June 29/Sheboygan Falls, Wis. -- Johnsonville Sausage launched its new Pork and Chicken Sausage -- available in Traditional Brat and Mild Italian -- in time for the official start of summer.  These new sausage varieties have 50% less fat and are now available at select retailers nationwide.

"At Johnsonville, we know there is nothing like a summer cookout with family and friends," said Amber Brandimarte, Johnsonville senior brand manager.  "We also know many folks are looking for better-for-you options to enjoy on the grill.  We're so excited we finally have what people have been looking for – the amazing flavor of Johnsonville, with half the fat.  There's just nothing else like it!"

Managing weight and getting in shape for summer doesn't have to mean sacrificing the flavor you love, agrees Dietitian Sarah-Jane Bedwell.  She recommends keeping protein a staple at each meal, to help increase satisfaction and reduce the desire to snack.

"Single-serving protein sources, such as a container of low-fat yogurt, a 100-calorie pack of nuts or a link of Johnsonville Pork & Chicken Sausage, are excellent ways to keep calories in check while getting the perfect amount of protein," said Bedwell.

Johnsonville Pork & Chicken Sausage is made with a lively blend of herbs and spices, as well as the freshest cuts of pork, blended with naturally lean chicken. Traditional Brat and Mild Italian are two delicious options perfect for summer grilling. Both new products have 50% less fat and 0g trans fat.

In addition to the new Pork & Chicken Sausage, Johnsonville also offers four varieties of fully cooked Chicken Sausage.  Available in Cajun, Three Cheese Italian Style, Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese and Apple, these fully cooked sausages also offer 50% less fat.

Johnsonville Pork & Chicken Sausage is now available in select retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $5.49. Johnsonville fully cooked Chicken Sausage is available at retailers nationwide, for a suggested retail price of $4.49.

 From the July 2, 2012, Prepared Foods Product of the Day