Nestlé launches Vegan Society-certified plant-based latte coffees in the UK

Read Time:   |  7th August 2019

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Nestlé has launched three plant-based frothy coffees which have been certified by The Vegan Society.

Nestlé plant-based latte coffees

Nestlé has expanded its plant-based offering with the addition of three plant-based frothy coffees under its Nescafé Gold brand.

The almond, oat and coconut milk-based lattes are all certified by The Vegan Society and carry the prestigious trademark on the pack.

Made from blends of 100% Arabica coffees, they have been designed to mix with the plant-based ingredients to create “smooth creamy tasting lattes” and are a source of calcium.

According to the company, the Nescafé Gold non-dairy lattes are the “world’s first plant-based soluble coffee mixes.”

The plant-based latte coffees are available exclusively from Tesco until February 2020, after which they will also be available in other retailers across the UK.

Nestlé plant-based latte coffees

Source of calcium

In a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, Neil Stephens, Head of the Nescafé business in the UK and Ireland, said: “Our new premium Nescafé Gold frothy coffees bring the plant-based, non–dairy trend out of the coffee shop and into the home. The three delicious flavours, oat, almond and coconut are also vegan-friendly as well as being a source of calcium.

“Nescafé is the world’s favourite coffee, but we do not take our position for granted. We are quick to spot and embrace fast-moving coffee trends and tastes in this highly competitive and innovative market. Our new plant-based vegan latte mixes are the latest in a long list of innovations to bring new and exciting sensory experiences to our loyal Nescafé consumers.”

Animal cruelty

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 has 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.

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