First consignment of plant-based meat products under Vegan food category exported to USA from Gujarat

Centre plans to boost export of vegan foods products to Australia, Israel and New Zealand.

New Delhi: In a move to boost exports of unique agricultural processed food products, the Centre through apex export promotion body — Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Authority (APEDA) — facilitated the export of first consignment of plant-based meat products under Vegan food category from Nadiad in Kheda district in Gujarat to California, the United States of America (USA).

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.

The first shipment that was exported to the USA from Nadiad has vegan food products like momos, mini samosas, patties, nuggets, spring rolls, burgers, etc. The logistics support was provided by the Kheda district administration.

Stressing on exploring new foreign destinations, APEDA chairman, Dr M Angamuthu, said that APEDA is working towards promotion of plant-based meat products in a big way without disturbing the conventional animal-based meat export market.

On the occasion, Kheda district magistrate K.L. Bachani assured all needed support to APEDA for export-related activities in future. “It has become possible with the efforts of Regional Head, APEDA Gujarat that first consignment of plant-based food products is being shipped to U.S.A from Nadiad,” Bachani said.

The APEDA has planned to promote a variety of vegan foods products, including pancake, snacks, cheese, etc, to the countries of Australia, Israel, New Zealand and others in coming months.

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