The case: German food service group chooses Schouten for continuity, optimisation, and innovation
A few years ago, a leading German food service giant came knocking on Schouten’s door. The company, which sells fresh convenience products mainly in European countries, was looking for a solid production partner for its plant-based products. The most important requirement was continuity of production with the guaranteed possibility of expansion. That was an agreement that Schouten was able to honour.
Counter-typing and optimising
At the start of the collaboration, the food service company already had various vegetarian products in its assortment. Schouten was asked to counter-type several products such as meatballs, hamburgers, and falafel. Our R&D department not only developed its own recipe but also thought proactively about optimisations, which the customer eventually implemented.
What began with four grew to seven plant-based products. In 2020, the German food service giant asked Schouten to develop the kitchen concepts for several innovative products, including a schnitzel and various burgers. Our R&D department carried out various optimisations, making the product easy to scale up from the kitchen.
In the counter-typing, development, and optimisation of vegetarian and vegan products, Schouten expressly takes all legislation and regulations into account. We consider not only the laws in the country where the customer is located but also the regulations in the sales countries. The German food service giant was pleasantly surprised by our knowledge and proactive approach in this field.
Do you want your vegegarian and vegan products to be counter-typed or optimised? Do you want to surprise your customers with distinctive products? Then contact us.
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