CHICAGO — Spartanburg Meat Processing Co. will roll out a new heat-and-eat branded rib product in the New Year.

Spartanburg, South Carolina-based Spartanburg’s 24 oz TGI Fridays rib tray will be in supermarket delis by January, JoAnne LaBounty, the company’s president and CEO, said at the Private Label Manufacturers Association’s annual show Nov. 12-14 in Chicago.

“We’ve been taking pre-orders for it, and the feedback has been tremendous,” LaBounty says. “There’s an opportunity in the market. Folks like the reusable tray.”

In addition to branded products, Spartanburg supplies private-label grocery deli products to Winn-Dixie, Safeway and other retailers.