Is 'cauliflower rice' going mainstream? Green Giant hopes so
This Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, photo shows "Riced Cauliflower" for sale at a Trader Joe’s in New York. Swapping out the rice and potatoes in dishes with chopped-up cauliflower gained traction with followers of the Paleo diet and others mindful of their carbs. Now, several companies are trying to take advantage of the trend. Trader Joe’s began selling frozen “Riced Cauliflower” last year and a fresh version this year. (AP Photo/Candice Choi)
NEW YORK — Green Giant is hoping the ‘cauliflower rice’ trend can help it modernize its image and turn around declining sales.
The struggling vegetable maker plans to introduce frozen versions of the chopped vegetable, which dieters use to lower calories in starchy dishes. Others are in on the trend too, including Trader Joe’s and Wegmans, which each offer house brand versions.
Companies are hoping to capitalize on the trend by doing the prep work of chopping for what they hope is a growing legion of cauliflower heads. Some Trader Joe’s have quickly sold out of bags of its house version in some areas.
Green Giant plans to start selling bags of frozen ‘Riced Veggies’ made with cauliflower, as well as frozen ‘mashed cauliflower’ at the end of September.