South Australian authentic Italian ‘at-home’ brand Cucina Classicahas announced a partnership with the award-winning international one hundred percent plant based Canadian food company, Modern Meat.
Under the collaboration, Cucina Classica will become one of the first South Australian brands to pivot its local manufacturing towards plant-based foods and be leaders in using prominently Australian ingredients.
According to Cucina Classica managing director, Roberto Cardone the announcement presents a massive opportunity as Australia becomes the third country in the world to be manufacturing the fully sustainable Modern Meat products.
“This is a proud moment for Cucina Classica as Australia joins Canada and North America in manufacturing Modern Meat products. The partnership will also have great financial benefit for local producers and importantly create jobs in food manufacturing,” said Cardone.
“Our joining of forces has the potential to produce food sustainability for the Australian population and help the planet lower its emissions by consuming less meat. Currently a staggering 80 per cent of frozen vegan meals in supermarkets are imported.
“A focus on local produce creates an exciting opportunity to partner with local growers to ensure that our products are sustainable and not imported where possible.”
The collaboration marks an exciting new era for Cucina Classica whose footprint in the distribution of ready-made meals, pastas, cakes, and pastries, gelati, coffee, pizza and breads are rapidly increasing through national retailers such as IGA, Coles, Woolworths, Foodland and Drakes supermarkets.
“This partnership is a natural evolution for Cucina Classica, a brand that was born out of South Australia’s Cibo Ristorante & Pasticceria,” said Cardone.
“We are now firmly focused on creating authentic Italian food and coffee experiences in the homes of everyday Australians.
“With increasingly more Australians moving towards meat free eating and exploring ‘meat-free’ eating days, we anticipate the Modern Meat offerings to be popular beyond the vegan and vegetarian markets. Cucina Classica is passionate about being a market leader in the sustainable space.”