High Liner Foods has announced it will be offering foodservice operators in the US Department of Agriculture's lunch programme a range of bite-sized seafood products, Simply Sauce Seafood Bites.

The breaded bite-sized portions are available in salmon, pollock and shrimp and each case comes with a sweet Asian sauce, made up of soy, chilli, garlic and spices, High Liner said. The sauce is optional giving foodservice operators the "flexibility" to use their own sauces.

The Canadian seafood maker added the line was a "fun" way for schools to meet the USDA's requirements for whole grains.

"Simply Sauce Seafood Bites are positioned to satisfy school directors' need to offer students healthy choices and students' demand for great tasting and fun lunch options," said Jim LaBelle, foodservice VP of marketing for High Liner Foods. "Our bite-sized seafood options, served with or without sauces, are aligned with today's trend towards more à la carte and grab 'n go lunch alternatives."