Swiss conglomerate Nestlé has announced it will launch vegan condensed milk in three major U.K retailers.
The company says it has been developing the plant-based alternative to its classic Carnation condensed milk - which is commonly used in many recipes for desserts and confectionaries - for 18 months.
The new product, which is made from oat and rice flour, will be available on Ocado's website from September - and will roll out to Morrisons and Tesco stores the following month.
'It has been a challenge'
It will retail at £2.19 for a 370g tin - nearly 50p more expensive than its dairy counterpart.
According to The Grocer, Nestlé's marketing lead for Dairy Brands U.K Vittoria Simms said: "It has been a challenge for vegans to find suitable alternatives to make dairy or caramel-based sweet treats or desserts, without having to compromise on taste, texture or appearance."
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