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After a successful launch of cheese and beef patties last year, the Swiss company, Nestlé – announced the launch of a plant-based alternative to tuna, the pea protein and wheat gluten based, called Sensational Vuna by Garden Gourmet at Nestle research center at Vers-chez-les-Blanc in Lausanne, Switzerland – on Thursday, August 20.
“Sustainably produced plant-based seafood alternatives can help to reduce overfishing and to protect the biodiversity of our oceans. Our plant-based tuna alternative is delicious, nutritious and high in protein. We are excited to launch this great product, and other plant-based fish and shellfish alternatives are already under development,” said Stefan Palzer, Nestlé Chief Technology Officer.
Made from a combination of only six plant-based ingredients, it is rich in nutritious pea protein, one of the most environmentally friendly sources of plant-based protein. It contains all the essential amino acids and is free of artificial colorings or preservatives.
The launch of the Garden Gourmet product will feature both the chilled product, which is available in a glass jar, as well as plant-based tuna sandwiches in select stores. Further rollout plans will be announced in due time.