Nature's Fynd expands into retail across the US

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Nature’s Fynd Expands Retail Distribution, Bringing its Revolutionary Fungi Protein to More Tables

Chicago-based Nature’s Fynd announces new retail distribution expansions for its alt meat and dairy products made with fermented proteins from fungi.  After launching regionally a year ago, Nature’s Fynd Meatless Original Breakfast Patties will now be on the shelves of 400 Whole Foods Markets stores across the US.   Additionally, the company’s Dairy-Free Cream Cheese, in Original and Chive & Onion flavors, is launching in all Fresh Thyme Market locations — a full-service specialty retailer with 70 stores in ten states across the Midwest. Cutting edge of alt protein Nature’s Fynd has raised $500 million to date, including a $4.76 mil­lion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At the cutting edge of the alt protein food tech revolution, Nature’s Fynd produces fermented fungi proteins from a microbe originating in the geothermal …

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JULIENNE BRUNO vegan cheese range

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Ocado is First Supermarket to List JULIENNE BRUNO’s Vegan Cheese Range

London-based vegan cheese producer JULIENNE BRUNO announces that Ocado.com becomes the first supermarket to list the company’s entire vegan cheese range. Customers nationwide can now find the brand’s products at one of the world’s largest dedicated online supermarkets. Axel Katalan, a food lover passionate about recreating dairy and meat options, founded JULIENNE BRUNO in 2020. But rather than imitate or compare, the plant-based brand offers a different perspective on food, creating familiar but new products for people to enjoy.  “This is a dream come true. When we set out to build the JULIENNE BRUNO brand, Ocado Retail was on the top of our aspirational list and thus we are so proud to announce this landmark partnership with them,” commented Axel Katalan. A first choice, not an alternative …

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Albertsons Adds 12 Plant-Based Products, Including Dairy-Free Cheese and Oat Ice Cream, to Open Nature Brand

American grocery chain Albertsons announces it is expanding its private label Open Nature brand with 12 new plant-based products, ranging from shredded cheese and yogurt to oat and almond ice cream. The new offerings join Open Nature’s existing selection of plant-based foods, and are now available at Albertsons supermarkets and its banner stores, including Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco and ACME.  According to Albertsons, Open Nature provides shoppers with tasty foods made with thoughtfully chosen ingredients that don’t contain unnecessary additives. The new plant-based additions include:  Dairy-Free Coconut Yogurt in Vanilla, Strawberry, Raspberry and Mango flavors. Non-Dairy Cream Cheese in Original and Chives & Onion. Non-Dairy Shredded Cheese in a Mozzarella and Cheddar blend. Oat Frozen Desserts in Vanilla Bean, Peanut Butter Chocolaty Chip and Chocolaty Peanut …

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Cheese Alternatives

FÆRM: Mimicking Dairy Fermentation to Craft the Next Generation of Plant-Based Cheese

FÆRM is a Danish food tech startup using food science and traditional cheesemaking techniques to craft the next generation of plant-based cheese. The company claims its animal-free cheese is made with clean-label ingredients and boasts an authentic cheese flavor. Founded in 2020 by Andrea Donau, Mikkel Dupont, and Anna Gundorph, FÆRM has designed a new patented technology that mimics traditional dairy fermentation using rennet and cultures such as lactic acid bacteria. The technology ferments legume-based plant matrices to transform them into cheese without using additives, colorants, or flavorings.  Achieving the impossible According to FÆRM, its R&D team has accomplished a feat not many companies have been able to achieve: making soy milk coagulate like cow’s milk. “Through research, stubbornness, and countless tests, we achieved the …

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Bold Cultr, General Mills’ Animal-Free Cream Cheese Venture, Closes After Losing Funding

Animal-free cream cheese startup Bold Cultr has suddenly closed its doors, the company announced yesterday, following a “difficult” decision by parent company General Mills to deprioritize its funding.  Revealing the news to fans on social media, Bold Cultr stated it began as a unique startup launched by G-Works, General Mills’ corporate venture studio, which was created to solve food-related consumer problems through experimental innovation. According to Bold Cultr, G-Works regularly reviews its innovation portfolio to evaluate its investments, and made the decision to deprioritize the brand’s funding, leading it to close operations on February 27.  Recent partnership The company’s abrupt closure comes just over a month after announcing a collaboration with Israeli alt-dairy company Remilk. In January, the two companies unveiled a new cream cheese …

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Milk- and Dairy Alternatives

This Week in Alt Dairy News: Innovations Fuel the New Dairy Revolution

This week in alt dairy news, featuring three new innovations from Oatly, Bored Cow, and Remilk. We note Oatly’s oat-based cream cheese launch, not in Sweden but in Philadelphia, where cream cheese is said to be born; Bored Cow launches Bored Cow Original, “the first milk alternative to do it all”; and Remilk’s whey proteins receive safety approval in important and dynamic markets. Dear readers, animal-free dairy is here to stay.  Oatly’s new Philadelphia style cream cheese Oatly has announced a limited release of its newest innovation, an oat-based cream cheese developed by Oatly’s Philadelphia-based food scientists, in the style of the famous Philadelphia spread. The new plant-based cream cheese will launch exclusively in “Philly” before it’s released to the U.S. market later this year. …

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Europe’s SimplyV Launching First Plant-Based Cream Cheese Bar in US

European brand SimplyV announces it is expanding its popular plant-based cream cheese to the US market, via distributor Franklin Foods. Made from almonds, Franklin says the chef-tested product offers the same taste and texture as dairy cream cheese, and will roll out to food service and retailers in March 2023.  According to SimplyV, its plant-based cream cheese has been a market leader in Europe for the past five years, and this is the first time the product will be available to US customers. The launch will include ‘the first’ dairy-free cream cheese sold in bars, in addition to tubs and single-serve cups. Simply V cream cheese is described as a versatile alternative that can be spread, whipped and used for thickening. The product is also …

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Nurishh Offering $200 in ‘Cream Cheese Credit’ For Consumers Who Switch to Animal-Free Cream Cheese

Nurishh Incredible Dairy, owned by Bel Brands USA, is offering US consumers a $200 financial credit and a chance to win a year’s supply of Nurishh Animal Free Cream Cheese for switching to its cheese. Similar to the use of ‘green’ credits for purchasing solar panels or driving electric cars, Nurishh aims to incentivize consumers to choose its more eco-friendly cream cheese, which features real dairy made without cows.  Starting today, bagel and cream cheese lovers can apply for a chance to receive $200 in cash for making the switch to Nurishh, which is the first alternative dairy brand from Bel Brands USA. Developed in partnership with alt-dairy startup Perfect Day, Nurishh Animal Free Cream Cheese offers the same taste and texture as traditional cream cheese, …

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bedda Reveals Several Exciting New Vegan Cheeses Incuding First Fermented Offering

Hanburg’s multi-award winning bedda brand, producer of plant-based cheeses, sauces, desserts, dips and dressings, plans an upcoming launch of several new vegan cheeses including its first fermented offering. The news comes less than two months after the German company’s partnership with Dominos pizza, which now uses its vegan grated melt as a topping for the Oh Jacky jackfruit pizza, launched to coincide with Veganuary. The upcoming new products include: The first fermented product from bedda –“bedda Shepherd” — a new iteration of its shepherd’s cheese alternative. bedda “Come on Bert”, its camembert alternative, has an updated recipe and is extended by the red smear alternative Red Bert and the blue mould alternative Blue Bert. bedda “Mo Zart” is its mozzarella alternative, a soft, mildly acidic …

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Meet Modern Kitchen: “Uncompromising” Animal-Free Cream Cheese With Real Dairy Ingredients

While plant-based cream cheese products continue to grow in size and diversity, Modern Kitchen is bringing something entirely new to the market: a non-animal cream cheese made with real dairy ingredients.  Using Perfect Day’s animal-free whey protein, Modern Kitchen says it is taking a modern food tech approach to reinvent traditional foods without compromising on taste. By utilizing Perfect Day’s revolutionary protein, made with precision fermentation, the brand says its products reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 97% when compared to conventional dairy.  First launched in 2022, Modern Kitchen sells a full lineup of lactose-free cream cheeses in several flavors, including a newly added “Plain” variety. Last year, the brand debuted in regional US grocery chains Harris Teeter and Market Basket.   Made with a …

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General Mills Launches Bold Cultr Cream Cheese Made with Remilk Animal-Free Dairy

Alt-dairy startup Remilk announces global food giant General Mills is launching Bold Cultr Cream Cheese made with Remilk’s animal-free protein. Now available in the state of Minnesota, with wider distribution planned, the product marks Remilk’s first commercial collaboration.  Described as a lactose-free, next-gen cream cheese alternative, Bold Cultr features Remilk’s dairy-identical proteins produced through precision fermentation. The cream cheese, currently available in a Plain variety, also prominently displays Remilk’s logo on its packaging.  According to Remilk, this is the first of three cream cheeses the company will be launching, with new flavors such as Onion & Chive and Strawberry also in the works, reports CTech.  “We provide raw material that allows companies to produce a product with the same taste and texture, and it will …

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Target Launching New Tabitha Brown Food Collection Featuring 40 Vegan Products

US retail chain Target announces it is partnering with superstar influencer Tabitha Brown to launch the Tabitha Brown for Target Vegan Food and Kitchen Collection. The limited-time collection features nearly 100 items covering grocery, tableware, linens, food storage and cookware. Debuting January 8th, Brown’s vegan grocery range includes 40 different selections of plant-based meats, spreads, pasta, snacks and more. The extensive collection includes: BBQ Seasoned Patties Garlic Plant-Based Patties Plant-Based Sausage with Mushrooms Sausage w/ Jalapeño & Cilantro Sausage w/ Mango, Basil & Cilantro  Strawberry Cream Cheese Caramelized Onion Cream Cheese  Garlic Cream Cheese Cilantro Lime Aioli  Spicy Cilantro Garlic Spread Truffle Garlic Spread Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Organic Popcorn  Vegan Potato Salad Garlic Pasta Salad Vegan Pizza Ravioli  Polenta & Wild Mushroom Ravioli Vegan …

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Kraft Heinz Vegan Cream Cheese

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Kraft Heinz Launches Philadelphia Plant-Based Cream Cheese in US

Kraft Heinz announces it is launching a plant-based version of its iconic Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Now available at select retailers in the US Southeast, including Atlanta, Houston and Miami, the company is planning more flavors ahead of a national rollout in Summer 2023. The new plant-based cheese is made from a base of coconut oil and faba bean protein, and comes in the brand’s original beloved cream cheese flavor.  According to the company, the product is free from dairy, lactose and gluten, with no added flavors or dyes. Robert Scott, President of R&D at Kraft Heinz, says the company spent two years developing the new recipe, and they focused primarily on ensuring the product could spread easily on a warm bagel or waffle, and provide …

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Kraft Heinz Releases 2022 “Together at the Table” Report Highlighting the Company’s Plant-Based Progress

Kraft Heinz has released its 2022 Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Report, outlining the company’s progress toward ESG priorities during the 2021 calendar year. Titled “Together at the Table,” the report highlights Kraft Heinz’s increased investments in plant-based foods, including its recent launch of dairy-free Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  Since 2021, Kraft Heinz has continued to increase its number of plant-based offerings, ranging from three varieties of Heinz Beanz Burgerz and vegan mayonnaise to plant-based Heinz Salad Cream and Kraft Mac and Cheese.  This month, the company appears to have released a dairy-free version of its famed Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese in select markets in the US and UK, including Kroger and Tesco. Shoppers on social media have been posting sightings of the new cream cheese, which …

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Nature’s Fynd Launches Dairy-Free Cream Cheese into US Sprouts Nationwide

Nature’s Fynd, a food tech company making meat and dairy alternatives with fungi-based Fy™ protein, announces its Dairy-Free Cream Cheese is now available at Sprouts Farmers Markets across the US.  Made with Fy, a fungi protein grown using Fynd’s novel fermentation technology, the new cream cheese compares to traditional cream cheese in taste and spreadability, says the brand. It can also be substituted in nearly any recipe calling for cream cheese ingredients. Available in Original and Chive & Onion flavors, each 8 oz tub retails for $4.99 and can be found in Sprout’s refrigerated sections.  Fynd’s notes its Dairy-Free Cream Cheese is fully vegan, nut-free, soy-free and contains no artificial flavors or preservatives.  Volcanic protein Fy protein is a nutritious and highly sustainable ingredient originally …

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