Glory Foods? is Helping Families Enjoy ?Soulful Lunches? This School Year


    Sept. 1, 2011 11:14 UTC

    Glory Foods? is Helping Families Enjoy ?Soulful Lunches? This School

    New Survey Reveals that Moms Want Home-Packed Lunches for their
    Children and They Want Them Flavorful;

    Win Big with ?Glory
    Foods Soulful Lunches Recipe Contest?

    In a new survey commissioned by Glory Foods, Inc. (Glory) — the leader
    in authentic, Southern-style seasoned greens and canned vegetables ?
    moms not only said that they prefer to send their kids off to school
    with a home-packed lunch (63.4%), but nearly 72 percent
    said they prefer flavor and taste over ease and convenience when
    preparing it. Less than one-fourth (23%) of respondents selected
    ease and convenience over flavor and taste. As the experts, Glory is
    helping families get the flavor they want with quick and easy resources
    to turn any ordinary lunch into a Southern-style experience.

    Survey Reveals that Moms Prefer Home-packed Lunches for Kids. Source: Glory Foods, Inc.

    Survey Reveals that Moms Prefer Home-packed Lunches for Kids. Source: Glory Foods, Inc.

    ?In terms of daily meals, lunch tends to get put on auto-pilot due to
    time constraints and other lifestyle priorities,? said Lisa Cliff, vice
    president of sales for Glory Foods. ?We want families to enjoy a tasty
    meal every time they sit down to eat, especially during lunchtime, when
    they?re in the throes of the day and typically in different places,?
    Cliff added.


    While misperceptions still persist about Southern-style cooking, the
    survey shows that a majority of moms are interested in preparing soul
    food lunches for their children. Not surprisingly, almost one-third
    (29%) said that they believe soulful lunches could be a lot of
    work. However, 25 percent said that they have prepared a soul
    food lunch for their child before, and 82 percent said that they
    WOULD. Nearly half (45.8%) thought that soul food lunches add
    ?Variety? and only 10 percent thought they were less healthy.

    ?The Southern lifestyle in general is becoming such a hot button across
    the U.S. and in American pop culture with the rise in popular reality
    shows, the Internet and social media influences, and the food is a BIG
    part of it all,? said Cliff. ?It doesn?t surprise us one bit that people
    are seeking out Southern-style cooking products and trends everywhere
    from their local grocery store specialty aisles to our Web site.?

    More Survey Highlights:

    • When asked what creative things they?ve done for their children?s
      lunchtime experience, a ?Surprise Snack? topped the list at a
      71 percent.
      Also ?Unique Sandwiches (56.3%),? ?Tasty
      Spreads and Dipping Sauces (37.4%)
      ? and ?Cool Lunch Boxes (42%).?
      ?All-Veggie (13.4%)? options came in last.
    • Nearly 90 percent of the respondents ranked flavor and
      taste as VERY important for their own
      lunches. And 86 percent said ease and convenience are VERY
      important for their own lunch.
    • Only 4.2 percent said they would never prepare a soul food
      lunch for their child.
    • For a summary of survey data, contact Christina Crawford at


    As more families send their kids to school with home-packed lunches,
    Glory Foods wants to make sure they don?t bring them back home. Chef
    David Francis, Glory Foods? Southern-style Cooking Expert, offers the
    following quick and easy tips for turning any lunch into a ?Soulful

    1. ?DIP?ity Do. Flavorful dips can be a soulful companion to
    kids? favorite lunch items such as chicken fingers, chips and veggies.
    Authentic southern-flavored dips like Sensibly Seasoned Black Bean
    Hummus and Black-eyed Peas & Mango Salsa can do the trick (recipes at

    2. Put the ?Bread? in Cornbread. Cornbread is a Southern cooking
    mainstay. Use a leftover square in the place of bread with peanut butter
    and jelly or even their favorite meats to create your very own
    Southern-style mini-sliders.

    3. Sweet Scoops. Kick the cookie to the curb and scoop a
    tablespoon of Sweet Potato Casserole or Fried Apples for the perfect
    dessert. And the best part is that there?s still plenty left in the can
    to heat-and-serve for dinner!

    4. Spread the Soul. Use a little spinach dip, barbeque sauce or
    honey mustard in the place of your ordinary sandwich spreads and savor
    all the rave reviews.

    5. Win the Glory Foods Soulful Lunches Recipe Contest. Throughout
    September 2011, people can visit The
    Glory Blog
    to take part in the ?Glory Foods Soulful Lunches Recipe Contest?
    to win a variety of prizes, product gift baskets and other promotional
    items. People can also join in the ?Soulful Lunches? discussion at The
    Glory Blog
    or at

    Survey Methodology

    Glory Foods? Soulful Lunches Survey was an online poll conducted by a
    third-party research company. The survey randomly sampled 400 females
    aged 25 and above with at least one school-aged child in the household.
    The survey used a national baseline with a margin of error of ?4.5%.

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    Christina Crawford,

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