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Clark Foods Celebrates National Baked Bean Day With New Products

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In celebration of National Baked Bean Day on July 4, Clark Foods has announced its entrance in the U.S. market with its line up of baked beans through a distribution arrangement with UNFI and KeHE.

This marks a milestone for the Canadian company, ensuring widespread availability and accessibility of its products throughout the U.S.

Rob McKenzie, president and CEOs, expressed his enthusiasm for the company’s expansion. “We are delighted to bring Clark Foods’ line of gourmet baked beans to the discerning tastes of American consumers. Our collaboration with UNFI and KeHE underscores our commitment to delivering unmatched quality and flavor to customers nationwide, and our flavors are specifically designed to challenge the status quo and provide a fresh perspective on a classic dish.

“With our unique approach to product development, we aim to redefine the standard of gourmet indulgence and inspire consumers to expect the unexpected. In an industry that has otherwise seen little innovation in the baked beans category, we believe that it is finally time to let Americans in on the secret that Canadians have been enjoying for 147 years.”

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In 1877, William Clark entered the Canadian prepared foods industry with a belief that he could make better-tasting, higher-quality food products. With three employees and no money in the bank, he rented an old store front in downtown Montreal. Before long, he and his four sons had built Clark Foods into one of Canada’s largest diversified canned food enterprises that now is setting its sights on the U.S. market.

Crafted with attention to detail and using premium ingredients, Clark Foods’ baked beans are designed to cater to consumer’s diverse palates yet be practical options for busy lifestyles. Flavors include Apple Bacon Mesquite, Root Beer, Maple Chipotle, Chili Lime, Buffalo Style and Peach Honey Habanero.

“With the start of summer and grilling season around the corner, we believe that the sides should match the quality of the brisket or ribs you lovingly and patiently took time to cook,” McKenzie said. “Our offering of beans comes in a range of flavors to conveniently fit a variety of cuisines and occasions that will elevate your meal without feeling like an afterthought.”

Clark Foods is finalizing the introduction of its baked beans in nationwide retailers, and products can already be found in more than 100 independent retail stores in New York, Chicago, New England and Pennsylvania.

Clark Foods is a leader in the Canadian food manufacturing industry, specializing in a range of canned food products, including baked beans and meat spreads.

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Sommer joined The Shelby Report in January 2022 after graduating from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA with a B.A. and M.A. in Communications and Media Studies. Sommer is excited to learn about the grocery industry and share her findings with The Shelby Report's readers!

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