Plant-based products

  • Food and beverage products
  • Product range


Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Technical Specification (Requirement Specifications)

Main Objective: 

The main purpose is to ensure that suppliers offer plant-based alternatives in the agreed product range, so that they can be used as an alternative to animal products.

Requirement Specification: 

Plant-based alternatives to selected animal products shall be offered in the agreed product range. The products for which alternatives are to be offered are specified by the contracting authority and are displayed in the product list (see Appendix X).

The plant-based products that are offered shall have the properties necessary to compile an adequate vegetarian diet. An “adequate vegetarian diet” is defined as a diet that is balanced in terms of protein, nutrients and energy.

Which products are plant-based should be clearly displayed in the contracting authority's electronic ordering system.

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

Suppliers shall disclose in the product list which products meet the requirements for a plant-based product.

When using the EHF directory, it shall be registerd in relation to replacement products/related products. 

When using the suppier's ordering system, the supplier must state how the plant-based products will be highlighted in the system. 

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

This requirement is relevant to agreements containing animal products. The requirement will ensure that plant-based alternatives to meat and fish are offered and that the plant-based alternatives have adequate nutritional content. There are several plant-based alternatives to dairy products and a lentil burger, for example, can replace a hamburger or a piece of pure meat.

The report from the National Nutrition Council, “Sustainable Diets – an assessment of the Norwegian dietary advice in a sustainability perspective”, has found that a diet in accordance with the recommendations of the Norwegian Directorate of Health largely coincides with a more sustainable diet. Reference is made, among other things, to the fact that reduced food loss and a more plant-based diet will help reduce the environmental impact.

Contracting authorities should inquire with users and nutritionists regarding which products there should be vegetarian alternatives for. This is because nutritional needs and taste preferences vary among the users.

The placement of vegetarian products is challenging. For example, substitutes for meatballs, vegan white drinks. Such products are often found in grocery stores. The suppliers who offer plant-based products are often different from those that offer animal products. This limits competition. This may limit the competition. Splitting up agreements gives more opportunity to participate in the competition, and it can also be a good way to get hold of good plant-based products.

Contracting authorities with their own electronic trading platform:

If the contracting authority uses its own electronic trading platform, the requirement can be combined with the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment’s (Difi's) EHF catalogue goal. In addition to adding the vegetarian alternative as a separate order line in the EHF catalogue template, it should also appear as an alternative in the “related products” field, which is displayed together with the meat products it can replace.

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Published: 11. Mar 2019, Last modified: 31. May 2019