Nestlé revamps plant-based food range

30 Aug 2019

Nestlé has expanded its plant-based food range in Europe with its new 'cook from raw' Garden Gourmet Incredible Mince. It is also introducing a new and improved version of its Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger.

The move comes, Nestlé says, as people continue to look at different ways to balance their protein intake and lower the environmental footprint of their diets.

Nestlé revamps plant-based food range

Nestlé says it is committed to offering a wide range of plant-based products that taste great and offer people new veggie food experiences.

The new Garden Gourmet Incredible Mince is said to be just as versatile and juicy as minced beef. It is easily shapeable, making it perfect to create balls or skewers that can be seasoned to taste. It can also be crumbled up in a pan, for example to make a delicious Bolognese sauce or 'Chili Sin Carne', according to the company.

Like the Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger, the plant-based mince looks and cooks like raw beef due to its blend of protein from soy, natural plant extracts – beetroot, carrot, and bell pepper – and vegetable fats.

The Garden Gourmet Incredible Mince will be available starting in September in a number of European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Sweden.

As part of continuous efforts to improve its plant-based range, Nestlé has also renewed the recipe of its Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger just seven months after its first launch. Based on consumer feedback, Nestlé says it was able to increase the juiciness, grilled beefy flavour and meat-like texture of the burger.

The burger is claimed to create the experience of eating a beef burger using natural soy and wheat protein, colour from natural plant extracts, chopped coconut oil, and a proprietary method of fermenting plant-based ingredients to boost the 'umami' flavour of the burger.

Wayne England, the head of Nestlé's food business, said: "We're pleased at the positive response to our Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger from a broad range of consumers. We have listened to their feedback and we have not sat still. This autumn we are launching a next generation that we are sure people will appreciate. As an extension to this exciting and fast-growing burger-led 'cook from raw' platform, we are proud to launch Garden GourmetIncredible Mince. This is a really versatile ingredient that is a real winner in many dishes. We will continue to work hard to improve our Garden Gourmet offers and to bring new formats to the market."

The 'cook from raw' products are just one element of a growing trend towards plant-based foods, Nestlé notes, and Garden Gourmet has 30 years' experience in this space. For example, it also offers a wide range of 'ready to heat' vegetarian or vegan meat substitutes such as filet pieces, burgers and sausages that are great ingredients to add to favourite meals.

Alongside meat alternatives, Garden Gourmet is also continuing to expand its range of products based on the goodness of vegetables. These already include a variety of balls, patties and bakes made with vegetable pieces, cheeses, grains and pulses.

England added: "On top of meat alternatives, our chefs and plant-based food experts are developing tasty and nutritious veggie-centric balls, patties and bites. These are full of flavor and surprising textures from vegetables, grains and pulses to inspire plant-based or flexitarian eaters to try more of our Garden Gourmet range."

Related tags

Innovation

Related news

Jelly Belly sweetens the deal with premium chocolate

Jelly Belly sweetens the deal with premium chocolate

22 Sep 2020

When it comes to candy, Jelly Belly has been there done that. To keep things fresh, this brand, which is known for its flavorful jelly beans, is branching out of its niche and introducing gourmet chocolate truffles and chocolate bars.

Read more 
Tastewise, the AI-powered food intelligence solution, launches in the UK

Tastewise, the AI-powered food intelligence solution, launches in the UK

21 Sep 2020

AI-powered platform Tastewise predicts the way consumers order, cook and eat through analyzing restaurant menus, social media interactions and online home recipes. After debuting in the U.S. last year, the insights company is now launching in the UK.

Read more 
PepsiCo trials digital watermark to facilitate recycling in EU

PepsiCo trials digital watermark to facilitate recycling in EU

18 Sep 2020

To help tackle the looming issue of waste management in the European Union, PepsiCo is partnering with a consortium of 85 industry stakeholders and the European Brands Association (AIM) to pilot a digital watermark technology aimed at making recycling ...

Read more 
Reese’s launches snack cakes for breakfast

Reese’s launches snack cakes for breakfast

11 Sep 2020

Consumption of sweets and treats has increased in the United States as a result of the pandemic, and now consumers will have yet one more occasion on which to indulge: breakfast. Hershey’s just announced its Reese’s Snack Cakes, a chocolate cake filled...

Read more 
Israeli biotech startup prints carpaccio

Israeli biotech startup prints carpaccio

3 Sep 2020

Israeli startup MeaTech 3D has just produced the first building block to create the holy grail of alternative proteins: steak. The biotech startup successfully printed a layer of muscle tissues that resembled carpaccio and proved that sorting muscle an...

Read more 
Coca-Cola introduces recyclable paperboard rings on its multi-packs

Coca-Cola introduces recyclable paperboard rings on its multi-packs

31 Aug 2020

As a result of its effort to remove all unnecessary hard to recycle plastic from its portfolio in Western Europe, Coca-Cola is introducing a paperboard packaging alternative called CanCollar in Spain.

Read more 
Thanks to the pandemic, foodtech booms during Q2

Thanks to the pandemic, foodtech booms during Q2

28 Aug 2020

The foodtech ecosystem was already evolving rapidly, but when the pandemic shifted business across the globe, technology-driven growth became even more vital to the CPG ecosystem. Plant-based products, cellular agriculture, online grocery and VC invest...

Read more 
Australia is converting stale beer into electricity

Australia is converting stale beer into electricity

21 Aug 2020

When lockdowns closed pubs, watering holes around Australia found themselves saddled with kegs of ales and lagers that were slowly passing their expiration date. However, instead of dumping them down the drain – which would require additional disposal ...

Read more 
Australia’s The Product Makers create gold chocolate using sugar cane extract

Australia’s The Product Makers create gold chocolate using sugar cane extract

13 Aug 2020

Australian ingredients company The Product Makers (TPM) has gone for the gold and isolated a sugarcane extract called Saccharum officinarum to create a golden chocolate. The company says that the extract can be used as a natural colorant but also has p...

Read more 
KFC invests in the future of chicken with bioprinting

KFC invests in the future of chicken with bioprinting

11 Aug 2020

Fast food chain KFC is working to produce the world’s first lab-produced, bioprinted chicken nuggets in partnership with Moscow-based 3D Bioprinting Solutions. The restaurant said that it is working toward creating a “restaurant of the future” where th...

Read more