Nestlé moves into plant-based seafood alternatives market

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A jar of Sensationnal Vuna, a plant-based tuna product made by Garden Gourmet, is pictured in front of a plate with food at Nestle research center at Vers-chez-les-Blanc in Lausanne, Switzerland August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Nestlé has announced the launch of a plant-based alternative to tuna, marking its entry into the market for plant-based seafood alternatives.

Made from six plant-based ingredients, the tuna alternative – Sensationnal Vuna – is rich in nutritious pea protein, an environmentally friendly source of plant-based protein. It contains all the essential amino acids and is free of artificial colorings or preservatives.

“Sustainably produced plant-based seafood alternatives can help to reduce overfishing and to protect the biodiversity of our oceans. Our plant-based tuna alternative is delicious, nutritious and high in protein, while also being mercury-free,” commented Stefan Palzer, Nestlé chief technology officer.

“We are excited to launch this great product, and other plant-based fish and shellfish alternatives are already under development.”

The Swiss food giant already offers a variety of plant-based products, including alternatives to burgers, mince, meatballs, sausages, cold cuts, chicken nuggets, and chicken filets.

Nestlé said the products are tested in selected retail outlets, and first commercial batches are produced in Nestlé R&D facilities.

Sensationnal Vuna will be first launched in Switzerland under the Garden Gourmet brand. The launch will feature a chilled product available in a glass jar and plant-based tuna sandwiches.

Nestlé added that it will announce further rollout plans soon.