The MingsBings plant-based frozen food brand, founded by Iron Chef Ming Tsai, is now partnering with Dot Foods Inc, the largest foodservice redistributor in the United States, to further expand its availability to consumers throughout the country.
“This enables us to fulfill demand, gives us the ability to service distributors and operators nationally, and allows us to service our customers without the concern of order minimums. We are very excited to work with Dot and our customer partners as we continue to expand our foodservice presence,” said Robert Prunier, foodservice sales director for Boston, Massachusetts-based MingsBings.
As demand increases for plant-based and gluten-free menu offerings, foodservice buyers are looking for new products to introduce to their customers. Aramark recently committed to increasing its animal-free meal choices to 44% of all offerings across more than 250 educational institutions, and Dot Foods said that plant-based sales have grown 38% year over year, driven by SKU proliferation, innovation, product quality and increased interest and adoption from flexitarians.
The core lineup of MingsBings products, all of which are all plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free and food allergen friendly, now available at Dot Foods includes: Plant-Based Cheeseburger, Plant-Based Sausage & Peppers, Buffalo Cauliflower, Fiesta Taco, Plant-Based Sausage, Egg, and Cheese, Plant-Based Egg & Cheese, Plant-Based Chorizo, Egg & Cheese, and Veggie, Egg & Cheese.
Launched initially as a direct-to-consumer brand in 2020, the brand’s ready-to-heat handheld entreé and breakfast pockets have significantly gained traction in retail and foodservice segments of the market and are now on shelves at over 3,500 grocery stores across the United States, including Sprouts, Publix, Market Basket and Wegmans, as well as select Target and Whole Foods outlets. Additionally, MingsBings offerings are on the menu at Fenway Park and Hard Rock Stadium sports venues.