Dr. Praeger's

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Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods
Company typePrivate
Area served
North America

Dr. Praeger's is an all-natural, frozen foods company based in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.[1][unreliable source?] The company was founded in 1994 and run by practicing cardiac surgeons Dr. Peter Praeger and Dr. Eric Somberg and their families.[1]

Dr. Praeger’s produces about 30 items in the following categories: veggie burgers, veggie-potato pancakes, appetizers/snacks/side dishes, breaded fish, gefilte fish, and kids’ products.[1] Dr. Praeger’s products are all-natural, preservative-free, Kosher, dairy free, free of artificial flavors and colors and MSG, trans-fat free and most are also low in cholesterol, sodium and/or saturated fats.[2][unreliable source?] The products are distributed across the United States and internationally in Canada, Europe, South America and Israel.[1]

Two Dr. Praeger's burgers on a frying pan

In 2020, Dr. Praeger’s won the Lausanne Index Prize - Food Clean Prize.[3]


One of the brand’s first and most popular products, the California Veggie Burger, was inspired by Dr. Praeger’s patients, who complained about a lack of healthy and tasty food that they could eat after surgery.[1] After months of ingredient research and taste testing, Dr. Praeger created the California Veggie Burger, which contains carrots, spinach, peas, edamame, and oat bran.[4][5]

Dr. Praeger’s also has a line of products for people who cannot consume gluten. These products include: Broccoli Littles, Broccoli Pancakes, Gluten-Free California Veggie Burgers, Kale Veggie Burgers, Potato Littles, Quinoa and Herb Crusted Fillets, Rice Crusted Fishies, Rice Crusted Fish Fillets, Rice Crusted Fish Sticks, Root Vegetable Pancakes, Southern Cornmeal Crusted Cod, Spinach Littles, Spinach Pancakes, Sweet Potato Littles, Sweet Potato Pancakes, Thai Coconut Crusted Fillets, and Zucchini & Carrot Pancakes. [6][unreliable source?]

Dr. Praeger died on September 22, 2012, in Hackensack, New Jersey, at age 65. He had been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.[7]

After the death of Dr. Peter Praeger in 2012 the company underwent management restructuring. In late 2013 it was announced that Larry Praeger, the son of company co-founder Dr. Peter Praeger, would succeed his father as the CEO of Dr. Praeger’s. Larry Praeger had previously served as vice president of the company during his 14-year tenure.[8] The management restructuring also appointed Adam Somberg, the son of company co-founder Dr. Eric Somberg as President.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Morgan, Jamie (2011). "Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods". Food & Drink. Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  2. ^ "Frozen Foods to the Rescue!". 18 May 2011.
  3. ^ "2020 L.I.P. Food Clean Prize - Dr. Praeger's". Archived from the original on 2021-01-23. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  4. ^ Neglia, Ashley V. (19 December 2007). "Miracle Worker". New Jersey Monthly.
  5. ^ "Best Frozen Foods for Weight Loss". The Doctor Oz Show. 25 August 2021.
  6. ^ "FAQ". Dr. Praeger's. Archived from the original on 2012-07-07.
  7. ^ Fox, Margalit (29 September 2012). "Peter Praeger, a Surgeon With a Health Food Company, Dies at 65". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Dr. Praeger's Reveals CEO, President Succession". Progressive Grocer. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  9. ^ "Successful Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods Announces CEO & President Succession". www.businesswire.com. 2013-12-05. Retrieved 2020-05-11.

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