IKEA’s Swedish meatballs are a staple of the retailer’s in-store menu, but if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, forget about indulging in the tasty treat—at least until 2020. The build-it-yourself-with-a-hex-wrench fab furniture store recently announced it’s developing a plant-based protein alternative option.

Even though IKEA already serves up veggie balls as a meat-free option, the in-development version will look and taste like meat. Think Impossible Burger in a Swedish meatball form.

Not only are the new in-the-works meatless meatballs perfect for vegetarians, but the plant-based protein is also a sustainable food choice that’s good for the planet too! Michael La Cour Managing Director at IKEA Food Services AB, said in a press statement, “We see a growing demand from our customers to have access to more sustainable food options and we want to meet that need. Our ambition is to make healthier and more sustainable eating easy, desirable and affordable, without compromising on taste and texture.”

So when will IKEA make the plant-based protein meatballs available to the public? According to the retailer, the company will start testing the product early next year. But if you’re all in for a Swedish meal, and need something to dip into your lingonberry sauce, you can always try the veggie balls and dogs.

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Photos: Courtesy of IKEA

 

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