Allens Introduces New Line Of Canned Vegetables

Allens, a vegetable company, has introduced a new line of southern style canned vegetables and side

The new products will be sold in 14oz, 27oz and 28oz cans at participating retailers, such as Wal-Mart, Food Lion, Publix, Bi-Lo and other major retail outlets.

The Southern Style line of vegetables and side dishes introduces a new flavor profile, including Hoppin' John, Seasoned Black Beans, Seasoned Blackeye Peas, Seasoned Cabbage, Seasoned Collard Greens, Mixed Greens and Turnip Greens -- 23 varieties in all.

David Brown, director of retail sales at Allens, said: "At Allens, creating innovative ways for our consumers to enjoy our canned side dishes is a job we take seriously. The new Southern Style line is one we know our consumers will love at first bite.

"Allens new Southern Style canned side dishes have the authentic flavor of traditional Allens favorites with just the right amount of spice to give them the kick that Southern taste buds desire."

Allens is a family-owned operated company, headquartered in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The company grows and packs both frozen and canned vegetables. Allens vegetables are sold in the US, and Veg-All Brand is sold internationally with 12 manufacturing plants throughout the US in Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Wisconsin and Mississippi.

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