International food and beverage giant Nestlé on Thursday launched a plant-based alternative to tuna, its first move into the growing market for plant-based seafood alternatives.
Additional seafood products are in the pipeline, the company said.
The products are developed by Nestlé Research in Switzerland and the dedicated R&D Centers for food in Germany and the United States.
The product will be first launched under the Garden Gourmet brand in Switzerland. The launch will feature both chilled product, which is available in a glass jar, as well as plant-based tuna sandwiches in select stores.
Made from a combination of six plant-based ingredients, it is rich in pea protein, an environmentally friendly source of plant-based protein, the company said. It contains essential amino acids and is free of artificial colors or preservatives.
Nestlé developed the tuna alternative in nine months. The company already offers a variety of plant-based products, including alternatives to burgers, mince, meatballs, sausages, cold cuts, chicken nuggets, and chicken fillets.