The new partnership will create a range of microalgae ingredients that can be used in Nestlé’s internal portfolio. The sustainable ingredients will also be available for commercial sale. Nestlé’s has emerged as a leader in the plant-based space, with vegan beverages, plant-based fish and meat alternatives gaining traction with consumers. All of these products will get a nutritional boost from this microalgae partnership. Though the companies are keeping quiet about the form the microalgae will take, journalists at Green Queen suggest that an algae-based flour could lead the ingredient list.
“We are actively exploring the use of microalgae as an alternative protein and micronutrient source for exciting plant-based products,” Stefan Palzer, CRO for Nestlé said in a statement. “Through the partnership with Corbion, we will be able to use great-tasting, nutritious microalgae-based ingredients to innovate across our different product categories.”
“We are excited to partner with Nestlé to develop the next generation of algae-based ingredients,” Marc den Hartog, executive vice president of innovation platforms at Corbion, said in a statement. “Corbion has already demonstrated the value of algae in several high-value food and feed applications. This new protein partnership with Nestlé has the potential to open important avenues for algae-based products into large global markets.”
A market leader in the supply of lactic acid and associated derivatives, Corbion expanded its reach to include microalgae with the acquisition of Terravia, formerly Solazyme, in 2017.
Microalgae could be a game-changer for vegan food products – providing a sustainable and input-free source of protein, fat and essential nutrients. Putting microalgae through a fermentation process allows food manufacturers to develop products that have a low carbon and land footprint, while using small amounts of water.
Nestlé’s plant-based revolution
In February, Nestlé shared its 2021 earnings report, showing that global revenues reached $94 billion. Plant-based foods stood out as a leading growth category, generating $860 million in sales. Nestlé’s plant-based tuna offering, Vuna and the Awesome Burger drove many of the sales in this segment.