Aside from their purse-friendly, Scandinavian chic flat-pack furniture and homeware offerings, there’s really only one major reason why we’re all so obsessed with IKEA – their famous meatballs.
Let’s be honest, the delicious balls of heaven are the sole purpose for most of our trips to the Swedish store and we’re no longer afraid to admit it. Especially considering the company’s latest news, which is set to have plant-based eaters around the world jumping for joy.
It’s official, IKEA has announced that it will be introducing new vegan versions of its iconic meatballs which despite being completely free of animal products, promise to ‘look and taste like meat.’
The company will create the new alternatives, which will be launched in IKEA stores across the world, by working closely with ‘leading suppliers’, using strictly plant-based proteins.
Michael La Cour, managing director at IKEA Food Services AB, said: ‘We know that the IKEA meatballs are loved by many people and for years the meatballs have been the most popular dish in our restaurants.’
He continued: ‘We see a growing demand from our customers to have access to more sustainable food options and we want to meet that need. Our ambition is to make healthier and more sustainable eating easy, desirable and affordable without compromising on taste and texture.’
No date has been set for when the vegan Swedish meatballs will be launched but we do know that the first customer-facing taste tests will be held in 2020, so it might be a while before the real deal is officially ready and waiting at your nearest IKEA canteen.
In the meantime, we can continue to indulge in the plenty of other food options Ikea has to offer including the four existing versions of the meatballs – the original, chicken, vegetarian and the most recent, salmon and cod, which was added to the menu in 2018.