IKEA announces it is developing a 100% plant-based ice cream to offer IKEA Bistro range as an alternative to the popular dairy product. Following the huge success of the IKEA veggie hot dog, which was recently made available as a retail product for consumers to cook at home, the addition of a vegan ice cream is another step in making the IKEA Bistro range suitable for the steadily increasing number of vegans and flexitarians around the world
The development of the new ice cream will be tested initially with a fruit-based version which is currently ongoing in IKEA stores in Portugal. The product development team at IKEA Food Services in Malmö aims to introduce the plant-based ice cream in IKEA Bistros on a global scale starting from summer 2019.
“The dairy-based soft ice is one of the most popular IKEA Bistro products worldwide – we want the plant-based version to be simply as delicious, soft and airy as our traditional one. Therefore we’re working closely with different suppliers to find the right taste and texture and are currently exploring three different alternatives, either based on oats, soy or fruits” explains Gerry Dufresne, range manager at IKEA Food Services AB.