IRELAND – Kerry Taste & Nutrition has launched the ‘Radicle by Kerry’ range of taste, nutrition and functional solutions as the company seeks to offer customers an integrated solution of plant based foods.

The Radicle by Kerry solutions can be paired with plant-based proteins and dairy alternatives, which Kerry says provides the broadest portfolio of plant-based food solutions in the market and aims to position the group as category leaders.

The range have been initially launched in the Europe and North America as the company plans to roll-out the products globally in the coming months.

The solutions will address both meat alternatives and dairy alternatives, currently the biggest and fastest growing categories in the vegan industry.

As the global plant-based food market value is estimated to clock approximately US$23.4 billion by 2026, Kerry is capitalizing on this by presenting better plant-based foods with authentic tastes and cleaner labels.

“There is no doubt that there continues to be a mainstream consumer shift towards a flexitarian diet,” Malcolm Sheil, president and CEO, of Kerry Europe & Russia said during the launch.

“Consumer preferences, from restaurants to retail, have never seen such dynamic change, but for the food industry these developments are as challenging as they are exciting.

“Radicle by Kerry brings together our dairy and meat heritage and our technology, processing and applications expertise, with over 20 years of experience in the plant-based food space.

“It asserts Kerry’s position as a trusted partner for the food industry in leading to better plant-based food, by offering the industry’s broadest portfolio of taste, nutrition and functional solutions.”​

In terms of dairy-free ice-cream and non-dairy cheese, the food solutions will optimise taste, texture, nutrition and functionality.

With regards to plant-based protein such as burgers and sausages, the solutions create plant-based meat alternative products with taste, texture, functionality and nutrition.

Darren O’Sullivan, plant-based food director at Kerry Europe, added: “Radicle by Kerry represents a significant launch for our business.

“The depth of what we can offer customers is unique in the marketplace. Whether customers seek meat alternatives or dairy alternatives, we offer a total solution with the ability to deliver taste, texture, nutrition and functionality.

“We look forward to innovating with customers right across the foodservice and retail channels to create new and exciting dishes for the growing flexitarian consumer group.”​