We are committed to offering more plant-based meat substitutes and dairy alternatives. To better reflect our plant-based strategy and sustainability agenda, we have broadened the scope of our target to include plant-based products in categories which have traditionally used animal-derived ingredients, such as bouillons. Our target is to achieve sales of plant-based products of €1.5 billion per annum by 2025. In 2022, sales from our plant-based products were €1.2 billion – principally through The Vegetarian Butcher, our vegan and non-dairy ice cream range, and Hellmann’s vegan mayonnaise.
The Vegetarian Butcher is our ‘plant-based meat’ brand, with all products made from soy and wheat. It is available in over 55 countries and is capitalising on partnerships with quick service restaurants such as Starbucks, Subway, Domino’s, and Burger King – where we were named Global Direct Supplier of the Year.
Our non-dairy, plant-based ice cream business represents 8% of Ice Cream’s turnover and includes our newly launched Magnum Vegan Mini Classics. We also introduced a new vegan Carte D’Or Professional dessert range in several European markets.
Our Hellmann’s Vegan Mayo is a plant-based alternative to our traditional Hellmann’s mayonnaise. It is now available in 33 markets, including India where we recently launched egg-free mayonnaise alongside traditional mayonnaise.
We are not only making plant-based foods and ice cream with great taste, texture and nutrition, but also finding alternative protein sources and sharing inspirational plant-based recipes through our brands, such as Knorr and its Future 50, which are being promoted to consumers and through our foodservice business, Unilever Food Solutions.
As a result of our work, for the second year running we were named by ethical investor network, FAIRR, as the leader in its 2022 benchmark of companies that are using protein diversification to drive growth and build climate-aligned portfolios.
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