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 Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.