Columbus-based food brand now offered at Publix

Columbus-based Aunt Pearlie's Foods will distribute its products in 933 Publix stores in five states.

"People want quality and they want to get their money's worth, period," said Bryan Stone, president and chief executive officer of Columbus Gourmet Inc. "For years, people in southwest Georgia have enjoyed our products and its time for the Southeast to know it too."

Aunt Pearlie's — a division of local multi-channel food processor Columbus Gourmet — will also begin offering 17-oz. single meals.

The brand specializes in ready-to-bake Southern side dishes, including cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle and corn casserole.

Aunt Pearlie's products are now available in Publix, Winn-Dixie, Harvey's Supermarkets and some Wal-Mart stores.