At a time where we all need to be more conscious of our health, we often look for healthier alternatives especially when it comes to food. But sometimes, it could be difficult to avoid the usual ingredients like meat— because, for one, we need protein, and two, meat is just savory and delicious.
But what if we told you that you can indulge in juicy, meaty flavors without actually eating meat? It’s hard to believe, but there is actually a way you can ‘eat’ meat without even taking a bite of pork or chicken or beef! (Read: These Vegan Chocolates Might Just Be the Next Big Thing)
Because of the pandemic, plant-based meats have become a new trend in the food industry. Over the past months, businesses have been making their own versions of plant-based meats that taste and feel like actual animal meat. And in the Philippines, one of the leading companies to do so is Century Pacific Food, Inc. with its unMEAT line.
UnMEAT Sausage, Patties, and More
“The concern of the coronavirus has definitely heightened the need for healthy living,” says Nikki Dizon, General Manager of Century Pacific Food, Inc. She says that with this need, many are thinking of switching to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle— but it’s not for everybody. (Read: Wow, This Plant-Based Lechon Belly Is Worth Trying!)
A workable compromise is making the switch “flexitarian” or “semi-vegan” lifestyle. This adjustment is more feasible, as it only requires reducing meat consumption and turning to plant-based food items. “It’s not only good for us, but also good for the environment,” Nikki says.
So to help people in making the switch to a flexitarian diet, Century Pacific Food, Inc. launched its unMEAT line in four variants: Hungarian sausage, chicken nuggets, giniling, and burger patty. And what’s great is that it is in the same price range as regular meat products you would find at the grocery!
To see how the public will react to their plant-based line, Century Pacific Food, Inc. partnered with Shakey’s in serving their burger patty. As it turned out, the ‘Goood Burger’ received great feedback from customers, and even gained a “small cult following” in the succeeding weeks!
And why wouldn’t it? The unMEAT products are not just delicious and accessible, they are also nutritious and all-natural! “Our efficient science team works with flavor partners and we select natural ingredients that were sourced from plants,” says the unMEAT team. (Read: 5 Plant-Based Ingredients for Your Daily Meals)
So if you’re wondering how unMEAT is different from other plant-based options in the market, why not try them for yourself? The products are available online via the Swift Meat E-Tindahan, Shopee, and Lazada. They are also available in select supermarkets in Metro Manila and select Luzon areas.
The prices are as follows: 226g Burger patties (135 PHP), 225g Sausages (135 PHP), 200g Nuggets (120 PHP), and 200g Giniling (120 PHP).