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Unilever sets ambitious ‘Future Foods’ target

19th Nov 2020 - 08:56
Transnational consumer goods company Unilever has announced a global sales target of €1 billion from plant-based meat and dairy alternatives, within the next five to seven years.

The target is part of Unilever’s ‘Future Foods’ ambition that has two key objectives to help people transition towards healthier diets and to reduce the environmental impact of the food chain.

Unilever has committed to halve food waste from factory to shelf by 2025, five years earlier than previously planned. Also the consumer goods company has set a goal to double the number of products delivering positive nutrition by 2025.

Knorr has ‘inspired’ the nation to cook more meat-free meals through the ‘Cheat on Meat’ campaign, which includes bi-weekly meat free recipes to encourage the nation to cook meat free and try new ingredients.

Andre Burger, vice president of foods and refreshment for the UK & Ireland at Unilever, said: “We are committed to playing our part in helping people make food choices that are better for them and better for the planet, and we all have a part to play in ensuring our food system is sustainable into the future.

“I hope these stretching global targets mean Unilever can play a meaningful part in making that happen. In the UK & Ireland we’ve already started to make headway on food waste and carbon reduction as part of the 2025 Courtauld Commitments and are already making progress on sugar and salt reduction in our products.”

In 2019 Unilever made an €85million investment in ‘The Hive’, a food innovation centre in the Netherlands that aims to support research into plant-based ingredients and meat alternatives.

Written by
Edward Waddell