Nestlé has expanded its portfolio of plant-based products with the launch of shelf-stable SKUs in Chile under the Maggi Veg brand.
The range contains the company’s first shelf-stable plant-based minced meat.
Nestlé’s new products include SKUs that combine vegan ‘mincemeat’ with seasoning for dishes like tacos, empanadas or spaghetti bolognese, and a soup with lentils.
The faux-meat products are made with soy, and are “certified as vegan”.
“We continue launching plant-based products in many regions of the world to offer people tasty, nutritious alternatives to meat that they can enjoy with family and friends,” Torsten Pohl, Nestlé’s global head of R&D, said.
“Our new shelf-stable range also makes plant-based alternatives more accessible to a wider range of consumers in Chile. This makes them a delicious, excellent source of protein in many favourite recipes, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.”
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Nestlé already sells chilled and frozen meat alternatives. However, earlier this year, the company pulled the Garden Gourmet meat-free and Wunda alt-dairy brands from retail in the UK and Ireland to focus on its “core” portfolio.
The brands were launched in 2021, with Garden Gourmet made up of animal-free burgers, mince and sausage, while Wunda is a pea-based milk alternative.
Nestlé has retained Garden Gourmet for the UK foodservice market and for sale in other countries in Europe. It also offers plant-based options in beverages and confectionery
In June this year, Nestlé’s Israel food unit Tivall has teamed up with More Foods, a Tel Aviv-based manufacturer of vegan meat analogues.
The exact nature of the partnership is unclear, although, in a joint statement, Tivall and More Foods said they would “create a portfolio of innovative, pumpkin seed, meaty products for main meals”.
The Swiss enterprise has also recently piloted ready-to-heat, shelf-stable plant-based meal kits in China that feature local recipes like Mala Xiang Guo and Curry Chicken.