News Release
 May 17, 2013
CONTACT: Katie McKenna

Tops Friendly Markets and F. Wardynski & Sons are pleased to announce that they’ve partnered for the launch of the new Duetts Pork & Potato Sausage ™ line of products. Developed over the last two years, Wardynski uses a patented cooking process and formulation to blend fine cuts of pork, real russet potatoes, and gourmet seasonings. The result is sausage that has the richness and taste of traditional pork sausage, but with significantly lower fat and sodium. According to Wardynski, “Real potatoes add body, a rich buttery texture and flavor typically found in higher fat sausage products.”

Available exclusively at Tops Friendly Markets starting Memorial Day Weekend, the six flavors - Tomato Basil, Parmesan Garlic, Savory Sage, Fire Roasted Jalapeno & Cheddar, Spicy Cajun, and Buffalo Wing, have less fat than USDA standards for pre-cooked sausage

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Tops to launch our new line of sausage products,” says Raymond “Skip” Wardynski, President of F. Wardynski and Sons. “Duetts is really a new way of thinking about sausage and pairing classic pork and potato flavors is a natural fit. We put those great tastes together with all the flavor of traditional pork sausage and cut out fat. That’s big!”

According to food market research organization, The NDP Group’s National Eating Trends study the pork sausage market in the United States is on target to reach $1.8 billion in sales for 2013.

“Duetts is taking aim at this market through innovation that gives consumers a better-for-you option without sacrificing taste,” explains Joe Lopez, Vice President of Sales for the Duetts Brand. “While there are competitive products in the market made with lower fat protein ingredients, only pork sausage has the taste that everyone loves to barbeque. With Duetts we are able to retain that juicy, gourmet flavor while reducing the fat and sodium most consumers are conscious about these days.”

In addition to reduced fat and sodium, Duetts Sausage has no gluten, no MSG and is trans-fat free per serving. For Tops Markets, the opportunity to partner with Wardynski on the launch of the Duetts brand was an easy decision.

“We’re always looking for new, innovative and delicious products for our shoppers, and this pork and potato sausage is a great addition in our meat departments,” said Jim Lane, Tops’ Director of Meat and Seafood. “Wardynski’s is a long-standing, trusted brand and we’re excited to be carrying this new product exclusively on Tops’ shelves.”

Beginning May 18, Tops shoppers will be able to purchase Duetts Pork & Potato Sausage ™ at their local Tops stores across upstate, New York, northern Pennsylvania and northern Vermont. Shoppers can also enter the Duetts “Show Us Your Ugly Grill” contest to win one of three Weber Spirit Gas BBQ Grills. Shoppers can enter the contest on the Tops Facebook Page: or by visiting the Duetts website,

ABOUT F. WARDYNSKI & SONS INC. For over 90 years, F. Wardynski & Sons has been producing quality provisions – hot dogs, sausage, hams, and specialty processed meats – for the New York and national market. Located in Buffalo, NY, the business is family owned and operated. F. Wardynski and Sons is a USDA inspected, SQF-Level 2/GFSI certified pending facility.

ABOUT TOPS FRIENDLY MARKETS Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 155 full-service supermarkets – 150 company-owned and five franchise locations under the Tops, Grand Union and Bryant's banners. With more than 15,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at


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