Swiss food giant Nestlé has expanded its range of plant-based meat products with brand new vegan sausages.
The company said it will start selling soy-based bratwurst and chorizo-style sausages under its Garden Gourmet brand in March in 11 European markets including Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. The version for restaurants and foodservice will appear on the market later.
The vegan sausages which the company is launching in the US are made from pea-protein instead of soy. The products will be launched under the brand Sweet Earth Sausage in three versions – Habanero Cheddar, Asian Ginger Scallion and Chik’n Apple.
The company claims that the new products “look, taste and cook like a sausage should”.
“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.
The packaging for the sausages has been designed to be fully recyclable.
Nestlé already has a range of meat alternatives including nuggets and schnitzels, and last year introduced its plant-based burger.
“The burger was what you would call in the tech industry the killer app — it got the whole plant-based trend running. But it’s not enough to just have a burger,” chief executive officer Mark Schneider said.
The company representatives confirm that Garden Gourmet and Sweet Earth brands will be continuing to expand their range of products based on vegetables. Nestlé is also developing plant-based tuna which could be used for sushi or served as a patty.