NETHERLANDS – Nestlé has entered into a partnership with Dutch ingredients supplier, Corbion to develop the next generation of microalgae-based ingredients that will be utilized in plant-based products.
Through the partnership, the companies will collaborate to improve the functionality, taste and nutritional profile for usage in different plant-based products under Nestlé’s portfolio.
Microalgae ingredients have several advantages including; a vegan source of protein, healthy lipids and various micronutrients. In addition, the production of microalgae has a low carbon, land and water footprint.
Stefan Palzer, Nestlé Chief Technology Officer says, “We are actively exploring the use of microalgae as an alternative protein and micronutrient source for exciting plant-based products.
“Through the partnership with Corbion, we will be able to use great-tasting, nutritious microalgae-based ingredients to innovate across our different product categories.”
Based in the Netherlands, Corbion is already a global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients.
Nestlé’s plant-based portfolio currently includes various beverages such as almond-, coconut- and oat-based creamers and coffee mixes, non-dairy ice cream, as well as a range of pea and soy-based meat alternatives and prepared dishes.
By combining Corbion’s microalgae and fermentation capabilities with Nestlé’s expertise in the development of plant-based products, the two companies aim to produce and commercialize microalgae-based ingredients rich in protein and micronutrients.
“We are excited to partner with Nestlé to develop the next generation of algae-based ingredients,” said Marc den Hartog, Executive Vice President Innovation Platforms at Corbion.
“Corbion has already demonstrated the value of algae in several high-value food and feed applications. This new protein partnership with Nestlé has the potential to open important avenues for algae-based products into large global markets.”
One of Nestlé latest innovations is the recently launched Harvest Gourmet Incredible Burger, which blends natural plant extracts – beetroot, carrot, and capsicum, and is prepared using proprietary techniques to imitate the juicy texture of a beef burger.
The company also offers a variety of vegan burger sauces to create a completely plant-based and delicious burger experience.