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Nestle SA is adding its first vegan milk chocolate to its products as the world’s biggest food company expands beyond meat alternativ­es. The Swiss food giant will start offering plant-based Kitkat bars this year, called Kitkat V, according to Alexander von Maillot, head of Nestle’s confection­ery business. The product will be for sale online and at selected stores in a handful of markets including the u.k. as a test run before a possible wider rollout. The bar, which uses a rice-based formula as a milk substitute, took about two years to develop. The main challenge in making alternativ­es to milk chocolate is ensuring it blends well with cocoa and sugar for a creamy texture. Other substitute­s, such as soy or almond formulas, can create off-notes, von Maillot said.

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