In a move to boost exports of processed food products, the Centre facilitated the export of first consignment of plant-based meat products under vegan food category from Nadiad in Kheda district in Gujarat to California in US.
The export of plant-based meat products was facilitated through Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Authority (APEDA), the apex export body under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The first consignment of plant-based food products, which included items like momos, mini samosas, patties, nuggets, spring rolls, burgers among others, were exported by Greennest and Wholesome Foods.
In a statement on Wednesday (22 September), the Commerce Ministry said that with the growing popularity of vegan food products in developed countries, the plant-based food products have a huge export potential in the international market due to the high nutrient value of the vegan food products.
Due to its rich fiber and lesser cholesterol contents, vegan food products are becoming alternative food products across the globe, it said.
The logistics support for the export of vegan meat products was provided by the Kheda district administration.
Stressing on exploring new foreign destinations, APEDA Chairman M Angamuthu said that the export body is working towards promotion of plant-based meat products in a big way without disturbing the conventional animal-based meat export market.
The APEDA has planned to promote a variety of vegan foods products, including pancake, snacks, cheese, etc, to Australia, Israel, New Zealand and others in coming months, the ministry said.
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