Ground Pro from Inland Empire Foods: Shelf-stable lentil crumbles
By Elaine Watson
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Inland Empire Foods collaborated with Deepa Deshmukh RD to develop Ground Pro, patent-pending shelf stable seasoned lentil crumbles that can be credited as meat or meat alternates in the National School Lunch Program.
To taste test and pilot the product, says Deshmukh, “We launched in November 2019 and in March we had 12 schools ordering the product to be used on menus in winter and spring. Though the onset of COVID has temporary disrupted the momentum, the foodservice directors are planning to use the products once schools go back to the onsite dinning practices.
“We are also working with a large international food service company who is planning to use the product not only in schools but also in hospitals and universities.”