Local Beef Jerky Outlet Set to Open in Greensboro

An Amusement Park for Carnivores and a Gourmet Snack Lovers Dream

The Beef Jerky Outlet has arrived in the Triad and will be opening its doors next week! The store is located in the Wendover Place shopping center in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the corner of Wendover Avenue and I-40 (use the Comfort Inn parking lot for easy access to the store).
This local Beef Jerky Outlet specializes in more than 200 premium jerky varieties and sizes. Available specialty meats include kangaroo, alligator, venison and elk, as well as exotic flavors ranging from Moonshine to Cajun. Beef jerky is the ultimate snack food. Packed with protein and low in fat, beef jerky is the perfect treat for meat lovers of all ages. The popularity of jerky is rapidly growing, and from 2009 to 2015, beef jerky sales jumped 46 percent! According to the Chicago based market research firm, IRI, Americans spent $2.8 billion on beef jerky in 2015.
“We’re really excited about bringing this store to the Triad,” said JD Zigelhofer, owner of the Greensboro Beef Jerky Outlet with his wife Linda. “Jerky has always been one of my favorite snacks and after visiting a store in West Virginia while on a family vacation, I was hooked. My current favorite jerky is the prime rib. In addition to jerky, we have gourmet snacks and spices. There is something for everyone and it’s a unique and fun experience the whole family can enjoy.”
The Greensboro Beef Jerky Outlet plans to celebrate their Grand Opening next month.
History of Beef Jerky 
The word jerky has its origins in the native languages of South America. In the 1800s, the term “jerky” quickly spread across the New World to describe the process of smoking, drying and curing beef. Native Americans, cowboys and pioneers made and embraced jerky as an easily transportable and long-lasting food source. Jerky has traditionally been the number-one favorite snack of the military, and for years, NASA has sent it into space with our astronauts. Today, jerky is selling like crazy with the general population because of America’s demand for lightweight, high protein foods. Jerky is lean, high in protein and nutritional value and low in calories, carbohydrates and fat (jerky is only 3 percent fat).
 IRI, a Chicago based market research firm, reports sales of jerky jumped 46 percent from 2009-2013, catapulting it to a $1.24 billion industry.
• Jerky is in the beef snack category — the fastest growing segment of the snack food industry (Convenience Store Decisions, Nov. 2012).
• Our nation’s health craze is fueling the jerky revolution as runners, weightlifters, hikers and weekend warriors eat it before, during and after exercise.
• Jerky is a popular snack for folks on the trendy Paleo diet, which urges consumers to eat the kinds of foods eaten by their hunter/gatherer ancestors.
• Jerky is catching on for women too, because the cured, low-fat snack provides an energy boost without spoiling the diet. A study at Penn State University found physically active women, ages 18-45, consider jerky more convenient and satisfying than tortilla chips.
 Chefs are now incorporating jerky into their gourmet dishes. You can find jerky on the menus of high-end restaurants in Four Seasons hotels and others throughout the country.
About the Beef Jerky Outlet  
The Beef Jerky Outlet was founded in 2010 and is the country’s first national jerky franchise.?There are currently 65 franchise locations, including 6 founder-owned stores.?Over the next 18 months, this number will grow to more than 100 locations across the U.S.?The Beef Jerky Outlet specializes in more than 200 jerky varieties including kangaroo, alligator, venison and elk. It is available in various sizes, as well as exotic flavors ranging from Moonshine to Cajun. Today, jerky is one of the fastest growing snacks in the snack food industry. This dried, smoked meat is the number-one snack of the military, including NASA, which has been sending astronauts into space with jerky since 1996. Jerky is lean, high in protein, low in calories, is very low-fat and has a very long shelf life. Millions seek out and enjoy this very nutritious snack every day. The Chicago based market research firm, IRI, reports that jerky sales have turned into a $1.24 billion industry. Across the county people are literally eating it up!

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