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GOLD: The Kroger Co. — Private Selection Carne Asada Jerky (Kroger brand) Unbelievable aroma and flavor. When you open the package, it smells just like fresh-cooked carne asada. Jerky has a nice color with visible fresh spices. Not too salty. Delicious.

MEAT, SEAFOOD AND POULTRY (FROZEN) GOLD: AZ Gems — Fremont Fish Market Medium Raw Peeled Shrimp (ALDI brand) OK, so frozen shrimp isn’t really innovative, but so what? This product cooks up well in minutes and tastes exquisite. Its packaging shouts that it’s all natural and contains no preservatives. It is also sustainably sourced, a big differentiator for private brands these days.

MEAT, SEAFOOD AND POULTRY (FROZEN) SILVER: The Kroger Co., Maple Breakfast Meatballs (Kroger brand) Meatballs for breakfast? Why not? This is a bit of an innovative risk but it works. The fully-cooked meatballs are tender and tasty, and not overpowered with maple taste. Meatballs and eggs anyone? BRONZE: Tri-Union Frozen Products —Fremont Fish Market Cooked Shrimp in Medium, Large and Jumbo Sizes (ALDI brand) No matter the size, these are high-quality and sustainably sourced products.

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MEAT, SEAFOOD AND POULTRY (PROCESSED) GOLD: The Kroger Co. — HemisFares Beech Wood Cold Smoked Salmon (Kroger brand) Perfectly smoked with mild beech wood. Rich in color and taste; the salmon just seems to melt in your mouth. The product also tells a fine story about its origin and sustainable characteristics. HemisFares is Kroger’s ultra-premium line and this product represents the line well. SILVER: Daniele Inc. — Appleton Farms Prosciutto (ALDI brand) This is an excellent prosciutto made by a family company that knows how to make it. BRONZE: Carl Buddig — Lunch Mate Tubs in various protein selections including uncured honey ham, uncured smoked ham, lower sodium uncured honey ham, oven-roasted turkey breast, rotisserie chicken breast and roast beef (ALDI brands) Deli meat done right by a manufacturer that has been making it for more than 75 years. Also, deli meat done right at a tremendous value — $3.99 for 16 ounces.

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