November 28, 2022
A third of the world's population is affected by malnutrition, and the pandemic and climate change are exacerbating poverty, causing Nestlé to focus on developing affordable foods and beverages that incorporate nutritious plant proteins to help people achieve adequate and balanced diets.
The company has developed a powdered shelf-stable plant-based protein blend to complement egg dishes in a nutritious, affordable way in Latin America.
Some eggs can be replaced with the nutritious soy-based alternative, resulting in an equal amount of protein, a reduction in saturated fats and cholesterol, at a lower cost when compared to using more eggs instead. The product is fortified with iron to address a key micronutrient deficiency.
"Egg is one of the most widely used protein sources. With this unique solution, we wanted to provide an affordable, nutritious solution that could be used to replace some of the eggs when cooking egg-based dishes. The plant-based dry mix also brings an equivalent amount of quality protein, less cholesterol, while ensuring a good taste and texture," said Torsten Pohl, Head of Nestlé's Product and Technology Center for Food.
The product is currently being tested in Central America under the Malher brand in a limited number of stores before being further rolled out across more markets in Latin America.
This new patented format for shelf-stable egg alternatives was developed by Nestlé R&D experts who leveraged the company's know-how in the development of plant-based food alternatives such as the recently launched vegan alternative to eggs under the Garden Gourmet brand. R&D teams are also exploring novel solutions for affordable, shelf stable, protein blends that can be used as meat alternatives in certain geographies with a limited cold storage supply chain.
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