Yeast extract
is a vegetarian ingredient

Yeast extract gives a hearty and meaty taste that is very similar to that of a meat bouillon but has no meat or animal ingredients. Yeast extract is the natural ingredient that helps to balance out and bring back the aromatic tastes that are lost in the vegetarian diet, providing a savoury taste.

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As a result of its special and unique taste, yeast extract has been used as an ingredient in food products for approximately the past 50 years. However, the basic ingredient for yeast extract โ€“ which is yeast โ€“ has been used for thousands of years to make bread and beer.

Yeast extract at a glance

Combining ingredients and influencing taste is what cooking is all about. Yeast extract not only adds taste, but also brings out and balances flavours in products, just like herbs and spices do. Dishes such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Lasagne are equally popular for their unique taste โ€“ this umami taste can be provided when the ingredient yeast extract is added to foods. 

Just as we sprinkle a little grated Parmesan to round off the taste of a pasta dish, yeast extract is used to season sauces, bouillons, soups, ready meals or savoury snacks. That is why today, yeast extract is a very popular and useful ingredient in food production.  Read more