SWITZERLAND – Nestlé has developed new vegan alternatives to cheese and bacon, designed to complement its existing plant-based burger patties.
This makes it the first food and beverage company to develop and produce all three essential elements for a no-compromise plant-based ‘bacon cheeseburger’.
The Swiss food and beverage giant said that the complete burger solution will first be offered to professional clients such as restaurant and foodservice operators.
According to the company, the plant-based burger patties are already available to food professionals, with the full package including the vegan alternatives to cheese and bacon following in 2020.
Nestlé chief executive Mark Schneider said, “More and more consumers are looking for delicious, nutritious and sustainable plant-based options when they dine out.
“We have now raised the bar by developing a ‘PB triple play’ of ingredients for an all-time classic: the bacon cheeseburger. We’re continuing to make good on our promise to offer consumers food that is right for them and right for the planet.”
The ‘PB triple play’ is intended to appeal to consumers who are actively seeking to reduce meat in their diet and switch to plant-based meals more often.
According to Nestle, it delivers on familiar tastes that consumers are seeking out in plant-based alternatives. The vegan cheddar cheese alternative has the texture, meltability and delicious, rich taste of a dairy cheese.
The plant-based ‘bacon cheeseburger’ is significantly lower in fat and saturated fat, free of cholesterol and has a higher fiber content compared to a standard bacon cheeseburger.
Like Nestlé’s existing plant-based offerings, the new products will also have a lower environmental footprint.
Nestlé leveraged its R&D expertise and proprietary technology to develop the vegan alternatives to cheese and bacon, using a combination of natural ingredients such as plant-based proteins, fibers and oils.
In creating these ingredients, culinary chefs and food scientists worked alongside foodservice experts to tailor the products for use in professional kitchens, taking into account their specific cooking and serving requirements.
The company also offers a variety of vegan burger sauces to create a completely plant-based and delicious burger experience. The move is part of the Nestlé’s efforts to speed up the transformation of its portfolio with innovative, sustainable products.
The company has already launched its Sweet Erath Awesome Burger in the United States and its Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger in Europe.