In a move to boost exports of unique agricultural processed food products, the Government of India through apex export promotion body — Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Authority (APEDA) — facilitated the export of the 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, plant-based food products have a huge export potential in the international market due to the high nutrient value of vegan food products. Due to its rich fibre and lesser cholesterol contents, vegan food products are becoming alternative food products across the globe.
The first shipment exported to the USA from Nadiad has vegan food products like momos, mini samosas, patties, nuggets, spring rolls, and burgers, among other food. The logistics support was provided by the Kheda district administration.
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Stressing on exploring new foreign destinations, Dr M Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA, said, “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 KL Bachani assured all needed support to APEDA for export-related activities in the 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 USA from Nadiad,” Bachani said.
APEDA has planned to promote a variety of vegan food products, including pancake, snacks and cheese to the countries of Australia, Israel, New Zealand and others in the coming months.
On the occasion, APEDA, Gujarat’s Regional Head stressed on adding more plant-based meat products to APEDA’s export basket. Greennest and Wholesome Foods exported the first consignment of plant-based food products from India.