Urban Deli launched Swedish leguminous plant forcemeat

By on October 14, 2018

Urban Deli continues to launch news to reduce the company’s climate impact, this time through a protein-switching from animal to plant-based. All minced meat in Urban Deli’s popular ready-made lasagna and bolognese are replaced with a leguminous plant focemeat made of Swedish-grown leguminous and oil crops.

The leguminous plant forcemeat consists of sweet lupine, field bean, gray pea, colza and salt. Nothing else. Unlike the majority of other meat substitutes sold in trade today, the forcemeat is completely free from soya. The raw materials have also not been processed by texturing or extrusion.

– More and more people want to reduce their meat consumption, eat healthy, choose locally produced while adding minimal cooking time, says Jesper Weidlitz, CEO Urban Deli. By replacing the minced meat in our top sellers on the ready food side with the leguminous plant forcemeat, we want to make it easier for more to venture into a protein change and choose Swedish and healthy.

The Swedish-grown leguminous plant forcemeat has been developed at Torsåker farm three miles north of Stockholm. Torsåker is a test yard and a development center for the sustainable food of the future, run by the non-profit sustainability organization Axfoundation. One of Torsåker’s focus areas is Swedish-grown protein crops. The sampling of a number of legumes and product development of the raw materials has resulted in the leguminous plant forcemeat, whose uses are the same as the minced meat.

Important parameters in the development of the course were that the raw materials would be Swedish, climate smart and contain at least as much nutrition as minced meat, the meat raw material that Swedish uses the most. The leguminous plant forcemeat contains more dietary fiber than meat and also has a low GI.

– Swedish grass raised meat has many advantages. However, almost half of all meat consumed in Sweden is imported and often raised on power feed. We would like to replace that meat with Swedish-grown legumes, says Madeleine Linins Mörner on Axfoundation. We are also very keen that Swedish farmers get well paid for their crops so that they have margins for development and innovation.

Urban Deli bolognese and lasagna on the leguminous plant forcemeat is found in the ready-made dishes of all the Urban Deli. Within short comes some dishes in the restaurant menu will also contain leguminous plant forcemeat. 5 percent of the sales price per sold package goes back to research and innovation regarding Swedish legumes.

Helena Olofsson, Food & Beverage