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Goa-based Wakao Foods has launched a new product, the plant-based Continental Burger Patty, made from 53% jackfruit. The patty also contains pea protein and spices and mimics the texture of pulled meat. With a year-long shelf life at ambient temperatures, the patty does not require refrigeration and is said to be rich in fiber and protein. Wakao’s range includes other jackfruit-based products such as Hot & Spicy Sausage, American Herbs Sausage, and Supreme Burger Patty, as well as raw, butter, teriyaki, and BBQ varieties of jackfruit. India is a significant jackfruit producer and exports substantial quantities to European alt-meat brands. Wakao is now bringing jackfruit-based meat alternatives to the fast-growing Indian plant-based market.
Wakao Foods, which launched just prior to the pandemic in 2020, has seen impressive month-on-month growth rates of 25%. Founder Sairaj Dhond spent a year experimenting with top Indian chefs to create meat alternatives that could convince even diehard meat lovers. The company advocates for cruelty-free food and a vegan way of life, with a mission to offer healthy and sustainable food options that are ethically sourced.
Sairaj Dhond, CEO of Wakao Foods, said: “Our ardent mission is to offer our valued patrons healthy and nutritious culinary options that are both sustainable and ethically sourced. We are proud to launch the Continental Burger Patty, an innovative addition to our line of vegan products that will appeal not only to our loyal customer base but also to meat enthusiasts searching for healthy and plant-based options.” The Continental Burger Patty is available on Wakao’s website and selected e-commerce platforms.