New Roots Soft White cheese

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Cheese Alternatives

What’s More Sustainable, Dairy From the Cashew or the Cow?

Much has been said around the issue of sustainability in plant milks, with almond milk in particular having notoriety and receiving a plethora of bad press including a well-documented Guardian piece from 2020. However, almond is said to cause the least C02 emissions. It’s a complicated issue. Those milks seen as more beneficial, or indeed least detrimental to the environment, include soy, oat, and pea. But what about the cashew? Highly nutritious despite their high calorie content, this drupe (a stone fruit) offers a good source of magnesium as well as the amino acid tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin. In terms of sustainability, the cashew requires little water usage and emits fewer greenhouse gases than some other alternatives. Also, their surrounding fruit can be upcycled …


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Food & Beverage

Rhode Island: Former Beef Producer Launches ‘Plants to Food’ Plant-Based Manufacturing Hub

This summer, entrepreneur Scott Lively opened Plants to Food, a new co-manufacturing facility in Lincoln, RI, that is devoted to producing a variety of meat- and dairy-free packaged foods.  What makes Plants to Food unusual is Lively’s background – two decades ago, Lively founded Dakota Beef, one of America’s largest grass-fed beef producers. He’s also written a book on the cattle business entitled “For the Love of Beef” and blogged extensively on the topic as “The Beef Geek.” Yet, Lively eventually underwent a change in lifestyle and now considers himself a flexitarian. By opening Plants to Food, Lively intends to make the facility a leader in US plant-based food manufacturing, reports Rhode Island Monthly. Cheese and more In addition to its in-house brands Happyist cheese …


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Cashew Milk to Represent $207.7M of Plant-Based Milk Market by End of 2022

Cashew milk products are becoming more popular globally, attracting consumer appeal due to its low sugar and fat content. North America held a commanding 40% share in 2021 and the Chinese market is also increasing. According to a recent report, the cashew milk market is set to grow at a CAGR of 6.3% between now and 2033 and is estimated to acquire approximately $207.7  million of the entire plant-based milk market by the end of this year. Hypermarkets and supermarkets are expected to contribute a significant revenue share and ecommerce is set to continue its growth worldwide. Demand for frozen desserts is also driving the cashew milk market, as non-dairy products continue to be added to the portfolios of value chain stakeholders. Alpro offers a …


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Food & Beverage

Forager Project Debuts First Line of Organic Kids Dairy-Free Yogurts

Forager Project, an organic plant-based creamery, announces the launch of Organic Kids Cashewmilk Yogurt, the brand’s first kids-specific product line. Made for children three and up, the yogurt pouches are now available nationwide in the US at Whole Foods Markets, and will soon debut at Fresh Thyme, Mom’s, Central Market and additional stores.  Kid-approved yogurts Created specifically for kids, the Dairy-Free Kids Yogurt comes in three flavors and each pouch is filled with probiotics, calcium and Vitamins A, D and B12. There are currently minimal vegan snacks made especially for children, Forager states, and the new products provide parents a welcome, healthy option that can be enjoyed anytime.  The new flavors include: Berry Berry – Fruity and flavorful with tastes of blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry …


ilo cashew puddings

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Products & Launches

Finnish Brand Ilo Launches “Category First” Clean-Label Cashew Puddings

Finnish alt-dairy brand Ilo, best known for its vegan cheeses, has introduced a new line of creamy cashew puddings. Jokilaakson Juusto Ltd, which owns the brand, says the clean-label products are a first for the plant-based pudding category. The cashew puddings are available in two flavours — Chocolate and Salted Caramel. They contain minimal ingredients and are free of artificial flavours and preservatives. “Our mission is to realize the full potential of plant–based food, and all of our innovation is based on this principle,” said Esa Luomanperä, CEO and founder of Jokilaakson Juusto. Cashews in plant-based products Due to their creamy texture, cashews are increasingly being used in dairy-free products — they are particularly well-suited to vegan cheeses and yogurts. The nuts are also used …


BBQ sandwich with cashew fruit meat

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Products & Launches

Cajú Love: Upcycled Cashew Meat That Cooks Like Chicken, Pork, Tuna or Ground Meat

Cajú Love introduces the first ever cashew fruit meat, created by upcycling the millions of fruits discarded by the cashew nut and cashew juice industries every year. The Hawaiian startup says that the highly nutritious fruit is naturally meaty cooks just like chicken, pork, tuna or ground meat. Founders Alana and Felipe, first generation immigrants from Brazil and Colombia, began to explore the idea of diverting biowaste, using cashew fruit fibers to create a plant-based meat, and found the fruit to be an incredibly sustainable resource; since it is a by-product, cashew fruit meat does not require additional water or land for production. Additionally, the cashew “apple” offers huge health benefits: it is rich in fat, fiber, minerals, protein, tannins, and vitamin C. Cashew apples …


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Investments & Finance

Dutch Plant Based Cheese Producer Willicroft Receives Investment From Vegan VC Firm Capital V

Capital V, the VC firm founded by prolific vegan investor Michiel van Deursen, announces it has funded the Amsterdam based craft cheese producer Willicroft, marking the first investment in the alternative cheese category for Capital V. Founded in 2018 by Brad Vanstone, who was born into a family of UK dairy farmers, the brand’s This is Not Cheese range has more than doubled yearly. After successful rollouts into the Netherlands and Belgium in 2020, Willicroft expanded the range into the UK the following October. The cheeses are currently made with cashews, though the brand is experimenting with other local ingredients that will change the footprint and taste of the product range. Sustainable production Speaking to vegconomist last November, Vanstone explained: “The reason plant-based producers use …


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Canada’s Plant Veda Creates “Revolutionary” Vegan Products Like This Creamy Priobiotic Lassi

Canada’s Plant Veda says is creating products that are one of a kind and first-to-market. With its unique products such as vegan probiotic lassi, cashew creamer and cashew beverage blended with saffron and cardamon, Plant Veda focuses on creating alternatives even better than the original in taste and health benefits. “What we decided to do is create a revolutionary product that’s a healthy blend of multiple ingredients” Plant Veda has formulated its dairy-free cashew milks to include unique ingredients such as pistachio and saffron. The line of products, from the lassi range to creamers, were created in order to stand out in an increasingly crowded space as well as offer new varieties to consumers in Canada. In 2019 the brand received VegExpo’s Product of the …


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Products & Launches

Forager Project Debuts Range of Cheeses Created With Priobiotic Cashew Yogurt

Forager Project, a family-run plant-based food company, has recently launched a range of organic, plant-based cheeses. The California brand, which entered into a partnership with Danone’s venture arm Danone Manifesto Ventures in 2019, has created the vegan cheeses in a unique way using its probiotic cashew yoghurt as a base.