Its soy-based Garden Gourmet Incredible Sausage will be available in Bratwurst and Chorizo styles, available from March in 11 countries across Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
Flavor & texture
"After the 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.
"Their juiciness and firm bite means you can cook and enjoy them any way you like, including grilling, roasting or pan-frying."
In the US Nestlé will launch pea protein-based Sweet Earth Sausage in April in three varieties including Habanero Cheddar, Asian Ginger Scallion and Chik’n Apple.
A version for food service will be available as well. 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.
Garden Gourmet plant-based sausages will include ingredients such as soy, 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, the Garden Gourmet Incredible Sausage scores a 'B' rating on the Nutri-score front of pack labelling system.
Garden Gourmet and Sweet Earth sausages have a lower environmental impact than a sausage made with meat. For example, its Incredible Sausage has soy as its main ingredient. Compared to a pork-based sausage, a soy-based sausage can account for roughly 90% less CO2, 90% less water and 80% less land use.
The packaging for the Garden Gourmet Incredible Sausage has also been designed to be fully recyclable.
Nestlé recently announced plans to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including by offering more plant-based food and beverages. The company has also said it will make all its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
The company already has a range of meat alternatives on the market, including burgers, grounds, nuggets and schnitzels. Garden Gourmet and Sweet Earth are also continuing to expand their range of other products.
"On top of meat alternatives, our chefs and plant-based food experts are developing tasty and nutritious veggie-centric ingredients and meals,” added England.
“These are full of flavor and surprising textures from vegetables, grains and pulses to inspire plant-based or flexitarian eaters to widen their horizons."