Jumbo and Schouten: a tasty collaboration
Since 2014, Schouten has been supplying plant-based products under private label to Jumbo. In 2017, together with the supermarket chain, we introduced the vegetarian and vegan product line Jumbo Veggie Chef. It was restyled as Lekker Veggie in 2019. “Their enthusiasm is infectious”, says Nico Wormgoor, senior assortment manager of the supermarket chain. What started with seven vegetarian and two vegan products under private label has grown into a complete plant-based product range, including 15 Schouten bestsellers.
Challenge: a private label line in the vegetarian/vegan sector
Even before 2017, Jumbo predicted a growing consumer demand for meat alternatives. Reason enough to give the vegetarian product range a big boost with its own private label line.
Jumbo and Schouten joined forces in the development. Jumbo was responsible for the look and feel and Schouten for R&D, production, packaging, and delivery. This eventually led to nine successful products under the house brand Jumbo Veggie Chef.
Jumbo chooses Schouten after tender
It is clear that this will be a tasty cooperation. After a tender in 2019, Jumbo again chose Schouten. As of this year, there are no less than 15 tasty Schouten products on the shelves. Among them are nut balls, diced ham, bacon strips, piri piri hamburgers, marinated filet, and Frankfurters.
Jumbo invested not only in a new look and feel but also in a new name: Lekker Veggie. With the name change, the retailer emphasises its decision to use less salt and sugar while still maintaining flavour. The sustainable packaging is made of 100% recycled PET bottles.
Nico Wormgoor, senior category manager at Jumbo:
“At Schouten the rule is: a deal is a deal. These professionals stand 100% behind their products and have considerable knowledge. They have been supplying our vegetarian products in private label form for years. Their enthusiasm is contagious. I hope that Schouten will be able to benefit fully from all the developments in its sector. But I actually expect it to be at the forefront of this”.
“Schouten has a great deal of knowledge”.
These are the three best performing Schouten products in the Jumbo range
Vegetarian nut bites
Delicious with a hot meal or as a snack. Deliciously firm and packed with nuts such as pecan, macadamia, and pistachio.
Perfect for salads, pizza, stews, wok dishes, and much more. Available in various formats
Organic basic product for vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Neutral taste and available in various sizes
Would you like to give your vegetarian and vegan product range an extra boost? Are you ready for your own private label product line with distinctive products? Bestsellers that fit your chain yet which are innovative enough to surprise your shoppers? Please contact us.
Clientcase: Schouten mini-falafel in QiZini wraps
In 2011, Greencore Nederland and Johma Sandwiches joined together to form QiZiNi. Over the years, the ‘friendly food company’ became a major convenience food player. Read the client case where René van Vulpen, Product Development Manager at Qizini, talks about their successful journey with Schouten to develop a new vega wrap.
Colruyt is switching to a sustainable tray
Supermarket giant Colruyt has been living up to its slogan ‘Lowest prices’ for years. In addition to attractive prices, the Belgian family business also has an eye for sustainability. For example, the chain asked Schouten to package their plant-based products more sustainably from now on. A label has replaced the cardboard sleeve, and the tray is now 100% recyclable.