Nestlé is launching a vegan version of its popular Carnation condensed milk product
Multinational food and drink conglomerate Nestlé is getting set to launch a dairy-free version of its classic Carnation condensed milk product which can be used in a range of dishes from pies to caramel sweets.
According to The Grocer, the vegan condensed milk will be available to purchase online via Ocado from September, and will be rolled out to Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets in October.
The product is set to retail at £2.19 for a 370g tin compared to £1.70 for a 397g tin of standard Carnation condensed milk.
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Nestlé has been developing the innovative product for 18 months according to Nestlé’s marketing lead for dairy brands UK Vittoria Simms who told The Grocer: “It has been a challenge for vegans to find suitable alternatives to make dairy or caramel-based sweets treats or desserts, without having to compromise on taste, texture or appearance.”
Whilst it is encouraging to see large corporations are embracing plant-based foods and seeking to create new meat-free products to meet growing demand, an undercover investigation of a dairy farm that supplies an ice-cream brand owned by Nestlé has revealed what campaigners describe as ‘senseless and violent abuse of mother cows and their defenceless calves’.
The company also has a long history of animal testing and in 2015 Cruelty Free International ran an exposé which found, among other things, Nestle researchers starved mice for 23 hours then force-fed them cinnamon to see if it could be used to treat obesity in humans.
Nestlé also has a murky past when it comes to human rights issues to and is well known for the baby formula scandal where it aggressively pushed its breastfeeding formula in less economically developed countries to the poor, without proper education on how to use it, where it was mixed with unsanitary water leaving babies at risk of illness and death.