AAK, India’s leading manufacturer of specialty oils and fats, have signed an MOU to extend strategic collaboration with BVeg Foods, India’s largest plant-based food processing company. The objective is to join hands and co-develop plant-based meat solutions in order to meet the country’s growing demand for sustainable and delicious meat alternatives.
Plant-based meats are gaining traction in India, given the increase in awareness of such products and their benefits, substantial growth in the Urban population, multichannel promotion by influencers & celebrities and most importantly hotels, restaurants/QSRs and e-commerce portals adapting plant-based products in their menus. There is also increasing interest in veganism and flexitarianism, largely driven by health-focused, eco-conscious millennials. With more and more companies joining the bandwagon, the visibility and acceptability of plant based meats has taken a sharp upturn.
Both BVeg Foods and AAK believe that innovation is the answer to solving current and future challenges within the dynamic food industry. Thus, as part of their commitment towards future food innovation, both companies have decided to collaborate and create products from a variety of different plant-based options that meet the taste and texture needs of Indian and international markets. BVeg and AAK will work together to innovate and develop plant-based meats and share scientific research available within the companies. Both companies will also support each other in building strong communication network to increase the outreach of plant based meat sector and identify suitable business opportunities.
The joint engagement and knowledge sharing will allow for better understanding of market trends and updates, which will in turn support development of the plant-based food segment in the country. The two companies will also continue to engage with scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs & investors to accelerate business of plant-based meats in India.
Dheeraj Talreja, President, South Asia, at AAK, said: “India is at a nascent market for plant-based foods. People should be able to enjoy healthy, sustainable plant-based foods without sacrificing taste and texture. We’re delighted to have this opportunity and hope to work with BVeg Foods to create great-tasting products made with love for people, plants and the planet.”
Jurgen Kennedy, Business Development Director, Plant-based foods at AAK Asia, said: “As AAK we harness over 150 years of experience in plant-based oils and fats so people who choose a plant-based lifestyle can enjoy the foods they love without compromise. We are committed to a long-term journey towards sustainable, healthy plant-based food choices – a journey we are taking with our customers through co-development and strategic partnerships.”
BVeg Foods was established with the objective to act as an enabler for the entire plant-based ecosystem around the globe by acting as a one-stop-shop solution provider for all your plant-based food needs. They aim to transform this space by creating a centre of excellence equipped with best-in-class Buhler high moisture extrusion technology, strong in-house product development capabilities and a state-of-the-art processing facility. They are coming up with the largest solely dedicated plant based meat facility in India. With capable of creating a vast variety of products such as formed products as, bacon, centre filled products, whole muscle solutions, hand-folded as well as hot kitchen products as per their client’s needs.
Prateek Ghai, Co-Founder and COO, BVeg Foods, said: “Globally there is a shift towards plant based. At BVeg Foods, we urge companies, entrepreneurs, HORECA and QSRs to join the bandwagon using our complete end-to-end solutions – from product development and co-manufacturing to private label packaging. We believe in the synergies of collaboration by bringing together specialists to ensure that everyone’s talents, specialties and expertise, merge together to form a brilliant end-product. This strategic understanding between AAK and BVeg foods will provide us an opportunity to co-develop products in the near future.”
Everything AAK does is about Making Better Happen™. We specialize in plant-based oils that are the value-adding ingredients in many of the products people love to consume. We make these products better tasting, healthier, and more sustainable. At the heart of AAK’s offer is Customer Co-Development, combining our desire to understand what better means for each customer, with the unique flexibility of our production assets, and a deep knowledge of many products and industries, including Chocolate & Confectionery, Bakery, Dairy, Plant-based Foods, Special Nutrition, Foodservice and Personal Care. Our 3,900 employees support our close collaboration with customers through 25 regional sales offices, 15 dedicated Customer Innovation Centers, and with the support of more than 20 production facilities. Listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and with our headquarters in Malmö, Sweden, AAK has been Making Better Happen™ for 150 years.
BVeg was born out of the vision of two young entrepreneurs who wished to see their child grow up in a healthier, greener and kinder world. Where sustainability and an inherent eco-consciousness ensures enough healthy food on every plate. BVeg is well on its way in its journey to make a positive impact on the planet with its unique amalgam of nature, science and deliciousness. BVeg Foods has a global vision to provide sustainable and quality food to the people at an affordable price and contribute in reducing environmental pollution to create a sustainable and healthy food ecosystem. They are coming up with a first of its kind global standard plant based meat facility in India which will boast of European high moisture extrusion technology, world-class forming lines, hand folding lines and hot kitchen section. Their objective is to stay on the path of innovation and keep building robust in-house capabilities that will allow them to create entire product ranges suited to consumer taste and preferences globally.