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Former Shell Director Set to Develop Cheese Made From Upcycled Okara

A Singapore food partnership between Republic Polytechnic (RP) and Hafnium Ventures subsidiary SoiLabs is aiming to develop soy cheese made from the upcycled soy by-product okara using proprietary technology. Hafnium Ventures Hafnium Ventures and Republic Polytechnic (RP) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the former injecting US$144,000 of capital towards the initiative. Hafnium Ventures, the foodtech division of investment company Hafnium Hafaway, is the parent company of SoiLabs. Hafnium Hafaway is known for favouring startups in food technology, natural materials, and specialty chemicals sectors. According to The PEAK, when the former Shell senior executive Francis Tan launched the private equity firm Hafnium Hafaway with his co-founders in 2017, he focused on companies in the chemical sector. However, as he started to deal with …

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Vivre Vert, Owned by French Dairy Giant Savencia Group, Launches Two New Vegan Cheeses

Last October, the Savencia dairy group launched plant-based brand Vivre Vert, offering cheese, cream, yogurt and plant-based milk alternatives. This month, the brand launched plantbased spreadable cheese and mozzarella products. Both products are mainly almond-based and contain no additives or preservatives. Vivre Vert describes itself as a “participatory movement that aims to contribute to giving meaning to the food and ecological transition,” and says that it was born from “the desire of our small entrepreneurial team dedicated to plants within the Savencia Group […] to bring together, on our own scale, those who share this vision of a world more in harmony with the living. Our ambition is to open up new fields of food and ecological pleasure.” Jérôme Madoc, who is in charge of …

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Pleese Cheese Partners With Webstaurant Store for First Online Retail Launch

Pleese Cheese, makers of innovative dairy-free pizza cheese, announces the launch of its product into Webstaurant Store, an online foodservice retailer. Customers outside of the company’s distribution zones can now purchase Pleese Cheese’s “game-changing” mozzarella shreds in bulk packs. The company is also rolling out a smaller-format product for supermarkets beginning in 2023.  Through its Webstaurant partnership, co-founder Kobi Regev says restaurant owners now have a greater selection of quality dairy-free cheeses to choose from without the constraints of their distributors. According to Regev, the average restaurant is losing $3,000 a month by not offering vegan cheese options.  “Consumers don’t want soy cheese, and restaurant operators don’t want to mess around with a strange liquidy format, they want something simple, allergen friendly that tastes good …

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Global Food Company Sigma Debuts ‘Better Balance’ Plant-Based Meats and Dairy in US

Sigma, a multi-billion dollar food company with leading brands in 18 countries, announces the launch of its new plant-based brand Better Balance in the US. Featuring plant-based shreds, grounds, and dairy-free cheese, Better Balance is currently available for foodservice channels, with future plans for additional products and direct-to-consumer sales. Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Better Balance states its products focus on providing great taste, texture, nutrition and versatility. Offerings include: Shreds – Can be marinated as chicken, beef, pork, or fish. Grounds – For Bolognese pasta, plant-based meatballs, and hamburgers. Hot Dogs – Ideal for grilling and summer celebrations. Sour Cream and Cheese Sauce – For dairy-free queso and nachos. First launched in Spain and Mexico, Better Balance says its products are tailored to suit different …

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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 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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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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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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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 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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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: “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 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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