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Ikea Canada Adds Meatless 'Meatballs' To Their Iconic Menu

04/08/2015 01:47 EDT | Updated 04/08/2015 01:59 EDT
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A picture taken on November 2, 2014 in Stockholm shows a traditional Swedish dish, Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, peas, lingonberry jam and cream sauce. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Good news for Ikea loving vegetarians and vegans: the Swedish one-stop shop is now selling veggie balls in their restaurants.

The gluten-free, vegan balls will be priced at $5.99 for eight pieces and a side dish.

In a press release, Ikea executives explain that the launch of meatless-meatballs is just one of the steps the company is taking to meet larger health and sustainability goals. Since the veggie balls consist solely of vegetables, the company claims it has a smaller impact on the environment, including a reduced carbon footprint.

Ikea, which came under fire in 2013 for including trace amounts of horsemeat in their European meatballs, relaunched their classic meatball in 2014 to be hormone and antibiotic free.


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