First Fresh Foods Partners with Zidian Specialty Foods

First Fresh Foods Partners with Zidian Specialty Foods for Distribution

Gainesville, Georgia, April 3, 2017 – First Fresh Foods, a leading provider of fresh-to-market chicken sausage and chicken products, is partnering with Zidian Specialty Foods, known for its flagship brand Gia Russa, celebrity chef brands, private label and store brands, to distribute several of its products alongside Zidian’s line of Italian sauces and pasta.

Zidian’s products are known for bringing consistently fresh, flavorful and healthy Italian specialties to the marketplace. By only using a few, select ingredients that are pure and free of additives or preservatives they are able to uphold the time-honored Italian traditions. This is Zidian’s first foray into fresh-to-market meats. They currently distribute to stores in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Western NY including Shop n’ Save, Marc’s, Heinen’s, Giant Eagle and Tops Friendly Markets.

“Aligning and pairing our fresh-to-market products with Zidian was a natural fit, their focus is on clean and fresh ingredients, and this matches our clean label position,” says First Fresh Foods CEO William Jennings. “Our customers have come to expect high quality products from us and this partnership is an ideal growth opportunity for both brands.”

Zidian Specialty Foods will be offering the following eight First Fresh Foods products:
• Breakfast Sausage with Sage – With 58 percent less fat than pork sausage, this product brings a healthy option to the breakfast table. First Fresh Foods breakfast sausage combines pure chicken breast fillet and savory seasonings for a fresh, nutritious Taste for Life.

• Breakfast Sausage with Maple – Offers same healthy breakfast sausage but with the added flavor of real maple syrup and with 58 percent less fat than pork product alternatives.

• Mild Italian Chicken Sausage – This new favorite Italian sausage mimics pork in flavor and consistency while adding the nutritious benefits of all white breast meat. First Fresh Foods Italian sausage combines the renowned Old World seasonings of Europe with healthy, farm fresh ingredients for all the taste and 78 percent less fat.

• Hot Italian Chicken Sausage – The Italian Chicken Sausage with an extra kick of hot spices. First Fresh Foods Italian sausage combines the renowned Old World seasonings of Europe with healthy, farm fresh ingredients for all the taste and 78 percent less fat.

• Italian Style Chicken Sausage Meatballs – The Italian Style Chicken Sausage Meatballs are made with ground white breast chicken meat, basil, garlic, parmesan and Romano cheeses. They have more than 70% less fat than Italian pork/beef meatballs and are lower in calories and are gluten free.

• Italian Chicken Sausage Meatballs – The Italian Chicken Sausage Meatballs offer a wholesome alternative with ground Italian chicken sausage. They have more than 70% less fat than Italian pork/beef meatballs and are lower in calories and are gluten free.

• Home-Style Croquettes – First Fresh Foods full flavor white breast meat croquette that is savory and always ready to help make life easier in the kitchen. This breaded product is gluten free.

• Croquettes with Havarti Cheese – Havarti cheese adds a creamy experience to First Fresh Food’s traditional chicken croquette. This breaded product is gluten free.

All First Fresh Foods products are delivered fresh-to-market, never frozen, and are made from 100% whole chicken breast with a shelf life of 13-15 days. First Fresh Foods products are made wholly in the USA from locally raised, cage free chicken. The products have no added hormones, MSG, preservatives, fillers or nitrates, and are naturally gluten free. Products are ready to cook, and incorporate the freshest spices and cheeses to achieve the full flavored taste of traditional European recipes.

First Fresh Foods chicken sausages and chicken products can currently be found at Karns Quality Foods in Pennsylvania in the fresh meat case. Additionally, First Fresh Foods has secured partnerships with eight brokers to assist with its goal of becoming a nationally available brand.

First Fresh Foods state-of-the-art facility in GA integrates the latest technology into its production process. The facility enables First Fresh Foods to produce more than 11,500 pounds per hour while operating at the highest standards of transparency and efficiency.

First Fresh Foods is managed by an experienced leadership team led by Jennings. He has more than 25 years of experience in the food industry where his aptitude for visionary leadership and corporate strategy have led to successes in developing productive environments and strengthened corporate communities.

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About First Fresh Foods
First Fresh Foods specializes in producing high-quality fresh to market chicken sausage and chicken products. The company’s sausage products are made with 100% all-natural premium white meat chicken. No hormones, preservatives, nitrates, fillers, MSG or gluten are part of the profile of our lean and tasty chicken sausage products. First Fresh Foods is an American Poultry Company based in Gainesville, Georgia. First Fresh Foods products are processed in state-of-the-art USDA-approved and British Retail Consortium (BRC) certified plants. For more information about First Fresh Foods and their recipes, please visit http://www.firstfreshfoods.com.