In tonight’s episode of Supermarket Secrets (10 April) ‘Staying on Trend’, the supermarkets are fighting to be number one in the latest food fashion battles; including the battle to stay on top of the fast-growing vegan food movement!
In Series 3 of the BBC’s docu-series Supermarket Secrets, the team are going behind the scenes to see how UK supermarkets are using the latest technology and science to bring the British public their food, transforming the way they shop and the food in their trolleys.
Tonight, Presenter Gregg Wallace joins Derek Sarno, Tesco’s ‘Director of Plant-Based Innovation’ to look at how the company is inventing new vegan meals that realistically replicate the taste and feel of meat.
The programme goes behind the scenes to a warehouse near Liverpool, where Sarno is growing exotic mushrooms across 15,000 hardwood logs that mimic the natural environment where the mushrooms would usually grow.
The mushrooms have been selected as the perfect meat replacement because of their chewy texture and masses of natural glutamate, which gives them that savoury ‘meaty’ flavour. The mushrooms are then compressed by a new cooking technique which gives them the perfect ‘meaty’ texture.
As reported by Veganuary, Tesco is really embracing veganism and from this week has started to house plant-based meat alternatives in the meat aisles with the hope that the ever-growing number of flexitarians and meat-reducers will opt to purchase vegan versions of their favourites.
Ahh, there’s nothing like seeing positive coverage of veganism in the mainstream media to confirm that kindness is slowly but surely taking over the world!
Catch ‘Supermarket Secrets: Staying on Trend’ tonight on BBC One at 8pm, or you can watch on iPlayer once the programme has aired.
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