Healthy oat and almond lattes and vegan chocolate bars are being produced by the Swiss food and drink giant
Nestlé Japan has launched two Nescafé lattes made with plant-based ingredients, including ready-to-drink beverages, soluble mixes made by adding hot water, and capsules for the Nescafé Dolce Gusto system.
The two varieties available in Japan are oat latte and almond latte and follow earlier launches of Nestlé plant-based coffee mixes across a number of countries in Europe, Latin America and Oceania.
Philipp Navratil, head of beverages strategic business unit, said: “We are championing the discovery of plant-based food and beverages at Nestlé, and our iconic Nescafé brand is embracing and leading this trend.”
For those choosing a healthy snack with their plant-based latte, Nestlé is launching a plant-based KitKat, branded KitKat V, which is is certified vegan, and made from 100% sustainable cocoa. The product was developed in Nestlé’s confectionery research and development centre in York in the north of England, the original home of KitKat.
The vegan KitKat is launching later this year in several countries, initially only through the KitKat Chocolatory and selected retailers, to test the product prior to an anticipated wider roll-out.
Louise Barrett, head of the York centre added: “Taste was a key factor when developing the plant-based chocolate for our new vegan KitKat. We used our expertise in ingredients, together with a test and learn approach, to create a delicious vegan alternative to our original chocolate KitKat.”
Alexander von Maillot, head of confectionery at Nestlé, said: “One of the most common requests we see on social media is for a vegan KitKat, so we’re delighted to be able to make that wish come true. I can’t wait for people to be able to try this amazingly tasty new KitKat. This is a product for everyone who wants a little more plant-based in their life.”
Nestlé has already launched plant-based alternatives to dairy made from rice, oat, soy, coconut, pea and almonds across categories. Examples include non-dairy ice cream, coffee creamers, rice- and oat-based drinks, pea-based beverages, plant-based cappuccinos and lattes, a vegan condensed milk alternative, as well as a range of non-dairy cheese to complement its plant-based burgers.
Von Maillot said: “There is a quiet food revolution under way that is changing how people eat. We want to be at the forefront of that, championing the discovery of plant-based food and beverages.”
Date published: 16 February 2021