More and more people are embracing a plant-based menu, and we’re right there with them. From the Americas to Asia, from Europe to Africa to Australia, we're serving up delicious plant-based food and beverages that deliver on taste, nutrition and value – offering people great alternatives for the food they already love.
For some, meat makes a meal. But an increasing number of people are choosing meat and dairy less often, as part of a 'flexitarian' diet. Studies have shown that up to 40% of consumers are already moving to a diet with less or even zero animal products. In the past two years, the sale of plant-based foods in the US has grown by 27%.
Expanding plant-based alternatives
Switching to plant-based food and beverages is not only interesting from a health point of view, but could also help in the fight against global warming. Accelerating the plant-based switch should help us attain our company commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, contributing to the ambitious aim of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
But to make a real impact, food companies need to offer more than just plant-based burgers. Which is why at Nestlé, we’ve got alternatives for every occasion. Whether you’re sitting down for breakfast, grabbing coffee or snacks on the-go, or enjoying a meal with family. Our diverse menu includes plant-based alternatives to meat and seafood, veggie-centric meal options. There’s also ready meals and recipe mixes, plant-based alternatives to dairy, coffee mixes and creamers, ice cream, cheese, and confectionery.
And there’s more to come – our global network of 300 food experts and chefs constantly research, tweak, and experiment to keep on improving our plant-based options.
In Asia, Harvest Gourmet is adapting to local tastes, such as a plant-based version of Kung Pao Chicken. Our local product development and production sites in Malaysia and China are feeding local demand.
Our Garden Gourmet food range in Europe continues to expand. One example is Vuna, our alternative to tuna based on pea protein with just six natural ingredients. It has the texture, flavour and appearance of tuna. Switching to sustainably produced plant-based seafood alternatives can help reduce overfishing and protect the biodiversity of oceans, so we have more seafood alternative launches on the horizon.
In the U.S. we’ve been offering up clean-label, meat-free foods with the award-winning brand Sweet Earth Foods. Frozen meals, burritos, breakfast sandwiches and plant-based burgers are available in an ever-increasing number of grocery stores across the country. Under the Sweet Earth brand, we also launched the plant-based Awesome Burger and Awesome Grounds as well as Sweet Earth Sausages.
We also have a strong and growing portfolio of plant-based alternatives to dairy made from pea, oat, soy, coconut, and more. Wunda is our new pea-based milk alternative that is epic in everything, whether poured over cereals or added to your favourite hot beverage. The best bit? It’s carbon neutral.
We’re hoping to help make a global difference by spreading plant-based options to as many people as possible around the world. That’s why as well as great new brands, we’re introducing plant-based versions of some of our most-loved names like KitKat, Milo or Nescafé. We’re dedicated to making delicious, healthy and sustainable food available whenever and wherever we can.