Nestlé Divides Opinions As Vegan KitKat Eyes Global Expansion Some customers have vowed to 'never' buy any products from Nestlé - Media Credit: Nestle

Nestlé Divides Opinions As Vegan KitKat Eyes Global Expansion

A poll conducted by Plant Based News found more than a quarter of readers would not buy the corporation's dairy-free chocolate bar

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Nestlé is considering a global expansion of its vegan KitKat.

The Swiss conglomerate debuted the dairy-free chocolate bar in the UK earlier this week. 

Nestlé’s global expansion

KitKat V features rice-milk chocolate and the brand’s iconic wafer. It was developed by confectionary experts in a research and development center in York, England.

According to Daily Mail Australia, a Nestlé spokesperson said the vegan treat will launch ‘later in the year across a number of countries worldwide’.

Specific release dates were not specified. 

Vegan KitKat controversy

Despite global media attention, the vegan KitKat has divided opinions online. 

A poll conducted by Plant Based News found more than a quarter (26.5 percent) of readers would not buy the dairy-free bar.

“Nope, won’t buy any Nestlé product ever,” one social media user wrote. “Motive is everything and their motive is money at all costs.”

Another added: “Absolutely no way would I ever give Nestlé one penny of my money!”

Would you buy the vegan KitKat?

However, 73.5 percent said they would purchase the vegan KitKat – criticizing the feasibility of boycotting all non-vegan corporations.

Similarly, on PBN’s Instagram , 81 percent of 5,480 respondents said they would buy the vegan KitKat. Moreoer, on Telegram, 79 percent of respondents voted in favor of the dairy-free chocolate.

“Definitely,” one user commented. “More sales could mean Nestlé releasing more vegan products in the future. 

“I also buy most food from Tesco, they’re not a vegan company, same thing?”

Read our in-depth feature on whether vegans should support Nestlé here

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StrangerThingsHappen
StrangerThingsHappen
1 year ago

Typical of the divide between the plant-based people who call themselves vegan without understanding what it’s supposed to mean, and the actual vegan people.

Callum Green
Callum Green
1 year ago

Perhaps you can inform us what it’s “supposed” to mean, and whose authority has officially designated that meaning?

Quornhog
Quornhog
1 year ago

Can anyone tell me who stocks this, please? I’d like to try it.

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Quornhog

Sainsbury’s in the UK

CarlAltDel
CarlAltDel
1 year ago

It’s not that Nestlé aren’t a vegan company, it’s that they use child slaves and believe that humans shouldn’t have free access to water.

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