Whitbread has chosen Nestlé Professional's plant-based brand Garden Gourmet to bring a new meat-free offering to 800 hotel and 400 pub sites nationwide.
The partnership sees Garden Gourmet offered to customers across all Premier Inn hotels and their associated Whitbread restaurants, including Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Bar + Block, Cookhouse + Pub, Table Table, Whitbread Inns and Premier Inn restaurants.
Guests can choose from the Garden Gourmet Sensational Burger and the Garden Gourmet Cumberland Sausage - a new to market that features on both the breakfast menu, and as a plant-based alternative to the sausage & mash in selected restaurants.
Commenting on the launch, Katya Simmons, Managing Director, Nestlé Professional UK & Ireland, said: "The growth in demand for plant-based products is being driven by two powerful trends: health and concern for the planet. Our Garden Gourmet range is an excellent source of fibre and protein*, contributing to a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, and as part of our commitment to building a sustainable brand, is on track to become carbon neutral in 2022.
"Through our partnership with Whitbread, we can share great-tasting, meat-free options with consumers, encouraging them to make healthy, more sustainable choices when eating out of home."
Simon Jones, Managing Director for Premier Inn UK & Restaurants said, "We are delighted to offer increased customer choice with our tasty new vegan options. Debuting on our new autumn/winter main and breakfast menus, we hope that the Sensational Sloppy Joe Burger and the Garden Gourmet Cumberland Sausages will appeal not only to our vegan diners, but those looking to reduce their meat intake."
*Protein contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass
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About Garden Gourmet
The Garden Gourmet range is made using high quality ingredients to provide meals that are both flavoursome and have a good bite. The range offered through Nestlé Professional to caterers and food service has versatile products that offer endless menu possibilities including the Sensational Burger, Vegan Mince, Vegan Fillet Pieces, Vegan Meat-Style Balls, Vegetarian Breaded Fillet and Vegetarian Burger Deluxe. A source of plant-based protein and fibre, the range is designed to be quick and easy to prepare, and the ingredients can be added to a wide variety of recipes, from rich Italian pastas to fragrant Asian dishes.
The Garden Gourmet Sensational range was also launched in retail in September. The range initially includes four delicious and versatile plant-based products, consisting of the incredibly juicy burger, mince, Cumberland-style sausages and Mediterranean style fillet pieces which can be easily switched into family favourite meals.
About Nestlé Professional
At Nestlé Professional, Hospitality is more than just a business. It is our business. For the Hospitality Industry, this means inspiring the next generation of culinary talent through Nestlé Professional Toque d'Or; striving in the field in Nutrition, Health and Wellness; and collaborating with the industry for a more sustainable future. From coffee to cocoa, and from food waste to water, Nestlé Professional works with farmers, chefs and operators to help make strides towards sustainability.
Whitbread PLC is the owner of Premier Inn and restaurant brands including Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table, Bar + Block, Whitbread Inns and Cookhouse + Pub.
From booking to bed, Premier Inn is here to help its guests rest easy. Whether it's a choice of 80,000 rooms across 800+ hotels, beds guests won't want to leave, tasty food, flexible rates or friendly team members who genuinely care, these are just some of the reasons Premier Inn is one of the most-loved hotels in the UK and beyond.
Outside of the UK, Whitbread's expansion plans are focused on Germany. It opened its first hotel in Frankfurt in 2016 and has an open and committed pipeline of 73 hotels and over 13,500 rooms in H1 FY22.
Whitbread is committed to being a force for good in the communities in which it operates. It's sustainability programme, "Force for Good" is focused on enabling people to live and work well and is built around three pillars of Opportunity, Community and Responsibility.
Whitbread PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE.