USA – Nestlé is launching plant-based sausages in Europe and the United States through its Sweet Earth and Garden Gourmet brands.

Staring March 11, the company will launch in Europe, the soy-based Garden Gourmet Incredible Sausage – which will be available in Bratwurst and Chorizo styles.

The Garden Gourmet Incredible Sausage will be retailing in European markets, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

The United States will see the pea protein-based Sweet Earth Sausage arrive on shelves beginning in April in three varieties including Habanero Cheddar, Asian Ginger Scallion and Chik’n Apple.

Nestlé revealed that the plant-based sausages will soon after launch versions for restaurants and food service to out of home customers.

The company will also launch a range of plant-based deli meats, which will be available in the US both in retail (pre-packaged) cases and from the deli counter.

“After the huge success of our plant-based burgers and grounds, we’re now adding another favorite. These plant-based sausages really deliver on flavor and texture,” said Wayne England, head of Nestlé’s food business.

Nestlé says that the products look, taste and cook like a meat sausage should. Wayne adds: “Their juiciness and firm bite means you can cook and enjoy them any way you like, including grilling, roasting or pan-frying.”

The Garden Gourmet plant-based sausages contain ingredients including soy as its main ingredient and beetroot, carrots, peppers, and rapeseed and coconut oils.

With 13 grams of plant-based protein, no cholesterol and around 40% less fat than a sausage made of pork, Nestlé says that the Garden Gourmet Incredible Sausage scores a ‘B’ rating on the Nutri-score front of pack labeling system.

Garden Gourmet and Sweet Earth are also continuing to expand their range of meat alternatives and other products beyond burgers, grounds, nuggets and schnitzels.

Wayne England added: “On top of meat alternatives, our chefs and plant-based food experts are developing tasty and nutritious veggie-centric ingredients and meals.

These are full of flavor and surprising textures from vegetables, grains and pulses to inspire plant-based or flexitarian eaters to widen their horizons.”