Company: Jack & Friends
Introduced: March 2019
Suggested Retail Price: $7.99
Product Snapshot: Jack & Friends is a new line of plant-based jerky that highlights the incredible texture and versatility of the delicious jackfruit. The perfect canvas for savory flavors, Jack & Friends blends the jackfruit with pea protein to create a vegan jerky unlike anything on the market. It’s perfectly chewy, rich, bold, and packs a whopping 21 grams of protein per bag without any of the top 8 food allergens or added sugar!
On a mission to make snacks you can feel good about eating, regardless of your lifestyle or diet, Jack & Friends is striving to bring inclusivity to the snack space. That’s exactly why this jerky is crafted to ensure as many people as possible can enjoy it! Free from the top 8 food allergens, vegan, and gluten-free, Jack & Friends is truly a jerky for anyone and any lifestyle.
Two ingredients form the foundation of Jack & Friends and are responsible for its jerky’s ability to mimic the texture and appearance of real meat: jackfruit and pea protein. Jackfruit is a fruit grown and popularized in Southeast Asia that is proving to be a versatile food ingredient because of its neutral flavor, white color, and meaty texture when unripe. It contains a large amount of minerals and fiber, making it nutritionally favorable as well. Pea protein is a hypoallergenic and vegan alternative to soy, wheat, and dairy proteins, which are three of the eight major food allergens. Despite being derived from plants, it is a complete protein, meaning it contains each of the nine essential amino acids necessary in the human diet.
Jack’s first friend (flavor), Jack & Tom, uses tomatoes, poblano peppers, and a signature blend of spices to pack each bite with bold, savory flavor and a spicy kick!