From April 2022, GARDEN GOURMET® SensationalTM Cumberland Sausage is available to all food operators. After being served across Whitbread 1,200 pub, restaurant and hotel sites in the UK for the last few months, the sausage is now available for all those operators willing to include plant-based options that do not compromise on taste, texture and versatility in their breakfast and brunch menus and beyond.

The Sensational Cumberland Sausage is high in protein, a source of fibre, non-HFSS (non-high fat, sugar or salt), meets 2024 salt targets and has no red FoP (front of pack) traffic lights making them a great plant-based option for your menus.  These credentials showcase responsible nutrition.

Alongside the launch of its Sensational Cumberland Sausage, GARDEN GOURMET®, within Nestlé Professional, is offering food operators support to optimise the plant-based dishes in their menus and provide detailed nutritional information for the recipes created by our development chefs. This will help operators to update their menus for the new calorie labelling regulations. Thanks to a wide variety of healthy2 recipes and the expertise of GARDEN GOURMET® menu development chefs, operators can identify the right plant-based products and dishes for their operational needs and for their customers’ taste.

Darren Chapman, Nestlé Business Development Chef, says: “According to social media insight gathered during January[1], consumers value having a wide plant-based selection when dining out and believe that wider selections will actually influence more people to reduce their meat intake. Whether this is driven by beliefs, health or sustainable choices, we can see the appetite is there and it is important to have these options on the menu. This means it is key to have a good proposition, which checks off health[2], sustainability[3], functionality, taste and texture. We work with our customers to help them achieve this. More importantly now, with the new regulation, we offer them detailed nutritional information that they need to display in their menus.”

Hannah Baugh, Nutrition Manager at Nestlé UK&I, adds: “At Nestlé, we have been making plant-based products for 30 years, and we have a large worldwide R&D network dedicated to new product development. When the team developed the GARDEN GOURMET® range, nutrition was a key consideration so that people who wanted to swap or reduce their meat intake would have an easier transition to a plant-based alternative. This meant that, rather than retrofitting meat alternatives to meet requirements, we decided on the nutritional targets of GARDEN GOURMET® products right at the start of the product development process.”

GARDEN GOURMET® now offers a diverse range that includes ‘Sensational’ burgers, mince, meat-style balls, fillet pieces and the recently launched nuggets and breaded fillets. Versatile enough for use in a diverse range of dishes, they’re great for providing options for vegans, flexitarians and curious diners. The cook-from-frozen format means minimal food waste for food operators and, for those aspiring to reduce their carbon footprint, GARDEN GOURMET® has pledged to be carbon neutral by the end of 2022.

For details on their range, available via OOH through wholesalers, go to https://www.Nestléprofessional.co.uk/garden-gourmet.

* Social media insight based on 22,000 British consumers and local businesses’ comments and publications about Veganuary during the month of January

[1] Social media insight released by GARDEN GOURMET® based on 22,000 British consumers and local businesses’ comments and publications about Veganuary during the month of January

[2] The Garden Gourmet range is high in protein and a source of fibre. Protein contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass when consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

[3] A diet rich in plant-based foods and with fewer animal source foods is widely recognised to confer environmental benefits – Source: Summary Report of the EAT Lancet Commission, Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems

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