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StarKist® Announces New Gourmet Selects® Pouch Line

America's Leading Seafood Brand Aligns with Executive Chef Ryan Scott to Take Shelf-Stable Tuna to the Next Level by Introducing Internationally-Inspired Flavors Featuring Real Diced Vegetables

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- StarKist Co., a leading producer, distributor and marketer of shelf-stable seafood products in the United States, announced today the brand's newest addition to its successful Flavor Fresh Pouch portfolio, StarKist® Gourmet Selects® tuna pouches. The wild-caught, premium tuna pouches are packed with real vegetables, like diced chili peppers, sundried tomatoes or jalapenos, adding gourmet flavor to the three internationally-inspired varieties – Thai, Mediterranean, and Mexican-Style tuna. StarKist is also teaming up with Executive Chef, TV and Radio Show Personality, Chef Ryan Scott, to lend his culinary expertise in promoting the new product.

"As the first seafood company to introduce the flavor fresh pouch, innovation is at the core of everything we do," said Frank Pogue, Vice President, Marketing and Innovation at StarKist. "With the introduction of Gourmet Selects Tuna Pouches, we're bringing convenience to the gourmet food category. By combining global flavors with premium quality tuna, we are further elevating the way Americans think about seafood."

Everyday Gourmet Flavor
StarKist's Gourmet Selects® 2.6 oz. pouches feature a convenient, tear-open and no-drain design, making it easy to enjoy premium tuna straight from the pouch or to easily incorporate into a simple meal or snack. Available in three internationally-inspired varieties, the pouches add just the right amount of flavor to make any meal taste gourmet:

  • Mexican Style Tuna – Premium tuna mixed with diced jalapenos and packed in sunflower oil
  • Mediterranean Style Tuna – Premium tuna mixed with chopped sundried tomatoes and packed in extra virgin olive oil
  • Thai Style Tuna – Premium tuna mixed with diced chili peppers and packed in sunflower oil

As a long-time fan of the StarKist Flavor Fresh Pouch®, Executive Chef, TV and Radio Show Host, Chef Ryan Scott, couldn't be more excited about the new Gourmet Selects pouch line. "With my busy schedule, I'm all about simple and easy meals that taste great," says Scott. "Whether it's whipping up a quick Mexican style rice, or grabbing a fork and eating right out of the pouch, the flavors of StarKist's new Gourmet Selects pouches make any meal a gourmet occasion."

Retailing for approximately $1.69 per pouch, the Gourmet Selects pouch line can be found in the shelf stable tuna section in grocery stores nationwide.

Fill Up on Fish
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating at least 8 – 12 oz. of a variety of fish each week – such as light meat tuna. Tuna is a good source of B vitamins, Vitamin D and Selenium, and also a lean protein low in cholesterol and saturated fats and a natural source of DHA and EPA Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Research has also shown that people who eat at least two servings of seafood a week have lower rates of heart disease than those who eat less.

Visit www.StarKist.com to learn more about the new StarKist® Gourmet Selects™ as well as the entire StarKist pouch line. Be sure to become a StarKist fan on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

About StarKist
StarKist Co. is a leading producer, distributor and marketer of shelf-stable seafood products in the United States. A category leader in innovation, StarKist® was the first brand to introduce the StarKist Flavor Fresh Pouch®; StarKist Tuna Creations®, a line of lightly seasoned tuna; and, a dolphin-safe policy.  As America's favorite tuna, StarKist represents a tradition of quality, innovation and consumer trust and is well known for its charismatic brand icon, Charlie® the Tuna, who swam into the hearts of tuna fans in 1961 and is still a fan favorite today.  StarKist Co. is a subsidiary of the Dongwon Group.

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