Ikea Plans to Serve Vegetarian Meatballs

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The new meatballs roll out next year. Photo: MARCEL ANTONISSE/AFP/Getty Images

Following its dark horse meatball days of 2012-13 and its subsequent announcement of "farm to fork" traceability standards, Ikea says it'll roll out brand-new vegetarian (but not vegan) meatballs next year to offset the hefty carbon footprint of its regular Swedish meatballs, which are made from beef and pork. "A chicken meatball and a veggie ball are under development and will complement our [standard] meatball offer next year," a company spokesperson told the Telegraph. In addition to their sustainability factor, the new varieties speak to the overall enduring power of the Ikea meatball including, apparently, the equine kind. "We had people begging us to put them back on the menu whatever was in them," an executive said. [Telegraph UK, Related]