The iconic IKEA meatball has had a makeover

Anya Meyerowitz
·2-min read
Photo credit: Jenner Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jenner Images - Getty Images

From Red Online

Let's face it, when planning a trip to IKEA, we've mainly got one thing in mind. No, not the mini pencils; the iconic meatballs that they dish up in their cafe.

And if you wanted proof of just how much the dish, together with its classic Swedish cream sauce, has become a cult favourite, you only need to look at the furore that ensued when IKEA launched shared its famous meatballs recipe during lockdown.

But now, the store is set to create a vegan version of the iconic dish that's far more sustainable and eco-friendly, as well as being cruelty-free: introducing the IKEA plant balls.

Their newly-developed plant balls are just a small part of IKEA’s ambition to become climate positive by 2030, as they have just 4% of the climate footprint of the original meatball.

Made using plant-based ingredients including yellow pea protein, oats, potatoes, onion and apple, plant balls will offer the same moreish flavour, look and texture of the iconic IKEA meatball, and the store are adamant that it will suit all tastes: meatball lovers, flexitarians, vegetarians and vegans alike.

Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager, IKEA UK and Ireland, commented 'At IKEA, we are committed to having a positive impact on people and the planet. In order to reduce the climate footprint of the total IKEA business, including our food business, and make climate-friendly, delicious food available for everyone, we are making sure meat alternatives are an easy, desirable and affordable choice.

'With the new plant ball we can now offer meat lovers a great tasting, more sustainable alternative – without compromising on the IKEA meatball experience that is loved by so many.'

Working towards this vision, IKEA aims to reduce more greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) than it emits and ensure all products are made following circular design principles, as well as being made of renewable, recyclable and/or made of recycled materials.

As if we needed another reason to visit IKEA...

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