Vegan SPAM? Filipinos soon able to take a bite of this plant-based “luncheon meat”

Your childhood fave gets a Vegan update.

Vegan SPAM? Filipinos soon able to take a bite of this plant-based "luncheon meat"

Look, MaLing and SPAM – for all the excess sodium they stuffed in my body – are irreplaceable snacks and go-to ulam. There wasn’t one morning where you wake up not wanting a slice (or two!) of this absolute childhood favorite. For this writer, that’s still a thing.

For those of you who grew up to be Vegans, there’s hope. Omnifoods announced last week its latest addition to plant-based meat substitutes. Called the Omnipork Luncheon, the new food item seems to directly sub SPAM, what with its unmistakably SPAM-like shape. Today, Yummy confirms that the product – in fact – will hit our archipelago, sometime in Q3 of this year.

Omnifoods’ claims for the Omnipork Luncheon are, at the very least, head-turning. It’s said to be 49% lower in fat and 62% lower in sodium compared to SPAM and other pork-based canned goods. It’s also supposed to be cholesterol-free and has zero carcinogenic nitrates.

Carried by Prime Pacific Foods – the same company behind Beyond Meat – the jury is out whether Filipinos will turn to this supposedly healthier and more sustainable SPAM alternative.