As people get more conscious about health and what they consume, many are looking to switch up their diets. Right now, there’s a strong demand for plant-based foods, especially affordable ones.
Recently, Nestlé Malaysia launched its first plant-based meal solutions manufacturing facility right here in Shah Alam, which is also the first in ASEAN and one of two in Asia. The factory will supply plant-based foods for the local market as well as for export.
Chief executive officer Juan Arnols said Nestlé had invested RM150 million in the Shah Alam production site, which allows the company to “supply locally produced, high-quality, great-tasting and halal-certified plant-based foods.”
“In the same way as it is happening in other parts of the world, Malaysians are becoming more interested in exploring alternatives to meat consumption, either because of health reasons or environmental considerations.
“For them, we have developed an exciting range of new products that provide an excellent nutritional alternative supporting healthier and more sustainable lifestyles,” he said during the launch.
The launch of the new facility was officiated by Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
Nestlé has already begun production for its new plant-based products will be available for consumers nationwide soon under its Harvest Gourmet range. Consumers at places such as Bangsar might have already seen them at supermarkets.
The new product range is made with high-quality plant-based ingredients such as soy, wheat, beetroot, carrot, pomegranate, and blackcurrant, and will be absolutely meat-free and high in protein.
The current range includes the Sensational Burger patty, Schnitzel, as well as chargrilled pieces and ground mince products that you can easily incorporate at home.