Plant-based bacon, chorizo, and chunks – here’s what this Chicago-based company brings to SA

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Upton's Naturals plant-based bacon
Upton's Naturals plant-based bacon (Supplied)

  • Chicago-based alternative meat company Upton's Natural's brings to South Africa its plant-based bacon, chorizo, and traditional chunks.  
  • The company joins the ranks of fellow plant-based brands like Beyond Meat, JUST Egg, Miyoko's Creamery, Oatly, and local handcrafted kombucha, Happy Culture within Infinite Foods brand portfolio. 
  • A box retails for R89, and a case of six will cost you R529. 
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Upton's Naturals, a Chicago-based meat alternative and vegan values company, has recently launched its latest addition in the alternative meat market, bringing it to South African shores.

The new additions include Seitan Bacon, Chorizo Crumbles, and Traditional Chunks. The products, which have a pork-like taste and meaty texture, are made mainly of seitan, which is made from wheat protein that has the stretchy texture of meat.

New alternative meats (Upton's Naturals)
New plant-based products (Upton's Naturals)
Upton's Traditional Chunks Seitan
Upton's Traditional Chunks Seitan (Upton's Naturals)

"We are very excited to be able to bring our Seitan range to the South African market. We are looking forward to growing the plant-based food movement throughout the continent," commented Daniel Staackmann, Founder of Upton’s Naturals.

The latest additions are high in protein, non-GMO, kosher, low in fat and with zero cholesterol, compared to animal-based meat.

For R89 box, or R529 for a case of six, the alternative meats can be enjoyed in more ways than one. According to the company, the plant-based Chorizo Crumbles are perfect on tacos, nachos, pasta or with breakfast scramble.

Uptons Chorizo Pasta Packshot (Provided)
Upton's Chorizo Pasta Pack (Supplied)

Bacon can easily be incorporated into dishes such as salads, pasta, and pizzas or as a breakfast side. Or for a recipe that requires whole muscle cuts, the Traditional Chunks easily take on the seasoning and flavour of the dish.

The company joins the ranks of fellow plant-based brands such as Beyond Meat, JUST Egg, Miyoko's Creamery, Oatly and local handcrafted kombucha, Happy Culture within Infinite Foods brand portfolio – Africa's plant-based food platform that delivers global plant-based brands.

"As global recognition of the health and environmental impact of red meat increases, so is the need for great-tasting plant-based alternatives. African consumers are becoming conscious of the impact their food choices have on their health and the environment, but the products have to taste and perform great for consumers to switch," said Michelle Adelman CEO of Infinite Foods .

"We are excited to include Upton Natural's meat-free products to our portfolio to give South Africans another delicious meat alternative," said Adelman.             

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