You can now buy Nescafé Gold dairy-free instant lattes at Tesco. The vegan coffee sachets are available in oat, almond, and coconut flavors.
The new products feature Arabica beans and are smooth and creamy, according to the Tesco website. They are low in sugar and fat and contain no cholesterol. Each box contains six sachets of instant coffee.
The instant lattes are certified by The Vegan Society, the oldest charity of its kind.
Nescafé is owned by Nestlé, one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies. According to the Tesco website, Nescafé products are consumed in more than 180 countries and more than 5,500 cups of Nescafé coffee are drunk every second.
Nestlé and Vegan Products
Last year, Nescafé launched two vegan coffee smoothies. The beverages, called Coffee Protein Smoothies, feature dairy-free oat milk. They are available in Banana and Mocha flavors and every bottle packs 15 grams of protein from sources like oats, almond milk, and almond butter.
“Nestlé continues to meet the ever-changing needs and preferences of customers. We know that consumers are looking for plant-based options and continue to see that category grow,” the company said in a statement.
Earlier this year, Coffee-Mate, a creamer company manufactured by Nestlé, began selling two vegan coffee creamers under its natural bliss brand.
Nestlé is tapping into the surging vegan market away from the coffee sector, too. It was reported in May that the food giant is on a mission to dominate the plant-based meat market. Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said the company is “deeply interested in the plant-based food area,” adding that Nestlé has “a lot to show in this area.”
The company recently introduced its vegan Incredible Burger in Europe, a plant-based beef patty that closely mirrors animal-based meat, even “bleeding” like the real thing thanks to the use of beetroot.
The Rise of Vegan Coffee
Nescafé isn’t alone in its efforts to cater to the growing number of people choosing animal-free coffee options.
Trader Joe’s launched vegan coconut cream lattes earlier this year. The ready-to-drink cold brews come in cans and are available in two flavors: Original and Caramel Spice.
Last year, Starbucks launched a line of vegan cold brew smoothies featuring rice and pea protein, almond butter, dates, and cacao.