Nestlé has announced it is launching plant-based sausages in Europe and the United States in the coming months. In Europe, the soy-based Garden Gourmet Incredible Sausage will be available in Bratwurst and Chorizo styles. It will launch in March in 11 European retail markets, followed closely by a version for restaurants and foodservice.
The United States will see the pea protein-based Sweet Earth Sausage arrive on grocery store shelves beginning in April in three varieties including Habanero Cheddar, Asian Ginger Scallion, and Chik’n Apple. A version for foodservice will be available as well. In addition, Nestlé will debut a range of plant-based deli meats in the United States in prepackaged retail cases and from the deli counter.
In other news, Nestlé announced that it will invest up to CHF 2 billion (approximately $2.1 billion) to lead the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions. Building on its 2018 commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, Nestlé will reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third in the same period. To do this successfully, the company has committed to sourcing up to 2 million metric tons of food-grade recycled plastics and allocating more than CHF 1.5 billion (approximately $1.6 billion) to pay a premium for these materials between now and 2025.
In addition to utilizing food-grade recycled plastics, Nestlé recognizes that it will need to innovate new packaging materials and recycling solutions to achieve its goals. To that end, the company will launch a CHF 250 million (approximately $258 million) sustainable packaging venture fund to invest in startup companies that focus on these areas.
“No plastic should end up in landfill or as litter,” said Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestlé, in a company press release. “Making recycled plastics safe for food is an enormous challenge for our industry. That is why in addition to minimizing plastics use and collecting waste, we want to close the loop and make more plastics infinitely recyclable. We are taking bold steps to create a wider market for food-grade recycled plastics and boost innovation in the packaging industry. We welcome others to join us on this journey.”
Nestlé Waters has announced that the entire plastic bottle range for the Swiss mineral water brand Henniez is now made of 75% recycled PET plastic (rPET).
Ardent Mills, a flour-milling and ingredient company, has announced its acquisition of Andean Naturals’ quinoa sourcing, cleaning, and packaging operation in Yuba City, Calif.
Dow has launched its call for entries for the 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards, an annual competition to recognize original thinking that is transforming the packaging landscape through enhanced user experience and improved sustainability.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) for 2020, which aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
A study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics calculated that American households waste, on average, almost a third of the food they acquire—a value of $240 billion annually or $1,800+ per household/year.