Garden Gourmet continues plant-based innovation following Solar Impulse award

Garden Gourmet

Nestlé's Garden Gourmet brand has promised more innovative plant-based food following recognition by the Solar Impulse Foundation.

The brand has been awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label, marking it as a solution that is good for people, the environment and business.

With a strong range of plant-based meat alternatives like burgers, sausages, tuna and filet pieces as well as veggie-centric bakes, falafel and more, Garden Gourmet helps people reduce the amount of animal protein in their meals.

That is good for people and for the planet, according to Solar Impulse. The Garden Gourmet range is lower in saturated fat compared to many meat products and has more fiber. It also has a lower environmental footprint including lower CO2 emissions.

Garden Gourmet has pledged to become a carbon neutral certified brand by 2022, with a greater focus on regenerative agriculture. The packaging for the range is also designed to be fully recyclable.

With the Solar Impulse team confirming the importance of a more plant-based diet, Garden Gourmet has vowed to launch more nutritious and innovative products going forward: "The more people embrace plant-based food the better the world will be. That's why our ambition is to help as many people as possible eat more plant-based versions of the food they love," says Nikki Adamo, head of plant-based food for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Garden Gourmet has just introduced new marinated filet pieces as alternatives to chicken. A new version of its Sensational Burger is coming soon, and its pea-based alternative to tuna will launch into further European markets soon. Further launches are on the horizon, too, as people look to diversify their protein sources.

One standout feature across the Garden Gourmet range is the high nutritional value. With most products already scoring either A or B on the Nutri-Score system, developers and chefs are still constantly looking to further improve.

To have a real impact, the transition to more plant-based food needs to be global. That is why Nestlé is looking to offer plant-based food options to more people in more places, in Europe with Garden Gourmet and Herta Le bon Végétal, in Asia with the Harvest Gourmet brand, or in the United States with Sweet Earth.

Nestlé is also offering more and more plant-based alternatives to dairy. That includes 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 existing plant-based burgers.