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IT'S NOT CHICKEN, BEEF OR PORK. IT'S 'QUORN'


all-quorn buffet
Last week, a well-dressed multi-cultural crowd milling around the proudly-British Aston Martin, then gleaming in the afternoon sun, collectively turned around and headed for a delicious and most unusual buffet of their favorite finger foods: fish sticks, chicken nuggets, meatballs, sausages, crispy ontons, mini pizzas, and pasta with pork. The Great British Festival was the maiden Philippine public appearance of a unique product that has won acclaim worldwide: Quorn, a meat substitute that is sustainable, and kinder to the planet than animal or plant protein. Quorn makes me proud as it is owned by a Filipino company, Monde Nissin, which acquired the British company Qourn Foods last year for $833 million.
Tastes Like Chicken The crusty crispy chicken nuggets threw me off. They had the texture, the fiber, the moisture, and the flavor of real chicken breast. Not at all like the old vege-meat from gluten and soy, which never quite captured the “feel” of real chicken. READ MORE...

ALSO: Monde Nissin Corporation


Monde Nissin Corporation
(d/b/a Monde Nissin and abbreviated as MNC) is a Philippine-based company that manufactures noodles, biscuits, packaged baked goods, culinary aids under brands Lucky Me!, Nissin, Voice, Bingo, and Monde. Monde Nissin's subsidiaries include Monde M.Y. San, manufacturer of iconic biscuit brands SkyFlakes and Fita; Monde Nissin Thailand; and Monde Nissin Australia, comprising the businesses Black Swan, Nudie, and Menora Foods. The company is also the exclusive marketing and distribution arm of Marigold Manufacturing Corporation for Mama Sita's, and of Dairy Plus Thailand for Dutch Mill. The operations of Monde Nissin main plant has adapted a management system in line with ISO 22000:2005 to conform to the international standards for Food Safety Management Systems. Since 2000, Monde Nissin has been consistently included in the top 50 corporations in the Philippines based on gross revenues. Monde Nissin is not affiliated with Japan-based company Nissin Foods, whose Philippine affiliate is Universal Robina. CONTINUE READING...


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It’s not chicken, beef, or pork. It’s quorn!


all-quorn buffet

MANILA, MARCH 7, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Sol Vanzi March 3, 2016 - Last week, a well-dressed multi-cultural crowd milling around the proudly-British Aston Martin, then gleaming in the afternoon sun, collectively turned around and headed for a delicious and most unusual buffet of their favorite finger foods: fish sticks, chicken nuggets, meatballs, sausages, crispy ontons, mini pizzas, and pasta with pork.

pigs in blanket pigs in blanket

The Great British Festival was the maiden Philippine public appearance of a unique product that has won acclaim worldwide: Quorn, a meat substitute that is sustainable, and kinder to the planet than animal or plant protein.

Quorn makes me proud as it is owned by a Filipino company, Monde Nissin, which acquired the British company Qourn Foods last year for $833 million.

Tastes Like Chicken

The crusty crispy chicken nuggets threw me off. They had the texture, the fiber, the moisture, and the flavor of real chicken breast. Not at all like the old vege-meat from gluten and soy, which never quite captured the “feel” of real chicken.

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At the British fair, crowds flocked in and ate just about every variant. They could not believe they were eating meat substitute, not even after reading the product brochures.

When it is harvested, mycoprotein has a similar appearance to bread dough, and is composed of a mass of very fine fibers. Because of the similarity between mycoprotein and meat fibers, Quorn products have a texture similar to that of lean meat, although non-animal in nature. Natural flavorings such as herbs and spices are added to produce several variants: chicken nuggets, minced beef, pork sausages, fish sticks, and burger patties.

Natural, ecological

The meat substitute, which has been popular in Europe for more than a decade, is made from mycoproteins grown by fermentation, similar to the process used when making yogurt. It obtained approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2001.

Like other meat substitutes, Qourn is healthier than meat as it is low in fat and high in non-animal protein and fiber. Tree-huggers like it because it takes about five times less energy to produce a gram of Quorn than it does a gram of meat, and factory-based Quorn production is even more ecologically friendly than growing huge fields of soybeans.

Production methods allow Quorn products to have a carbon footprint that is approximately 90 percent less than beef and 75 percent less than chicken. It also uses 40 to 90 percent less land and water than different meat options.

Healthy world leader

Quorn is the world leader in meat alternatives, with more than three billion servings sold over the last 30 years in many countries in Europe, in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, where it is highly recommended by doctors, nutritionists, and heart foundations. It contains 85 percent less fat than lean beef and 200 fewer calories per meal. Last, but not least, it has zero percent cholesterol.

Versatile and available

Nissin Monde will soon be distributing Quorn products at select outlets and eateries.

First to be available are ready-to-cook sausages, patties, nuggets, and fish fingers.

For those who love to cook, there will be ground Qourn that’s perfect for omelets, stuffing, spaghetti sauce, curries, spring rolls, hash, and casseroles. By Sol Vanzi.


WIKIPEDIA

Monde Nissin

Monde Nissin Corporation (d/b/a Monde Nissin and abbreviated as MNC) is a Philippine-based company that manufactures noodles, biscuits, packaged baked goods, culinary aids under brands Lucky Me!, Nissin, Voice, Bingo, and Monde.

Monde Nissin's subsidiaries include Monde M.Y. San, manufacturer of iconic biscuit brands SkyFlakes and Fita; Monde Nissin Thailand; and Monde Nissin Australia, comprising the businesses Black Swan, Nudie, and Menora Foods.

The company is also the exclusive marketing and distribution arm of Marigold Manufacturing Corporation for Mama Sita's, and of Dairy Plus Thailand for Dutch Mill.

The operations of Monde Nissin main plant has adapted a management system in line with ISO 22000:2005 to conform to the international standards for Food Safety Management Systems.

Since 2000, Monde Nissin has been consistently included in the top 50 corporations in the Philippines based on gross revenues.

Monde Nissin is not affiliated with Japan-based company Nissin Foods, whose Philippine affiliate is Universal Robina.

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History

Monde Nissin was originally incorporated as Monde Denmark Nissin Biscuit Corporation in 1979. Monde Nissin started manufacturing biscuits in 1980. Among its first products were Nissin Butter Coconut and Nissin Wafer.[citation needed]
Leadership in the noodles segment.

In 1989, the company ventured into the instant noodle segment with Lucky Me!. It launched Instant Mami, noodle with soup in pouches, in Beef and Chicken variants. Eventually, these became the fastest selling products.

In 1991, it introduced Lucky Me! Pancit Canton, the first dry stir-fry pouched noodles in the Philippine market.



In 1995, Lucky Me! Supreme in La Paz Batchoy flavor was launched as the first Filipino dish-flavored no-cook cup noodles.

In 2009, Lucky Me! Special was introduced, which consists of noodles with local and international flavors such as Lomi (egg noodles in seafood flavor), Jjamppong (spicy Korean noodles), Curly Spaghetti, Baked Mac, and Mac & Cheez.

In 2014, Kantar Worldpanel, in its Brand Footprint Report, cited Lucky Me! as the most chosen and purchased consumer brand in the Philippines, reaching almost all Filipino households.

Growth of the biscuits segment

In 2001, the company acquired Mar Yon (M.Y.) San Corporation, manufacturer of SkyFlakes, Fita, and M.Y. San Grahams.

Subsequent to the sale of shares, M.Y. San changed its name to Monde M.Y. San Corporation.

Several cookies and snack products were also launched, namely Eggnog Cookies, Bread Stix, and Bingo Cookie Sandwich.

In 2005, Voice Combo Cracker became the first cracker and wafer combo biscuit in the Philippines.

In 2014, Voice Pops was launched as the first cream sandwich with popping candies.

Expansion of product portfolio

After establishing leadership of the noodle and biscuit segments, Monde Nissin pushed for a dynamic phase with its expansion to other product categories.

In 2006, Dutch Mill Yoghurt Drink became available in the Philippines through partnership with Dairy Plus Thailand.

In 2010, Monde Nissin entered the culinary solutions market with the introduction of Lucky Me! NamNam All-3-in-1 Seasoning. Its portfolio of culinary aids expanded further with the launch of Lucky Me! NamNam Tomato seasoning in 2013, the first seasoning in the local market with the taste of real tomatoes.

In 2011, Monde was launched as the first premium-quality packaged baked products line. It initially offered Monde Special Mamon, the first premium-quality baked sponge cake in the Philippines. Following this were the introduction of Monde Special Cream Puff, Belgian Waffle, and Crispy Waffle.



In 2014, Monde Nissin took on the marketing and distribution of Mama Sita’s products, with a range of culinary solutions such as sauces, mixes, condiments, meal kits, and coolers.

Subsidiaries and partnerships

Apart from developing homegrown brands, Monde Nissin led acquisitions and forged business partnerships, leading to the diversification of its product lines and extended reach in the international market.

In 2001, Monde M.Y. San became a subsidiary of Monde Nissin.

In 2004, Monde Nissin began its expansion in the international manufacturing market through the establishment of another subsidiary, Monde Nissin Thailand.

In 2006, Monde Nissin partnered with Dairy Plus Thailand to distribute Dutch Mill Yoghurt Drink to the Philippines. Four years later, the company took over the local marketing of the brand.

In 2014, the company became the exclusive marketing and distribution arm of Marigold Manufacturing Corporation for Mama Sita’s products.

In the same year, Monde Nissin Australia was established as a subsidiary. It primarily comprises businesses of chilled dips and juices from Black Swan, Nudie, and Menora Foods.

In 2015, it bought Quorn for £550m.


Quorn Foods has capitalised on growing healthy eating habits Quorn’s turnover rose by almost 7pc last year to £150.3m and the firm recently spent £30m upgrading its Billingham production plant near Middlesbrough. The company makes 22,000 tonnes of mycoprotein, the core ingredient of its meat-free products, each year at Billingham. Mycoprotein, which is produced from fermented fungus and sugar, is used to fill Quorn’s meat-free mince, nuggets, burgers and sausages. Photo: North News & Pictures Ltd

Logo



The Monde Nissin logo depicts the image of sails. The identity was developed to revolve around the idea of the company surging forward to innovative ideas and new mindsets.

Export

Monde Nissin exports its food products in 39 countries, with the Middle East and United States markets comprising the bulk of its export business.

Thailand
Monde Nissin Thailand was established in 2004, which manufactures snacking products with brands like Voiz and Sumo.

Australia
The successive acquisitions of Black Swan, Nudie, and Menora Foods led to the establishment of Monde Nissin Australia in 2014.

Advocacy
Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga (Family Mealtime Matters)



In 2007, Monde Nissin, under Lucky Me!, launched Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga (Family Mealtime Matters) advocacy.

It focuses on the promotion of frequent family meals together as a way to strengthen the foundations of the Filipino family.

The advocacy was supported by Presidential Proclamation 326 dated January 2012, which declared every 4th Monday of September to be Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga day.


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