With ingredients such as pea protein, oats, apples and potatoes, IKEA has worked on recreating their IKEA-meatball for a more sustainable option, while trying not to compromise the taste and the texture. The plant ball has only 4 percent of the climate footprint of IKEA's ordinary meatball.
1 Billion Meatballs Sold Every Year
With an ambition of becoming a more sustainable food business, IKEA has chosen to create a more sustainable option for the many meatball lovers in Scandinavia. The new plant-based meat substitute is made with yellow pea protein, oats, potatoes, onion and apple, as main ingredients, and looks and tastes like meat, according to IKEA themselves.
“At IKEA we sell more than one billion meatballs every year. Imagine if we could get some of our many meatball lovers to choose the plant ball instead. If we were to convert about 20 percent of our meatball sales to plant balls that would mean around 8 percent reduction of our climate footprint for the food business at IKEA.”, said Sharla Halvorson, Health & Sustainability Manager for the IKEA food business globally.
Reduce IKEA's Already Large Climate Footprint
Driven by the vision to create a better everyday life for people, IKEA wants to inspire a more sustainable eating and lifestyle habits with a positive impact on people and the planet. And adding the plant ball to the IKEA food offer contributes to this ambition.
“In order to reduce the climate footprint of the IKEA food business, we need to reduce the number of traditional meatballs that we sell. With the new plant ball we can now offer meat lovers a more sustainable alternative – without compromising on the IKEA meatball experience that is loved by so many,” explained Halvorson.
In the IKEA restaurants, the plant ball will be served with mashed potatoes, lingonberries, and cream sauce, in the same way as the Swedish traditional dish.
Customers can also buy a bag of frozen plant balls from the Swedish Food Market and prepare them at home. The recipe of the plant ball does not include any animal-based ingredients, which make this new addition to the IKEA food range a suitable option for the many – meatball lovers, flexitarians, vegetarians and vegans.
“In the development phase of the plant ball our key objective has been to recreate the meat-like taste and texture, only using plant-based ingredients. We have tried and tested different ingredients and methods and we are very pleased with the final results,” said Alexander Magnusson, chef and project leader at IKEA food.
Plant Balls in Scandinavia and EU From August
The plant ball launches in the EU in August 2020, while IKEA stores in North America, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region will follow a couple of months later.
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