You can now buy vegan ravioli at Aldi in the U.S. The supermarket chain offers plant-based spinach ravioli under its Earth Grown label.
The pasta is certified vegan by the American Vegetarian Association, an organization formed in 1999 with the goal of helping consumers make more accurate food choices.
The vegan spinach ravioli, which is made in Italy, contains 0.5 grams of saturated fat and less than 1 gram of total sugar per 1/2 cup. It also contains no cholesterol.
Vegan ravioli with eggplant and yellow pepper is also available from Aldi supermarkets in the U.S.
Vegan Italian Food
Plant-based Italian food is gaining popularity across the globe. Several restaurant chains in the UK have introduced vegan menu options to cater to rising demand, including Frankie & Benny’s, ASK Italian, and Pizza Express.
Australian pasta company San Remo recently launched three vegan ravioli products in flavors Lentil, Spinach, and Garlic; Roast Capsicum and Olive; and Sundried Tomato and Basil. The vegan pasta dishes are a good source of protein and fiber and contain no artificial colors, flavors, or cholesterol.
Also Down Under, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian just announced a new vegan and vegetarian menu. Australian locations of the chain now offer 20 meat-free options including a vegan mushroom ravioli with pasta parcels stuffed with mixed mushrooms and chestnuts and topped with tomato and mushroom sauce.
Organic frozen food brand Amy’s Kitchen added a vegan spinach ravioli bowl to its offerings last year. It features organic wheat pasta, organic spinach, marinara sauce, and a plant-based ricotta made of soybeans, coconut milk, nutritional yeast, and seasoning.
Vegan Food at Aldi
Last year, Aldi increased its vegan options at all of its 1,800 locations in the U.S.
Kale and quinoa burgers and plant-based chicken patties joined its Earth Grown label as well as various grab-and-go options including guacamole and hummus, sliced fruit, salads, and quinoa bowls.
“Customers want more products that are healthier for you, that are fresher, that are more convenient, that are more organic in nature, that come from a cleaner ingredient deck,” said Aldi US CEO Jason Hart. “As demand has been exponential in all those categories, we’ve had to re-merchandise the stores.”
The veg-forward change marked the largest product refresh in the history of the chain.