The first pea-based GreenWise Chickenless Tenders from Publix provide 11 grams of plant-based protein.
Under the Publix organic GreenWise store brand, the retailer has introduced its first pea-based chickenless tenders, joining meatless burger patties that launched in April, and a previously released traditional black bean burger and veggie burger under the private brand.
The new plant-based chicken tenders and burger patties are significant in that they answer a call for more plant-based proteins that the retailer had been relying on with national brands such as Beyond Meat and others. Maria Brous, director of communications for Publix, said customers have been requesting more plant-based options.
“By developing these meatless products under our trusted private label GreenWise brand, we are offering our customers high-quality options to support their lifestyle,” Brous said.
The Publix GreenWise brand is an organic line made with at least 70% organic ingredients, spanning food and nonfood categories. A few years ago, the retailer designed an organic concept store around its store brand. As of last year, the Lakeland, Fla.-based retailer had five GreenWise stores in Florida and a few in South Carolina and Alabama.
The GreenWise Chickenless Tenders and the GreenWise Meatless Burger, released in April, offer the texture and taste of meat while providing 11 and 19 grams of plant-based protein, respectively, the retailer said. As an added benefit for customers with food sensitivities, both new products are non-dairy and soy- and gluten-free.
The GreenWise products could perhaps lead to more plant-based and non-dairy items under the private label. Target this year introduced more than 30 plant-based items under its Good & Gather line and The Kroger Co. has been a plant-based leader with its Simple Truth line that is up over 75 items.
Other healthy and sustainable initiatives from Publix include leveraging fresh jackfruit, a popular substitute for shredded pork or chicken, inside items served at select Publix stores and all Publix GreenWise Market locations; working with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to evaluate fish stock and fisheries’ impact on the broader environment; and working with the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative to verify credibility in seafood certifications.
Additionally, Publix participates in the Ocean Disclosure Project and sources local foods, including partnering with local hydroponic growers for sustainable leafy greens. Early in the year, a range of plant-based nutritional powders launched under the GreenWise brand, too.
Privately owned and operated by its more than 200,000 employees, Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix has over 1,200 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company is No. 11 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.