As another year comes to a close, we, the editors of Prepared Foods, like to survey the new food and beverage product landscape to gain a sense of how many important product launches came into being.

Traditionally, the food and beverage industry generates something in the neighborhood of 20,000 new products annually. To be certain, we haven’t taken a hard look at every introduction. However, below is a sample of the range of innovative new food and beverage products that entered the marketplace in 2015.

Here, we focus on the MEAT, POULTRY & SEAFOOD category.

15. Jim Beam Ready-To-Cook Flavored Protein Meats
Jim Beam and Mistica Foods partner to offer new chicken wing item

14. Farm Rich Introduces Frozen Chicken Products
New items include Buffalo and BBQ Breaded Chicken Wings and Boneless Chicken Bites

13. Clearwater Seafoods Launches Scallop and Shrimp Products
New seafood products are made by forming natural and wild-caught Patagonian scallops into larger uniform medallions

12. Chomps Snack Sticks Launches Crankin' Cran Flavor
Snacks are sweetened with cranberries and apple juice instead of added sugars

11. Fishpeople Seafood Launch New Entrees
New products are inspired by comfort food flavors and come in retort pouches

10. Cher-Make Sausage Expands 100 Calorie Offerings
New bratwurst products feature traditional brat flavor and texture and are made from all-natural chicken

9. New Jack Link's Wild Side Sausages
Sausages are fully-cooked and come in five varieties

8. Piller's New Protein Snack
Minis Sausage Snacks are now available on Canadian grocery shelves

7. Old Wisconsin Introduces Fast Fuel
Fast Fuel Sausage Snacks and Bites are hardwood-smoked for flavor

6. Primal Grass-Fed Beef & Turkey Jerky
New jerky snacks are certified gluten-free, and are sourced from grass-fed, grass-finished beef

5. Fork In The Road Foods Launches Gourmet Sausages
New sausages are Non-GMO Project Verified, and are available at Whole Foods Market

4. StarKist Creations Offers New Innovations
Pouch products include Salmon Creations® in Lemon Dill and Mango Chipotle; Kid's Creations™ in Bacon Ranch and Honey BBQ; and a new Tuna Creations® flavor, Hot Buffalo Style

3. Bite-Size Seafood Dishes
Small Bites is a line of frozen bite-size dishes designed to be shared and stocked as a grab-and-go snack

2. New 100% Grass Fed Beef Product Line
PRE® 100% grass fed beef is sourced from trustworthy providers and focuses on taste, tenderness and juiciness

1. al fresco Chicken Bacon
New product is made with chicken, water, a dash of raw sugar, sea salt and celery powder