Where can I find the ingredients and nutritional value of all products?
You can review the ingredients and nutritional values of our products on our website, here.
You will also find the carbohydrates per product. A full list of ingredients and nutritional values is can also be found on the product’s packaging.
What products do not contain any yeast?
Yeast provides a certain flavour that is important for the optimal meat experience of some of our meat substitutes. Fortunately, we also have products in our range that do not contain yeast.
The following products may be suitable for you:
- Vegan Smoked Bacon Bits, based on vegetables
- Vegan Chicken Teriyaki
- Fish-free Tuna
- Vegan Beef Strips
- Vegan Chicken Chunks
- Vegan Springroll
What is lupine?
Lupine is a plant you may recognize from seeing it in your garden. Lupine has beans, just like a soy plant. These beans are processed to obtain a fibre with a firm bite that forms the base for our products. Lupine itself has a nutlike flavour. The beans are very high in protein and fibre, making them a perfect ingredient for a healthy meal.
Where is your lupine grown?
The lupine we use is organically grown on Dutch soil. It is a robust plant that is easy to grow without having to resort to fertilizer and chemicals. The plant was traditionally grown in the Netherlands to make the soil more fertile. As The Vegetarian Butcher grows, this wonderful plant will decorate increasing amounts of our landscape.
Which of your products are lupine based?
The following products are lupine based:
Vegetarian Croquette Ball
Vegan Noodle Patty
Vegan Spring roll
Where does your soy originate from?
The soy we use in some of our vegetarian meat products is GMO-free and originates from small-scale cultivation, for which no forests are chopped down (South America outside the Amazon, Midwest US, Canada and parts of Asia).
What products are soy based?
The following products are soy based:
- Fish-free Tuna
- Vegetarian Meatball
- Vegetarian Raw Minced Meat
- Vegan Fried Minced Meat
- Vegan Chicken Chunks (all vegan chicken products)
- Vegetarian Snack Balls
- Vegetarian Smoked Bacon Strips
Is the soy you use GMO-free?
We only use soy that is not genetically modified (GMO). This guarantees that the soy originates from small-scale cultivation, for which no forests are chopped down.
Is the soy you use organic?
At the moment, fat free (defatted) soy flour required for the production of our products is not organically grown yet. We are doing everything in our power to change this and in addition, we are working on products that are made of Dutch grown organic lupine.
Do you use fermented or unfermented soy?
We currently use unfermented soy in our products. Opinions about the health effects of unfermented soy differ greatly, scientific reports contradict each other. None of that changes the fact that we are doing everything in our power to include all information on health issues in our product development. In that case, it might be good to know that we also create products made of organic lupine grown on Dutch soil by us. It may be good to know that our new meat substitutes, like our Vegan Beef Strips are made of 100% locally grown vegetables.
Do your products contain E-numbers / MSG?
Our products do not contain MSG, monosodium glutamate; we have a very strict policy on the use of E-numbers and specifically ask our suppliers about the origins of their products. The few E-numbers still used in some of our products are under less scrutiny than MSG, but even so, our aim is to minimize or even eliminate the E-numbers used in our products. The Dutch Commodities Act requires food producers to mention any E-numbers of glutamate added to a product. This concerns the following E-numbers; E621 (MSG, monosodium –glutamate, the most famous branch of the glutamates), E622, E623, E624 and E625. We strongly oppose the use of these flavour enhancers, meaning that they will never be used in our products. The link below provides more information, including about the natural presence of glutamate in certain food:
In addition, it is good to know that should we use yeast extract in a product, we will always mention this on the label, simply because some people want to avoid it.
Do your products contain glucose syrup?
Four of our products contain a small percentage of glucose syrup. That is somewhat different than High Fructose Corn Syrup (mainly used in America and currently in the media due to its relation to obesity). We also have plenty of products without glucose syrup.
Are any forests destroyed to obtain the palm oil you use?
To us, environment and sustainability are extremely important aspects of our business. There is a lot of palm oil available from suppliers who destroy forests to obtain what they need. However, the palm oil and soy we use, come from sources for which no forests are destroyed.
Which products have been enriched with iron or Vitamin B12?
The following products have been enriched with iron and / or Vitamin B12:
- Vegetarian Meatball iron + Vitamin B12
- mc2 Burger iron + Vitamin B12
- Vegetarian Raw Minced Meat iron + Vitamin B12
- Vegan Fried Minced Meat iron + Vitamin B12
- Vegetarian Snack Balls iron + Vitamin B12
- Vegetarian Smoked Bacon Strips iron
- Vegan Chicken Teriyaki iron
- Vegan Beef Strips iron
- Vegan Chicken Chunks iron
What allergens do your products contain?
We are legally required to mention the required 14 allergens in our products. If the product contains 1 of these allergens, you will see this in the list of ingredients.
Do your products contain garlic or onion?
Garlic and onions are not allergens, which means they are not included in the list of allergens (Alba list) as used in the food industry.
Garlic / onion are categorised as ‘herbs & spices’. If ‘herbs & spices’ is listed, it means the product might well contain garlic/onion. You can check the ingredients per product on our website.
What type of eggs do you use in your products?
The eggs we use are laid by free range chickens. Which means they are code 1 eggs.
What kind of flavoring do you use in your products?
All our flavourings are vegetable, meaning they are made of plants, vegetables or minerals. The precise composition of these flavourings is our secret recipe. As flavouring is not considered to be an additive by Law, it doesn’t have to be assigned a number and the term ‘flavouring’ suffices. We mainly use natural flavourings, which means the substance was not artificially obtained. Our aim is to use sustainable and organic products where possible.
What colorants do the Vegetarian Raw Minced Meat contain?
Our Vegetarian Raw Minced Meat contains natural extracts as ‘colorants’ extracted from paprika and beetroots. This is to give the product a more meat-like appearance in a healthy way.
What is the moisture level of your products?
Our products consist of about 60% water. The other ingredient is dry matter. This level of moisture is comparable to the that of real chicken breast (75%) or ground beef (64%).