Popular beverages now with dairy-free options

(From left) Chew, Wong, Aranols, Teng and Kanthan at the launch of Nestle’s new dairy-free drinks at Jaya Grocer, Starling Mall. (Face masks were removed briefly for the photo shoot).

NESTLE Malaysia has launched a dairy-free alternative to two beverages to further cement its pledge to achieve zero net emissions by 2050.

The roll-out for Milo dairy-free almond as well as Nescafé dairy-free almond latte and oat latte is to include more plant-based products in its portfolio, which are healthier and more sustainable.

Nestle chief executive officer Juan Aranols said the first all-new dairy-free drink range in Malaysia complemented its product innovation drive to deliver plant-based food that is tasty, nutritious and environmentally friendly.

“Many of us are moving towards plant-based diets as we know they’re better for health with lower fat and cholesterol content. With the Milo and Nestle dairy-free drinks, we have also lowered the sugar content.

“We also have to think about the planet, as plant-based diets have a lower carbon footprint and more efficient use of water and land.

“We are excited for the opportunity to lead the way in Malaysia for those who choose to embark on this journey, ” said Aranols at the launch event at Jaya Grocer in Starling Mall, Petaling Jaya.

Also present were Jaya Grocer operations director Daniel Teng, Nestle Malaysia sales executive director Chew Soi Ping, Nestle Malaysia business executive officer (ready-to-drink) April Wong and Jaya Grocer merchandising head Kanthan K.

This follows the launch of Nestle’s first Asean plant-based food factory Harvest Gourmet in Shah Alam.

The new dairy-free drinks do not contain ingredients sourced from animals. The milk is replaced with plant-based protein like almond, soy, oat and pea.

The Milo dairy-free almond contains almond and soy, while the two core ingredients – malt and cocoa – remain.

Nescafé dairy-free almond latte includes almond and pea, while the Nescafé dairy-free oat latte combines oat and soy.

The new Nestlé drinks meet the Healthier Choice Logo criteria set by the Health Ministry.

The launch saw a question-and- answer session with freelance dietitian and author Goo Chui Hoong as well as local plant-based advocates such as TV host Melissa Tan, actor Sangeeta Krishnasamy, performer Davina Goh and celebrity chef Kalidevan Murugaya, better known as Chef Dave.

The Milo dairy-free almond, Nescafé dairy-free almond latte and oat latte are available in a 225ml bottle at RM3.50, while the Milo dairy-free almond UHT 1 litre is priced at RM10.50.

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