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Burke Corp. Launches New Plant-Based Alternatives

Nevada, Iowa-based Burke Corp., a subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corporation and an industry leader in foodservice fully cooked meat toppings and ingredients, announced the launch of new Burke Alternatives plant-based products available to foodservice operators across the country.

“We know that a growing number of consumers are interested in incorporating more plant-based foods into their diets,” said Amy Thielking, marketing manager at Burke. “These new products are the perfect way to not only add more plant options to meals, but also still enjoy a great-tasting meal with plant-based ingredients.”

Powered by pea protein, Burke Alternatives include a fully cooked crumble and uncooked ground products with traditional or Italian flavored options, have no allergens and offer versatile flavor that works on any menu.

“The bottom line is that people want to add more plants to their diet, but they also want them to taste great,” Thielking added. “The new plant-based products are great options for foodservice operators to be able to offer unique and delicious plant-based options for their patrons. These products are ideal for pizza toppings, tacos, sandwiches, soups and more.”

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Burke Corporation is a leading manufacturer of fully cooked meats, supplying the highest quality products for the foodservice and prepared food industries. Headquartered in Nevada, Iowa, Burke Corporation is a subsidiary of Hormel Foods and manufactures and markets fully cooked meats and meat alternatives to be used as ingredients in a variety of applications – for pizzerias, Italian and casual restaurants, and manufacturers of prepared foods. Throughout more than 40 years in the topping business and 50 years in the pizza industry, Burke has spent decades honing their skills to create the best ingredients and give the customer exactly what they need, consistently. To learn more about Burke, visit

ABOUT HORMEL FOODS — Inspired People. Inspired Food.

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY, SPAM, Hormel Natural Choice, Applegate, Justin’s, Wholly, Hormel Black Label, Columbus and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three straight years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies, has appeared on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for the 11th year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. The company lives by its purpose statement—Inspired People. Inspired Food.—to bring some of the world’s most trusted and iconic brands to tables across the globe. For more information, visit and