Plant-based meat pioneerSchouten launched in 1990 as the first Dutch company to develop plant-based meats. The company offers extensive and varied product ranges, including burgers, sausages, and schnitzels, and supplies its products, primarily under its private label, to more than 50 countries. The new Tempeh Monce follows the development of a pea-based vegan ground meat, made specifically for consumers who prefer plant-based meats made with ingredients other than soy. In recent years, Schouten has introduced other successful innovations using tempeh. Earlier this year, Henk Schouten, CEO of Schouten Europe, launched Tempeh Today in India in an effort to help reduce the protein deficit among the growing Indian population. The initiative produces tempeh locally and in a sustainable way using small, high-tech shipping containers where the soy is fermented into tempeh. The tempeh factories obtain energy from solar panels, and 60 percent of the tempeh that is produced is frozen and transported to a central location for storage and packing for the local retail and foodservice industry. The remaining 40 percent is used for meals for school children. Schouten plans to roll out at least 100 shipping-container factories across India over the next five years.
Making sustainable vegan seafoodSchouten creates many of its products based on consumer demand. In April, Schouten released vegan fish sticks in response to the growing demand for animal-free seafood products brought on, in part, by the popularity of Netflix documentary Seaspiracy. The brand’s wheat- and rice-based vegan fish sticks are meant to be used in the same applications as traditional fish sticks. “Schouten has always been a forerunner in the meat substitutes market, and we are now also a forerunner in the fish substitutes market,” Schouten Product Manager Annemiek Vervoort said. “We want to develop sustainable and tasty alternatives that reduce the pressure on the oceans. We expect to add another three fish substitutes to our product range before the summer.” plant-based vegan meat nasdaq-bynd meat fish seafood burgers soy protein fermented industry