Nestlé launches carbon-neutral vegan pea milk to rival Oatly and Alpro

Pea milk? Yes, it’s a thing!

Nestlé is launching a range of vegan pea milk across Europe this year with environmental credentials to rival plant-milk giants Oatly and Alpro.

The new ‘Wunda’ pea milk is carbon-neutral, meaning it offsets the emissions of its production with ‘high-quality carbon credits’.

Aside from being environmentally sound, Wunda is also nutritionally superior to some plant milk as it is high in fibre and protein, low in sugar and fat, and enriched with calcium and vitamins D, B2 and B12.

In fact, Wunda boasts 2.2g of protein per 100ml, more than double that of many competitors.

Moreover, it is the only product to achieve a Nutri-Score A with ‘green’ guideline daily amounts in all macronutrients in the UK traffic light labelling.

Wunda is being hailed as the plant milk that can do everything whether that’s frothing up for your morning coffee, pouring it over your cereal, or cooking into dairy-free dishes.

We admittedly use different plant milks for different purposes so one milk that could do it all would be the dream!

‘An ideal plant-based alternative to milk’

Speaking on the Nestlé website, the Chief Technology Officer Stefan Palzer said:

“This truly versatile, delicious pea-based beverage is an excellent source of protein and fibre. Its great neutral taste, the ability to use it for different applications and the fact that it is carbon neutral make it an ideal plant-based alternative to milk.

“Our young intrapreneurs created this great product based on their own consumer needs by leveraging our longstanding expertise in plant-proteins and dairy.”

Ethical concerns

While Nestlé is certainly not the most ethical company and some vegans boycott it in principle, its investment in creating plant-based products is something to be positive about.

Moreover, the company seems committed to reducing and removing carbon emissions within the supply chain through both ‘insetting’ and offsetting.

One particularly positive project is its investment in the Southern Cardamom REDD+ in Cambodia, which teaches locals to live with the land and earn a livelihood through conservation and restoration of the forest.

Wunda will be launching in France, Portugal and the Netherlands initially, with a wider rollout planned for the future. 

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