Reading Time: < 1 minute Nestlé's pea milk contains as much calcium than cow's milk (Photo: Nestle)
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Swiss conglomerate Nestlé says it is ‘developing a wide range of plant-based dairy alternatives’.

The development will take place in Nestlé’s R&D centers and will ‘use a combination of proprietary technologies such as plant-protein extraction, fermentation, and thermal treatment’.

Dairy-free range

The food giant already offers several types of plant-milk made from rice, oat, soy, coconut, and almonds – as well as dairy-free products such as Häagen Dazs ice cream and Nescafé cappuccinos and lattes.

Recently, Nestlé launched its first fully pea-based beverage in Brazil under its Nesfit brand.

‘Environmentally friendly sources’

In an online statement Swen Rabe, Head of Nestlé’s R&D Center in Konolfingen said: “Peas are one of the most environmentally friendly sources of plant-based protein, but when used alone, it can be challenging to turn them into a great-tasting beverage.

“By using our proprietary technologies, as well as our expertise in creating shelf-stable dairy products, we were able to develop a delicious pea-based beverage with a reduced sugar content when compared to similar products in the market.”

Made from yellow peas, a 200 ml glass of Nesfit Sabor Natural contains as much protein (7g) and calcium as cow’s milk and is fortified with vitamins A and D.

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.