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’.
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.