Wednesday, May 10, 2006

health magazine: Health Magazine Names StarKist Tuna Fillets(TM) 2006 ''Best in Foods'' Awards Winner

An Excellent Source of Lean Protein, Packed with Essential Nutrients and Heart-Healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids -- StarKist Continues to Reel In the Accolades with its Delicious, Hassle-fresh and Healthy StarKist Tuna Fillets

Charlie(R) the tuna's latest mouth-watering catch is making a splash with the editors at Health magazine, one of America's most trusted sources on healthy living. Health magazine today announced that StarKist Tuna Fillets(TM) is a winner in the 2006 "Best in Foods" Awards. Reeling in the accolades -- StarKist Tuna Fillets is among 25 of the best foods of the year that will be featured in the publication's May issue, which is now on newsstands

Health reviewed more than 500 products--from snacks and staples to frozen meals and desserts--based on criteria that included taste, nutrition, convenience, and availability. The 25 winners were chosen by a panel of highly-skilled, food-savvy judges including: best-selling cookbook author Mark Bittman; Food Network's Robin Miller; spa chef Scott Uehlein; and, Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert.

"The result of our 'Best of Foods' Awards is a well-edited list of foods you don't have to think twice about filling your shopping cart or your stomach with," says Frances Largeman, RD, Health's food and nutrition editor. "Our panel was impressed by StarKist Tuna Fillets for several reasons - great taste, convenience and the heart-healthy benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in tuna. This product is ideal for a high-protein lunch at the office. We applaud StarKist for taking tuna to the next level with these new fillets."

According to Lisa Henriksen, Vice President of Marketing at StarKist Seafood, "We are thrilled that StarKist Tuna Fillets was named a 2006 "Best in Foods" Awards winner. At StarKist, we are passionate about providing consumers with healthy, delicious and convenient ways to incorporate more fish in their diet. StarKist Tuna Fillets bring restaurant-quality taste to the table in a matter of seconds -- while avoiding the intimidation of preparing a tuna fillet. All you need is an appetite for adventure and 20 seconds to make a big splash for lunch or dinner."

StarKist Tuna Fillets(TM) is a delicious and healthful entree-style tuna fillets conveniently packaged in the revolutionary Flavor-Fresh Pouch(R) with no artificial preservatives added. The product was introduced in September 2006 and is made of prime quality Albacore and Yellowfin Tuna. Each fillet is grilled, marinated and glazed in a delectable sauce.

Three StarKist Tuna Fillets product varieties available at major grocery retailers nationwide include: Albacore Lemon & Cracked Pepper; Light Meat Lightly Seasoned; and Light Meat Teriyaki. Available in the 5 oz. Flavor Fresh Pouch, StarKist Tuna Fillets provide one serving of tuna per pouch. They are fully cooked and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Nutritional Benefits Galore

"StarKist Tuna Fillets, an essential part of a heart-healthy diet, deliver the same health benefits associated with the complete line of StarKist products," said Laura Molseed, Registered Dietitian, Del Monte Foods. "Eating tuna is an excellent and affordable source of lean protein and essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, it is one of the easiest ways for consumers to add foods rich in Omega-3s to their diet and fulfill the twice weekly servings of fish as recommended by the American Heart Association."

Recent studies have shown that consuming foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can help maintain a healthy heart, lowers blood pressure and is critical for a child's brain development. StarKist tuna is an excellent low-fat source of protein and a natural source of the B Vitamins, Niacin and B-12, as well as Selenium and Omega 3 fatty acids. These nutrients are part of a healthy, balanced diet. Consider:

-- Tuna fish provides an excellent source of lean protein; it is low in total fat and saturated fat.

-- The B Vitamins, Niacin and B-12 found in tuna fish are essential to maintain energy levels and build red blood cells.

-- Selenium, an essential mineral, acts as a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from damage and promoting cell growth.

-- EPA and DHA Omega 3 Fatty Acids found in tuna fish have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, macular degeneration and to promote brain and visual development in children.

"If we can get people to eat just one more serving of tuna each week, as well as a variety of fruits, vegetables and tomatoes, each day - that is a significant movement towards a healthier lifestyle," said Molseed. "With StarKist Tuna Fillets, consumers can easily increase their intake of Omega 3 fatty acids and begin to enjoy the benefits of a balanced diet, an essential part of healthy living."

To learn more about StarKist Tuna Fillets, the complete line of StarKist products, as well as recipe ideas and nutrition information, visit

About Health magazine

Health is America's most trusted health and wellness magazine, giving women inspiration, information, and advice they can act on every day. The award-winning Time Inc. publication reaches more than 7 million women with all the know-how they need to lead happier and healthier lives.

About StarKist Seafood

StarKist Seafood, a division of Del Monte Foods, is the leading producer of canned tuna and the category leader in innovation. StarKist represents a 65-year tradition of quality, innovation and consumer trust. StarKist was the first to introduce the revolutionary Flavor Fresh Pouch(R), as well as a dolphin-safe policy.

About Del Monte Foods

Del Monte Foods is one of the country's largest and most well known producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded and private label food and pet products for the U.S. retail market, generating over $3 billion in net sales in fiscal 2005. With a powerful portfolio of brands including Del Monte(R), Contadina(R), StarKist(R), S&W(R), College Inn(R), 9Lives(R), Kibbles 'n Bits(R), Pup-Peroni(R), Snausages(R), Pounce(R) and Meaty Bone(R), Del Monte products are found in nine out of ten American households. For more information on Del Monte Foods Company (NYSE:DLM), visit the Company's website at

Editor's Note: Please contact Michelle Faist for product samples or recipe ideas that call for new StarKist Tuna Fillets.