John West has debuted its vegan tuna in more than 1,000 stores across the country, and aims to expand across Europe this year
Seafood giant John West has launched vegan tuna in the Netherlands.
The UK-based company, owned by Thai Union Group of Thailand, has debuted two varieties of fish-free tuna in 1,400 stores across the country.
Shoppers can opt for pouches of plant-based tuna with Tomato and Basil or plain tuna in brine and oil. Both are made from soy protein and wheat.
‘A huge opportunity’
“The introduction of fish-free options alongside our traditional tuna products gives consumers more choice, and provides an alternative, relevant source of protein,” said Arno Snoey of John West Holland.
“There is a huge opportunity to connect with consumers of all ages who pursue a flexitarian lifestyle.”
John West says the new range of vegan fish responds to ‘rising consumer demand for varied, flexitarian diets’ – adding that Dutch consumers are ‘keener to try alternative seafood compared to other nationalities’.
According to market research, 42 percent of the Dutch population follow a flexitarian diet – the highest rate of all countries in the EU.
Vegan tuna in Europe
Thai Union launched its Marine Proteins business unit this year; John West Vegan Fish-Free Tuna is the first branded product from Marine Proteins.
Jon Burton, the initiative’s Business Unit Director, described the launch as a ‘major milestone’.
He added: “We will enter other European markets later this year with more innovative alternative protein products to bring game-changing innovation to the ambient category.”
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Featured image credit: John West/Thai Union