Quick menu options: Commissaries expanding fresh meal kits to more stateside stores
FORT LEE, Va. – Meal kits, billed as gourmet style meals ready in as little as 10 minutes, will be available at all stateside commissaries by September, the Defense Commissary Agency announced.
Meal kits were introduced last November in 12 commissaries in Virginia and North Carolina, and sales prompted their phased expansion to other stores beginning in April and ending Sept. 30.
The kits are being offered in response to customer demand and market growth in the meal kit industry, according to Darrell Clary, the agency’s category manager for meat, beverages and deli/bakery.
The four-portion meals come in Fresh Meal Kits, One Pan Dishes and Premium Pairings meal options. All meals contain fresh protein, flavorful sauces and finishing elements such as toppings, breading or vegetables. The individually wrapped ingredients are easily combined to create a tasty culinary delight with easy-to-follow directions or recipe cards, which are included with every meal.
Customers have 10 menu choices among the meal kit offerings, all under the Tyson Tastemaker brand. With the expansion, the entire line of meals will become available. Current menu options available are Fresh Meal Kits including Nashville Hot and Crispy Chicken, Parmesan Breaded Chicken, Carne Asada Street Tacos and Tomato Braised Chicken Cacciatore; One Pan Dishes, offering Korean BBQ Style Chicken, Chicken Arrabbiata and Chicken Paella; and Premium Pairings including Bruschetta Chicken, Olive Oil and Herb Chicken and Italian Herbed Pork Chops.
Menus will change as new items are introduced.
Stores offering the meal kits are: North and South Fort Bragg, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Stations New River and Cherry Point in North Carolina; and in Virginia, Naval Air Station Oceana, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Portsmouth Norfolk Naval Ship Yard, Naval Station Norfolk, Fort Eustis, Langley Air Force Base and Fort Lee.
Stores slated to carry the brand starting in April are: Fort Meade, Andrews Air Force Base, Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland; Fort Belvoir, Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Myer in Virginia; Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia and Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.
Stores scheduled to start carrying the brand in May are: Dover Air Force Base, Delaware; Naval Support Activity Annapolis, Forest Glen and Fort Detrick in Maryland; Carlisle Barracks and Pittsburgh Area in Pennsylvania; Fort Jackson, Charleston Air Force Base, Shaw Air Force Base, Charleston Naval Weapons Station and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina and Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, Virginia.
The rollout to other commissaries will be completed by the end of September.
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