KONOLFINGEN, Switzerland (Reuters) – Demand for plant-based foods has picked up during the coronavirus crisis as consumers try to eat more healthily and problems at some factories have hit meat supplies, the head of Swiss food giant Nestle NESN.VX said on Monday.
The world’s biggest packaged food company is investing heavily in plant-based products as it looks to step up innovation and meet the challenge of trendy local food brands.
In the coming days, it is launching a plant-based Nesquik milk drink and a new version of its vegan burger.
“The interest in plant-based alternatives has been on the rise for a number of reasons,” Chief Executive Mark Schneider told Reuters, citing problems in the North American meat supply chain.
In the spring, about 20 meat factories were closed in the United States after thousands of coronavirus cases.
“People also have a renewed interest in personal health and losing weight