Nestlé has announced that it is to launch plant-based sausages that look, taste, and cook like their meat-based counterparts in Europe and the United States.
In Europe, the soy-based Garden Gourmet Incredible Sausage will be available in Bratwurst and Chorizo styles.
It will launch for retail starting in March in 11 European markets, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Soon after, version for restaurants and food service will be available to out of home customers, the consumer goods giant said.
The United States will see the pea protein-based Sweet Earth Sausage arrive on shelves beginning in April in three varieties including Habanero Cheddar, Asian Ginger Scallion and Chik’n Apple.
"After the huge success of our plant-based burgers and grounds, we’re now adding another favourite. These plant-based sausages really deliver on flavour and texture," said Wayne England, head of Nestlé's food business.
"Their juiciness and firm bite means you can cook and enjoy them any way you like, including grilling, roasting or pan-frying."
People and Planet
Nestlé said in a statement that is committed to providing more delicious, nutritious and sustainable plant-based options for consumers around the globe.
'People are continuing to look for different ways to eat more healthily by diversifying their protein intake and lower the environmental footprint of their diets,' the group said.
Garden Gourmet is putting the 'incredible' into plant-based sausages with carefully chosen ingredients including soy, beetroot, carrots, peppers, and rapeseed and coconut oils.
With 13 grams of plant-based protein, no cholesterol and around 40% less fat than a sausage made of pork, the Garden Gourmet.
Shift from Virgin Plastic
Nestlé recently announced that it will invest up to €1.9 billion (CHF 2 billion) to lead the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions.
Building on its 2018 commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, Nestlé will reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third in the same period whilst working with others to advance the circular economy and endeavor to clean up plastic waste from oceans, lakes and rivers, the company said.
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