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Food maker rolls out 'grown-up' ramen noodles
A “grown-up” version of a popular comfort food is on store shelves now, thanks to a local food maker.
Grand Rapids-based Pearson Foods has introduced Fresh Ramen, a health-focused product line available in the grab-and-go, fresh deli sections of more than 200 Meijer stores, according to Pearson yesterday.
“We did the research and found customers loved ramen but wanted a healthier version,” said Eric Pearson, president, Pearson Foods. “We were inspired by the modern food truck culture and worked to create gourmet ramen with authentic flavors convenient for people to enjoy.”
Fresh Ramen contains fresh noodles — rather than dried or frozen noodles — along with fresh produce and natural flavors in a savory broth. It comes in a clear plastic bowl that is designed to withstand high heat and to showcase the ingredients.
“To literally show consumers how much better fresh ramen is than traditional ramen noodles, we needed a different kind of packaging than the usual paper board and opaque foam,” said Ruta Pearson, VP of sales and marketing, Pearson Foods.
“We worked with our supplier to produce a stylish, crystal-clear ramen bowl that lets people see our fresh ingredients and the product’s quality and freshness. This is definitely not your college ramen.”
Fresh Ramen comes in five flavors: spicy sesame, ginger beef, miso, Tokyo chicken and Tonkotsu pork.
In addition to being available at Meijer, Fresh Ramen can also be found at select Jewel-Osco stores in the Chicago area.
Founded in 1977, Pearson Foods is a maker and distributor of fresh cut and fresh food products sold in the produce, deli and meat departments of stores, as well as to food service and manufacturing clients.
The company, which offers more than 500 products, has a processing division in Los Angeles.
Its Pearson Logistics division provides distribution to customers, as well as third-party refrigerated trucking services throughout the Midwest.