Saturday, June 12, 2021

Nestlé launches versatile pea-based milk alternative

Nestlé is launching Wunda, a new pea-based milk alternative that, it says, can be drunk straight, poured over cereal, used in hot beverages as well as being able to cook with it.

The plant-based milk challenger will launch first in France, the Netherlands and Portugal, with a roll-out to other European markets planned.

In addition to the original recipe, the Wunda range includes unsweetened and chocolate versions.

The range is made from yellow peas which provide high-quality protein and are sourced in France and Belgium.

The drinks are high in fibre, low in sugar and fat, enriched with calcium and are a source of vitamins D, B2 and B12.

The original, unsweetened and chocolate recipes all achieve a Nutri-Score A in Europe.

“This truly versatile, delicious pea-based beverage is an excellent source of protein and fibre,” said Stefan Palzer, Nestlé Chief Technology Officer.

“Its great neutral taste, the ability to use it for different applications and the fact that it is carbon neutral make it an ideal plant-based alternative to milk.

“Our young intrapreneurs created this great product based on their own consumer needs by leveraging our longstanding expertise in plant-proteins and dairy.”

Wunda was initially developed as part of Nestlé’s R&D Accelerator initiative. Working with a start-up mindset, Nestlé ‘intrapreneurs’ created and scaled-up this great tasting, nutritious pea-based beverage in only six months.

They had access to the company’s unmatched dairy and plant protein expertise as well as proprietary technologies and small to medium scale equipment.

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