Buds plant-based arancini balls roll out in Woolworths

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

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Aussie-based alt-meat brand Buds has rolled out a range of plant-based arancini balls and chicken nuggets in Woolworths. The new range adds to the growing selection of plant-based food in the Australian supermarket giant.

Arancini are Italian rice balls stuffed, coated with bread crumbs and deep-fried and are a staple of Sicilian cuisine،. According to G Foods, the parent company of Buds, its version is made with “mouth-watering” gooey vegan cheese and plant-based mince coated in golden crumbs.  

While the chicken nuggets are said to be made with a “familiar texture and taste” that kids and grown-ups will enjoy.

The arancini balls and nuggets are vegan-friendly and 100 per cent GMO-free (genetically modified organism). However, since it uses soy and wheat-based protein, they are not gluten-free.

“We’re offering Aussies a local choice that doesn’t compromise on taste,” said Jan Pacas, founder of G Foods.

Buds arancini balls are available in an eight-pack sealed tray at $9. A 250gm pack of chicken nuggets sells at $12.99.

Buds makes its plant-protein foods in a dedicated plant-protein factory in Australia. “We are creating the world’s best range of core proteins targeting the match to beef, lamb, chicken and pork – fish is taking a bit longer,” the company says.

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Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

A digital content manager based in the Philippines, Kaycee Enerva has written for multiple publications over several years. A graduate of Computer Science, she exchanged a career in IT to pursue her passion for writing. She's slowly practicing sustainability through period cups, and eating more plant-based food.