The world’s largest food and beverage company’s new exploration Kitkat V is a certified vegan, which is made from 100% sustainable cocoa derived from the Nestlé Cocoa Plan in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance. This is coming after recent Kitkat innovations such as Kitkat Ruby and Kitkat Chocolatory Cacao Fruit Chocolate.
Alexander von Maillot, Head of Confectionery at Nestlé stated that ‘the most common request we see on social media is for a vegan Kitkat’.
Louise Barrett, Head of the Nestlé Confectionery Product Technology Center in York revealed that taste was a major consideration in the making of plant-based chocolate. Chocolate experts in Nestlé’s confectionery research and development center in York, UK, developed the vegan Kitkat.
Nestlé currently has plant-based options of dairy made from rice, oat, soy, coconut, pea, and almonds among others. This includes non-dairy ice cream, coffee creamers, rice- and oat-based drinks, pea-based beverages, plant-based cappuccinos and lattes, a vegan condensed milk alternative, and also a broad array of non-dairy cheese in addition to existing plant-based burgers.
Research has revealed that people would prefer more plant-based options for different food categories.
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‘There is a quiet food revolution underway that is changing how people eat. We want to be at the forefront of that, championing the discovery of plant-based food and beverages. What better way to do that than offering a vegan version of one of our most famous and much-loved brands?’ Alexander von Maillot added.
Nestlé continues to diversify its brand to embrace a wide range of people with different tastes.