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Fresh Direct launches mushroom ‘meat’ to help reduce food waste

16th May 2024 - 04:00
Fresh Direct has launched mushroom ‘meat’, an innovative, new product that provides a healthy centre of plate alternative to meat for chefs and caterers to use.

Mushroom ‘meat’ is made from the stalks of mushrooms that would otherwise be discarded, as only the caps are required for standard mushroom products. Rather than waste the stalks, Fresh Direct has partnered with Irish mushroom grower Umi Foods to harvest, cook and shred the surplus products.  

Ian Nottage, head of food development at Fresh Direct, said: “The texture of the mushroom meat provides a fantastic alternative to more traditional centre of plate options. It also has the benefit of avoiding food waste, as it’s made from the unused stalk of the mushroom when it’s harvested.

“With the fibrous root of the mushroom there is a natural texture, which gives a satisfying eating appeal. It’s also suitable for vegans as only soya protein, tapioca flour and coconut oil are added to make this really innovative product. Our chefs have created some fantastic recipes, experimenting with barbecue flavours, perfect for the summer as well as an alternative to pulled pork, which is brilliant in a burger.” 

Based on projected sales, the launch of mushroom meat is expected to save around 80 tonnes of food waste every year.  

Written by
Edward Waddell