Are GARDEN GOURMET products vegan?
All of our Garden Gourmet products in the UK are Vegan.
Are GARDEN GOURMET products gluten-free?
Some of our products do not contain gluten in the recipe. However, all our products can contain traces of gluten. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to keep the production of gluten-free products completely separate from those that do contain gluten.
Are GARDEN GOURMET products suitable for children?
They are suitable for children above one year old, but not for babies under that age. Babies under one year old can have a soy allergy and can experience difficulties in digesting the proteins used in our products. In addition, GARDEN GOURMET products contain a small amount of added salt, which is not suitable for young babies.
How long can GARDEN GOURMET products keep after opening?
Our products can be eaten up to 2days after opening, but no later than the date stated on the packaging, if they are stored in the refrigerator at maximum 5°C.
How can I cook GARDEN GOURMET products?
Please check on the packaging the preparation methods and times for each product. Most of our products can be prepared in the oven, frying pan or Airfryer and some of them are also suitable for the BBQ.
Are GARDEN GOURMET products suitable for the barbecue?
The GARDEN GOURMET SENSATIONAL BURGER and SAUSAGE are suitable for preparing on the barbecue, which gives them a delicious grilled flavor. Check the preparation instructions on the package for the exact preparation time, although it can vary depending on your barbecue, so we recommend you to keep an eye on the products as they cook.
How long can I store GARDEN GOURMET products after preparation?
After Our products are safe to eat within two days of being cooked, when stored in the if refrigerator in a sealable container.
Can I freeze GARDEN GOURMET products?
These products are not suitable for freezing. (Our products have been previously frozen and defrosted)
Can I reheat GARDEN GOURMET products?
Yes, but we do not recommend it since we cannot guarantee the same texture and taste.
Where are GARDEN GOURMET products made?
Most of our products are produced at our factory in Krupka, in Czech Republic.
What are GARDEN GOURMET products made of?
We use high quality soya protein in most of our products which is a versatile ingredient.
Why do you use soy in your products?
We use soy protein because it is a high quality protein*. This means it contains all the essential amino acids that our bodies cannot create, and thus we need to obtain from food.
* Recommended amino acid scoring patterns for infants, children and older children, adolescents and adults, FAO 2013
How do you process the soy beans into your products?
We use non-genetically modified (non-GM) Textured Soy Protein (TSP). TSP is obtained from soybeans that are defatted, cooked under pressure and dried. This process gives soy a fibrous texture that looks very much like meat. Intrinsically, TSP does not have much flavour. This makes it a very exciting protein ingredient, as we can add spices and herbs to create a very tasty and nutritious product.
Where does the soy in GARDEN GOURMET products come from?
From 2022 all of our soya will be sourced from Europe. Until then a small proportion is sourced from the USA.
What is methylcellulose and why do you use it in some of your products?
Methyl cellulose is a plant-derived fibre that we use to replace egg in some our products. A small amount of methylcellulose helps blend all ingredients together, keeping the firmness and juiciness of our products. It is totally safe to consume.
What’s the traffic light labelling & why do you have them on your products?
In the UK there is a voluntary front of pack nutrition labelling scheme to help consumers make healthier food choices. This ‘traffic light labelling’ is the governments preferred nutrition labelling scheme on packaging, and includes both nutrition information and colour coding. This can be used to show, at a glance, whether a product is higher (red), medium (amber) or lower (green) in fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt, as well as how much energy (calories and kilojoules) is provided in a serving.
We use front of pack traffic lights on our products because we think it helps make better, informed food choices, based on clear nutritional information. All of our Garden Gourmet range are green and amber for front of pack traffic lights, and we are continuously striving to improve their nutritional value while keeping the same delicious taste.
Are GARDEN GOURMET products enriched with vitamin B12 and iron?
They are not. Many people looking for plant-based products are flexitarians, who can get enough iron and vitamin B12 with a balanced & varied diet. Vegetarians and vegans are at a higher risk of having a low intake of vitamin B12, vitamin D and iron, so if you do not consume animal products at all, you may wish to consult your doctor/nutritionist about whether your consuming an adequate intake of vitamins & minerals.
Are GARDEN GOURMET products organic?
No. Unfortunately, due to the availability and prices of organic soy it is not possible to produce affordable organic Garden Gourmet products.
Is the soy used in your products sourced sustainably?
All suppliers of GARDEN GOURMET are verified against the Responsible Sourcing Standard of our parent company Nestlé. All our suppliers – including soybean farmers and traders – need to be compliant with these requirements, including respecting human rights and ensuring that all raw materials sourced from forested areas have not led to deforestation.
In addition, Nestlé is a member of the 'Round Table on Responsible Soy' (RTRS) - a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to facilitate a global dialog on economically viable, socially equitable and environmentally sound soy production.
Is the soy you use in your products genetically modified (GM)?
No, we use Identity Preserved non-genetically modified soy beans. The seal “Identity Preserved” guarantees that the "non-GM" identity of soybeans is preserved through the whole supply chain.
Why do you use plastic in your packaging?
Because we haven’t found yet a better alternative that guarantees the safety of the product. This is crucial not only to ensure the food will stay safe to eat and will keep its best taste until it arrives to your plate, but also to avoid food waste, which is a serious environmental problem.
However, we’re working closely with the Institute of Packaging Sciences of our parent company, Nestlé, which is putting a lot of effort at finding environmentally-friendly packaging materials.
Is your packaging recyclable?
Our trays and sleeves are easily recyclable in the UK however the plastic film is only recyclable in limited locations at present so please dispose of this in general waste. We are actively supporting future recycling projects in the UK and working closely with the Institute of Packaging Sciences of our parent company, Nestlé, which is putting a lot of effort at finding environmentally-friendly packaging materials.
Is plant-based meat better for the environment?
The plant based diet provides a major opportunity to reduce green house gas emissions.