Nestlé to launch plant-based sausages in Europe and the US

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Nestlé to launch plant-based sausages in Europe and the US. Photo: Nestlé
Nestlé to launch plant-based sausages in Europe and the US. Photo: Nestlé

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Nestlé is launching a plant-based product in Europe and the US that looks and tastes like a sausage.

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. 

Nutri-score

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​."

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