Nestlé said that Wunda has been created using yellow peas from France and Belgium.

The newly launched offering is high in fibre and low sugar and fat content. It features calcium and vitamin D, B2 and B12.

It is claimed to offer better nutritional value compared to similar plant-based beverages available in the market.

Nestlé chief technology officer Stefan Palzer said: “This truly versatile, delicious pea-based beverage is an excellent source of protein and fibre. Its great neutral taste, the ability to use it for different applications and the fact that it is carbon neutral make it an ideal plant-based alternative to milk.

“Our young intrapreneurs created this great product based on their own consumer needs by leveraging our longstanding expertise in plant-proteins and dairy.”

Wunda will be marketed in three varieties including original, unsweetened, and chocolate.

It will be initially launched in France, the Netherlands and Portugal.

Originally, Wunda was part of Nestlé’s R&D Accelerator initiative, but later Nestlé ‘intrapreneurs’ scaled up this pea-based beverage within a span of just six months.

Nestlé said that Wunda beverages are carbon neutral and is certified by the Carbon Trust, which was achieved through several measures along the supply chain such as using renewable energy in production.

Nestlé Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA) Dairy head Cédric Boehm said: “There is a quiet food revolution underway that is changing how people eat. In Europe, at least four in ten shoppers are already choosing some dairy alternatives.

“People are asking for better plant-based drinks that are nutritious, versatile and taste great. We have the expertise in plant-based and experience in dairy to be at the forefront of this shift and we’re sure people will be convinced by Wunda.”