Farm Rich Expands ‘Garden Inspirations’ Line With Restaurant-Style Zucchini, Cauliflower Snacks

According to the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), 7 in 10 frozen food shoppers have been buying more frozen items since the beginning of the pandemic, including frozen vegetables and snacks. And frozen food sales at U.S. retail stores increased by 38.2 percent in May.  

Introduced this past spring, Garden Inspirations is a new line of frozen, plant-based foods expanding options for flexitarians, vegetarians and anyone looking to reduce meat consumption in their daily diet and add more plant-based alternatives. This line includes appetizers, snacks and meal solutions made with plant-based meats and other wholesome plant-based ingredients.

In stores exclusively at Kroger (and online at Kroger.com and Instacart), the new Zucchini Sticks and Cauliflower Bites are a healthy and easy snack alternative, giving consumers more veggie options to include in their diets:

  • Breaded Cauliflower Bites: Whole cauliflower florets rolled in a wheat flour and crispy rice coating, with a quarter cup of cauliflower per serving. Comes with a Sweet Sesame Dipping Sauce. A great meatless alternative for snacking and meals.
  • Breaded Zucchini Sticks: Tender zucchini slices breaded in a savory coating. Comes with tangy marinara sauce for dipping. An easy way to eat more vegetables as a snack, appetizer or side to any meal.

These new items are priced around $7.99 and can be found in Kroger’s Frozen Vegetable section in the freezer aisle and on Instacart.

“The response to our first Garden Inspirations products [Meatless Meatballs, Plant-Based BBQ Sliders] was so positive, and we’re excited to expand the line with these new vegetable products,” said Ciera Womack, Farm Rich Senior Marketing Manager. “No matter what diet you follow – vegetarian, flexitarian or, as we like to say, ‘snackitarian’ – this innovative new line gives shoppers more plant-based options to enjoy at ease from the comfort of home.”

In April, Farm Rich introduced its first Garden Inspirations products at Kroger: Meatless Meatballs and Plant-Based BBQ Sliders. For more details and nutrition information, visit FarmRich.com.

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VW unveils ID.4 interior with some Tesla inspirations

VW is unveiling the ID.4’s interior today, or at least the electric SUV’s cockpit, and you could easily argue that there are some inspirations from Tesla’s minimalist interior.

Despite being trashed by many early on for the spartan approach to its interior design, Tesla has now definitely created a minimalist trend in the auto industry, with the user experience being centered around a large display in the middle of the dash.

We have seen some clear resemblance in the Mustang Mach-E’s interior, and in several popular EVs in China like Nio’s and Xpeng’s.

Now VW is today unveiling the interior of the upcoming ID.4 electric SUV, the German brand’s first new all-electric vehicle to hit the North American market, and we are again seeing some inspiration from Tesla.

While not as minimalist as Tesla’s, the interior is fairly simple, or “lightweight,” as VW refers to it with a modest line around the dash:

The experience centers around a protruding center touchscreen. However, unlike Tesla in the Model 3 and Model Y, VW retained an instrument cluster behind the wheel, albeit an extremely small one.

Volkswagen writes about the ID.4’s interior:

The ID.4’s interior design underlines the ample sense of space: similarly to the exterior design, it appears flowing and lightweight, focusing on the essential. The dash panel seems to be floating, as it is not linked to the center console, which has been designed as an independent component. A large, tilting panoramic sunroof made of glass (optional) grants an unrestricted view of the sky. As darkness falls, the background lighting can be adjusted within 30-color spectrum to set striking highlights in the vehicle interior. Klaus Zyciora emphasizes that the entire display and operating concept has been designed logically and with a straightforward character, adding ‘the intuitive operability of the ID.4 brings a new, electric ease to the crossover SUV category.’

Like the ID.3, the ID.4 is going to be equipped with the “ID. Light” system, which consists of a light strip below the windscreen that will change color and blink to indicate different functions like locking the car, navigation prompts, incoming calls, and many other options.

The ID.4’s interior is similar to the ID.3’s, but you could argue that it is even simpler with even more minimalist lines on the dash.

The electric SUV is going to be fully unveiled later this month and deliveries are starting in Europe later this year.

It is not expected to hit the American market until it goes into production at VW’s factory in Tennessee in early 2022.

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