Nestlé’s European plant-based burger takes on a new sensation

Nestlé is introducing a further upgrade to its flagship Garden Gourmet Sensational Burger, just a few months after the previous version launched.

The new recipe features the meatiest plant-based flavour yet and a juicier than ever texture, all while touting a Nutri-Score ‘A’ rating. Nestlé said it has the crumbly texture and ‘hand-made’ shape of a great beef burger, stemming from newly-developed techniques for working with plant-based proteins.

The new burger will start to appear across Europe from October, with Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Spain amongst the first countries. It will be available in supermarkets and to restaurant and food service customers.

Wayne England, head of Nestlé’s food business, said: “We see that people are increasingly looking for alternatives that are good for them and for the planet. Nestlé wants to lead the way in making plant-based foods part of everybody’s everyday life. That’s why we’ve introduced so many great new products in the past 18 months.”

The Garden Gourmet Sensational Burger accounts for around 80% less CO2 emissions, water and land use than a beef burger.

The burger combines natural soy, natural plant extracts (beetroot, carrot, apple and hibiscus), rapeseed and coconut oil with a proprietary method of fermenting plant-based ingredients to boost the ‘umami’ flavor of the burger.

Torsten Pohl, head of the Nestlé product technology center in Singen, Germany, which specialises in plant-based foods, said: “Our goal is to offer people the best plant-based meat alternatives in terms of taste, texture, flavor and nutrition. We are able to leverage new technologies and key learnings to continuously improve the plant-based burger recipe.”

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