IKEA Is Creating Vegan Meatballs That ‘Look And Taste’ Like Real Meat
By Mikelle Leow, 03 May 2019
Image via Grzegorz Czapski / Shutterstock.com
IKEA now decides that it will no longer be a meat-and-potatoes sort of company. The Swedish giant has announced that it is experimenting with a plant-based meatball that “looks and tastes like meat,” but is created out of plant proteins.
The upcoming menu item will be the fifth of IKEA’s meatball family comprising the classic beef and pork, veggie, chicken, and salmon and cod variations. IKEA’s meatballs are iconically served with cream sauce, lingonberry jam and mashed potatoes.
According to CNN Business, the home product company is trialing and developing recipes with “potential partners,” and hasn’t settled on a supplier for the plant-based meatball yet.
The meatball is planned for a global rollout, though the brand will only begin testing the product with customers in select markets in February 2020.
For years, consumers have had beef with the plant-based “meat” industry, which struggled to invent satisfying yet sustainable options to replace animal products. All that has changed; in fact, the world is currently facing a shortage of Impossible Burger patties, which have been engineered to look, taste, sizzle and even “bleed” like meat.
View this post on Instagram
Hej meatball lovers: We're working on a new meatball, made from plant-based alternative protein. We want to create a more sustainable version of our iconic meatball that looks and tastes like meat - but needs no meat. Read more via link in our bio. #ikeafood #meatballs #alternativemeatball #plantbased
A post shared by IKEA Food Services AB (@ikeafoodservices) on
[via CNN Business, images via various sources]
More related news