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Conscious Cultures Raises $1.5M & Rebrands to ‘Bandit’ as it Pushes Boundaries for Vegan Cheese

Plant-based foods company Conscious Cultures announces it has raised $1.5M in seed funding as it officially rebrands to Bandit. The round was led by venture capital firm Prime Movers Lab, and the funds will be used to continue scaling production and expand Bandit’s fan base. Bandit produces artisan dairy-free cheeses made primarily from cashews and coconut, including Fresh Mozz (mozzarella), Philly Spread (cream cheese), and Fruit ‘n Nut (cranberry goat cheese.) It also produces a line of signature varieties such as Maverick (a cave-aged double cream bloomy rind) and Barn Cat (a cave-aged, vegetable ash ripened cheese with an ash inlay.) Best tasting “The Bandit team is pushing the boundaries of cultured, plant-based milks, producing the most compelling vegan cheeses on the market. We have …

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Ilchester Vegan Melting Mature

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Ilchester Vegan Melting Mature Wins Dairy-Free Category at International Cheese Awards

Norseland, the UK’s top blended cheese supplier, has won gold at the International Cheese Awards for its popular product Ilchester Vegan Melting Mature. The plant-based cheese, described by the Independent as “the best vegan melting cheeze on the market”, took first place in the Dairy-Free Cheese Alternative category. Ilchester said the product’s “meltability”, a property often lacking in vegan cheeses, had made it popular with flexitarians as well as plant-based eaters. “This is the first award for Ilchester’s first-ever plant-based cheeze, and what an award to win!” said Lisa Harrison, Marketing Manager for Ilchester and Applewood. “The International Cheese Awards 2022 are highly respected in the industry and across the world, and the competition is always very tough, so I am really thrilled that the …

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Max & Bien cheese

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Dutch Alt Cheese Brand Max & Bien to Cooperate With Dairy Company Vandersterre

Vandersterre, a dairy cheese business that specialises in Dutch cheeses and sells in 80 + countries internationally, announces a cooperation with Amsterdam-based plant-based cheese brand Max & Bien. The cooperation allows Max & Bien wider marketing opportunities and gives consumers access to its vegan cheeses both in the Netherlands and internationally. Vandersterre says that with the partnership it will meet a growing demand in the dairy category and aims to further stimulate the production and sales of Max & Bien products.   Known for launching what it claims to be the world’s first fully vegan Gouda-style cheese wheel last year, Max & Bien is owned and operated by chef Maxine Agyeman and Jobien Groen, a scientific researcher in the field of nutrition and health. ”With …

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watermelon seed-based vegan cheeses

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Katharos Launches First-of-a-Kind Watermelon Seed-Based Vegan Cheeses

Indian brand Katharos has launched two new watermelon seed-based vegan cheeses. The cheddar and mozzarella blocks are said to be the first of their kind worldwide. To make the cheeses, watermelon seeds are combined with other ingredients such as coconut oil, nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, and carrageenan. According to Katharos, the cheddar and mozzarella can be grated and have excellent melting properties. The new products add to Katharos’ existing range of nut-based cheeses, which include almond-based feta and cashew-based cheese sauce. Alt-dairy in India While vegetarian diets have long been common in India for religious reasons, dairy products are a huge part of the country’s traditional diet. However, veganism is now on the rise there, leading to the launch of alt-dairy brands such as …

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Veg Capital Invests in Novel UK Plant-Based Cheese Brand Honestly Tasty

Veg Capital, the UK vegan investment fund, is leading the latest funding round into vegan cheese company Honestly Tasty. The new investment round will support the scale-up of the novel plant-based cheese brand, with Veg Capital leading with a £250k investment.  Founded by brother and sister duo Mike and Beth Moore, Honestly Tasty uses traditional fermentation techniques in its state-of-the-art production facilities in North London. It creates UK favorites like Shamembert and Veganzola which the company claims are highly authentic and satisfy even the most die-hard dairy lovers. Veg Capital, whose portfolio includes UK category leaders such as VFC, Clive’s Pies, and Plant Alternative, leads the round to enable the acceleration of Honestly Tasty’s NPD pipeline, including a cultured hard cheddar, smoked cheese, and Stilton …

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Canadian Dairy Giant Saputo Launches Vitalite Cheese

Montreal-based Saputo Dairy, one of the top ten dairy producers in the world, founded in 1954 by the billionaire Saputo family, announces a line of vegan-certified cheeses in a campaign fronted by actress Laura Prepon of hit TV series Orange is the New Black. Saputo reported revenues of 14.29 billion CAD in 2021 and its US subsidiary Saputo Dairy USA counts brands such as Black Creek, Frigo, and Dairystar amongst its portfolio. In 2019 Saputo acquired the UK’s Dairy Crest, owner of household dairy brands such as Cathedral City, Country Life, Clover and Frylight. And last year the company announced the strategic acquisition of vegan cheesemaker Bute Island Foods, a Scottish producer of the award-winning vegan Sheese range operational for over three decades in the …

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Margaret Coons, Nuts For Cheese

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Nuts For Cheese Raises $5.35M for Expansion of Cashew-Based Artisan Cheese

Canada’s Nuts For Cheese, manufacturer of fermented cashew-based cheeses and butters, today announces it has closed a $5.35 million funding round led by Forage Capital Partners The investment will go towards equipment and facility enhancements, key hires, innovation and marketing initiatives. The company will also be implementing a board of directors led by Mike Fata as Chairman of the Board. Says Jim Taylor, Partner at Forage: “Forage is really excited to invest in a leading vegan cheese company that provides consumers with a real food alternative to traditional cheeses.”  Founded in 2015 by vegan chef Margaret Coons, who initially sold the cheeses in farmers’ markets, the brand expanded into more than 1,900 retail outlets in Canada and entered the US with vendors including Whole Foods …

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Stockeld Dreamery cream cheese

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Stockeld Dreamery Launches Spread to “Replace Dairy Cream Cheese”

Swedish alt-dairy brand Stockeld Dreamery has developed Stockeld Spread, a cream cheese alternative made from fermented chickpeas and lentils. The launch follows over two years of product development. Stockeld has faced some challenges along the way — at one point, one of the key ingredients in the spread was not approved by the EU. At first, it seemed as though the product development had hit a dead end, but the company found an alternative pathway and was ready to launch the cheese a few months later. “The best cream cheese I’ve ever tasted” Stockeld had started out with the ambitious goal of making a product that would convince foodservice outlets to switch away from conventional cream cheese. This goal may not have been entirely unrealistic …

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GOODLES Pasta

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Gal Gadot’s GOODLES Mac and Cheese Launches First Dairy-Free Flavor

GOODLES, a healthier mac and cheese brand co-created by Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot, is releasing its first plant-based flavor, Vegan is Believin’. Available online starting June 28, the new product features a lineup of 21 plant-based nutrients extracted from ingredients like chickpeas, mushrooms and kale, reports VegNews.  Flavor and nutrition Gadot co-launched GOODLES in 2021 to innovate conventional mac and cheese products with healthier ingredients. The upcoming Vegan is Believin’ flavor, which features spiral noodles in a white cheddar sauce, will incorporate GOODLES’ proprietary pasta formula. According to the brand, the new offering provides plenty of protein.  “Vegan Is Believin’ Mac and Cheese has the same 21 micronutrients as GOODLES dairy-based flavors, and it still packs a punch of protein, with 13 grams …

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Violife Le Rond Camembert

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Violife: “Continuing to Develop Flavors and Formats That Are First-of-their Kind in the Plant-Based Cheese Space”

Violife became part of the Upfield portfolio following the acquisition of Arivia in 2020, creating the largest plant-based consumer food products company in the world. Violife cheeses are available in more than 50 countries and are most widely available in the UK, US, and mainland Europe. We spoke with General Manager Andy Reichgut, who is responsible for building business in US retail and food service channels. Reichgut is a leader in the CPG industry joining Violife from Veggies Made Great®, bringing over twenty years of brand management experience from Mars, Reckitt Benckiser, and Pinnacle Foods.   What is the origin of Violife’s story and how has the brand evolved over the years? Violife was created as a dairy-free alternative to cheese by three friends in Greece …

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Honestly Tasty cheese

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Honestly Tasty Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Multi-Award-Winning Vegan Cheese

UK vegan cheese brand Honestly Tasty has begun a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. Just a few days in, the company has already raised over 80% of its £450,000 target. To make its cheeses, Honestly Tasty uses a novel technique that combines starch and hydrocolloid technology with traditional cheese-making techniques. Some of the company’s cheeses are aged for several weeks, giving them similar flavours, textures, and melting properties to dairy cheese. Currently, Honestly Tasty offers five different cheeses — Veganzola, Shamembert, Bree, Ched Spread, and Herbi (a Boursin alternative). The cheeses have won multiple awards, including Best Cheese Alternative for Veganzola at the World Plant-Based Taste Awards. Honestly Tasty already has over 11,000 DTC customers and supplies more than 75 businesses, as well as various Michelin-star …

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Daiya grilling cheeze & feta

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Daiya Launches Oat-Based Grilling Cheeze and Feta Blocks

Plant-based cheese brand Daiya has added two new Mediterranean-inspired varieties, the Grilling Cheeze and Feta Style blocks, to its US range. Inspired by halloumi, the Grilling Cheeze is said to be the first of its kind to be made with oats and chickpeas. The cheeze maintains its shape when grilled or fried, achieving a golden crust while remaining soft inside. It can be used in wraps, salads, sandwiches, and more. The Feta Style block is made with oats and olive oil. It crumbles easily and can be used in both hot and cold dishes, including pastas, pizzas, and bruschetta. “The chance to once again gather with family and friends to reconnect over our favorite foods this summer provides the perfect opportunity to awaken new and …

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change your cheese campaign

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Consumers Unaware that Dairy Cheese is Major Cause of Carbon Emissions, According to New Report 

A new study finds that switching to plant-based cheese could cut consumers’ associated climate impact in half, with dairy cheese production found to be one of the largest greenhouse gas generators in the world. The research also revealed that 23% of US adults still do not understand how greenhouse gas emissions and food production are linked.  The study, conducted by Talker Research, consisted of a life cycle evaluation used to determine the environmental impacts of dairy cheese, with the results showing how consumers could lower their associated climate impact by at least 50 percent by opting for alt dairy, highlighting World Economic Forum research that found dairy cheese to be even more carbon-intensive than chicken, pork, or eggs. The findings also revealed that while many …

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Willicroft Secures €2M to Spread Sustainable Bean-Based Cheese Across Europe

Popular Netherlands alt cheese startup Willicroft announces today it has raised €2 million to fuel growth in the UK, Germany and the Nordics. Willicroft is environmentally focused and previously altered its recipes to a legume base for increased sustainability. The pre-seed round was led by Rockstart, Paulig’s venture arm PINC, Döhler and Feast Ventures as co-investors. The brand was previously backed by Capital V, the VC firm founded by prolific vegan investor Michiel van Deursen. A planet-forward success story Based in Amsterdam, Wllicroft was originally founded as a dairy farm in the UK in 1957 and relaunched in its present form as a plant-based cheese company in Amsterdam in 2018, going on to become the first plant-based cheese company to become BCorp in Europe. After …

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Margaret Coons, Nuts For Cheese

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Nuts for Cheese: “Within One Year of Market Entry We Gained National Distribution With Products in 45 States”

Nuts for Cheese started life as a plant-based cheese brand when founder and CEO Margaret Coons was working as a vegan chef and used the kitchen after hours to create her own original dairy-free cheese recipes. Nuts For Cheese makes a premium, organic line of indulgent cashew cheeses, and has gone from strength to strength, recently reporting that it has seen 50% year-over-year sales growth as it increases distribution across the US. We were excited to chat with Margaret about her artisan cheeses, their rapid growth and her plans for the future.  What is the origin story of Nuts for Cheese? I started Nuts For Cheese while working as a vegan chef and introducing a plant-based cheese board to the menu. It quickly became one of our …

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