Nestlé is trying to expand its reach with animal-free dairy products

With the recent announcement that Nestlé is accelerating a new animal-free dairy product through its newly created research and development accelerator, the company has established itself as one of the leading investors in culinary innovations that do not involve products. animals. According to the company’s September 12 Press release, the product was developed in Switzerland with an animal-based dairy protein from Perfect Day, using the latter’s “precision fermentation” technology to create a whey protein identical to that of cow’s milk. The product will be vegan and lactose-free, with an expected US release date by the end of 2022.

Perfect Day is a major player in the field of animal-free dairy products. The company collaborated with Coolhaus on animal-free ice cream sandwiches and received $750 million in funding since its inception in 2014. Nestlé has yet to announce the name of its new product and, according to the press announcement, confirms that it remains committed to producing traditional milk-based dairy products as well. But Nestlé is “excited” about the possibilities of its new R&D accelerator, which would be able to bring new animal-free and plant-based products to market in just six months.

“We are exploring emerging technologies that can lead to animal-friendly, nutritious and sustainable alternatives, without compromising taste, flavor and texture,” notes Heike Steiling, Head of Dairy Development at Nestlé, in the press release. . Only time will tell how this high-tech vegan dairy product compares to other plant-based dairy options on the market.

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