Garden Protein International Inc.

Garden Protein International Inc.

September 30, 2009 09:01 ET

gardein™ Supports World Vegetarian Day and Vegetarian Awareness Month With the Launch of a New Frozen Line of Tasty and Meaty Plant-Based Foods

From Meat-free 'Finger Food' to 'Center of the Plate' Plant-Based Proteins these Tasty New Foods will Appeal to Meat Lovers and Veggie Lovers Alike!

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2009) - In celebration of World Vegetarian Day on October 1st and the kick off of Vegetarian Awareness Month, gardein(TM) is pleased to announce the launch of its new frozen line of wholesome plant-based foods in the United States.

gardein's line of five new healthy and convenient frozen foods that are ideal for lunch, dinner or as an appetizer or snack are now available in the frozen sections at leading U.S. grocery stores.

"We believe a plant-based diet is part of the solution to feeding our growing global population," said Yves Potvin, founder of Garden Protein International, makers of gardein. "Our foods not only taste good but they are good for you and our planet. Research shows that going vegetarian just one day a week is a significant action a person can take to help protect the environment."

For those individuals looking to "go vegetarian" on October 1, the makers of gardein have put together a tasty and healthy menu of plant-based foods. To download gardein's World Vegetarian Day Menu and recipes, please go to www.gardein.com/vegday_menu.php.

gardein foods are a tasty blend of plant-based proteins, vegetables and grains that are high in protein and low in fat, with no cholesterol, trans or saturated fats. They are made in a similar fashion to that of bread or pasta. gardein contains no animal or dairy ingredients, and is a good source of fiber and iron. Additionally, gardein is a complete protein source in that it contains all the essential amino acids.

gardein can be prepared on a stove top or barbeque as part of a healthy meal, or for consumers wanting a quick and easy healthy snack or appetizer it can be prepared in a microwave. New foods included in the gardein frozen line are:

seven grain crispy tenders-tasty chick'n tenders are ready in 15-20 minutes. Ideal for dipping in a favorite sauce or served a top a salad. Approximately 10 per pack; 9 grams of protein, 1.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol and 90 calories per serving (1.8 oz); five servings per package. Suggested retail price of $4.99.

classic style buffalo wings-spicy buffalo wings are ready in 10 minutes. Ideal for dipping in ranch or blue cheese dressing or served with coleslaw, Spanish rice or vegetable sticks. Approximately 12 per pack; 16 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol and 120 calories per serving (3.5 oz); 2.5 servings per package. Suggested retail price of $4.99.

home style beefless tips-meaty beefless tips are ready in 5 minutes. Ideal in a marinade or as a meat-alternative in a recipe. Nine oz. pack; 18 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol and 120 calories per serving (3.5 oz); 2.5 servings per package. Suggest retail price of $4.99.

marina chick'n good stuff-hearty vegan cheese stuffers are ready in as little as 20 minutes. Ideally served with a salad or rice, roasted potatoes or green veggies or with spaghetti and tomato sauce. 10 oz pack; 22 grams of protein, 4.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol and 210 calories per serving (one stuffer); 2 servings per package. Suggested retail price of $4.99.

chick'n scallopini-versatile lightly seasoned scallopinis are ready in less than 6 minutes. Ideally saute in olive oil; add capers, fresh lemon juice and chives for more zest or cook on the BBQ with a marinade or sauce. Serve as a centre of the plate protein or in a bun. 10 oz pack; 14 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat, no cholesterol and 90 calories per serving (one scallopini); 4 servings per package. Suggested retail price of $4.99.

For additional information about gardein including nutrition facts, recipes and retail availability please visit www.gardein.com.

About gardein

gardein(TM) is a tasty blend of plant-based proteins, veggies and grains with a meaty-texture made by Vancouver, B.C.-based Garden Protein International, Inc. gardein foods are high in protein, contain no saturated or trans fats and are cholesterol free. The majority of gardein foods are high in fiber and low in fat too. Today, gardein is available in the fresh sections of grocery and supermarkets in the United States and Canada and in the frozen sections of grocery stores in the United States. To learn more, go to www.gardein.com.

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