Can you briefly introduce Plamil Foods?
Plamil Foods is the oldest vegan company in Europe. We might be the original manufacturer of free-from food! Plamil created Europe’s first milk alternative back in the 1950s and has been vegan and free-from food pioneers and innovators ever since. Plamil made the world’s first vegan meat alternative (Sav-ree), the first vegan cheese (Veeze), the first vegan cream (Delice), the first vegan mayonnaise and the first dairy-free milky chocolate. Plamil also made the first certified Organic chocolate in the UK.
How do you try to make your free-from products stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace?
Apart from just being a vegan manufacturer, Plamil aims to make the right choices for a sustainable planet. All Plamil chocolate uses certified cocoa (Organic, Fairtrade, UTZ or a combination of these) to avoid problems such as child slave labour and bonded labour. Plamil does not buy from countries with poor human rights records. The Plamil Chocolate Factory in Folkestone, UK is powered by 100% renewable energy. As a result, Plamil is often listed as the most ethical chocolate company in the UK. Plamil aims to make the right choices for a sustainable planet.
What new products are you introducing in 2019 and exhibiting in Barcelona?
At the Free From Functional Food Expo in Barcelona, Plamil will be introducing our exciting new bar: “So free Smooth.” It tastes just like milk chocolate but it is cocoa and coconut (instead of dairy milk). It has less than 4% sugars, and then only naturally occurring sugars. A little bit of sweetness goes a long way! Plamil will also be showing our Halloween and Christmas range.
Julian Lucas, Sales and Marketing Manager