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!”
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?”