Max&Bien plant-based gouda range

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Cheese Alternatives

Max&Bien Relaunches Plant-Based Gouda Range With New Flavour

Amsterdam-based vegan cheese producer Max&Bien has launched a new and improved version of its plant-based gouda range. The range features a new flavour — Tomato & Olive — alongside previous flavours Truffle and Herbs & Garlic. The structure is said to have been improved to make it smoother and finer, and the company has also switched to local ingredients to make the cheeses more sustainable. “This new taste with sun-ripened tomatoes and mild olives creates a true Mediterranean taste explosion,” says co-founder and culinary chef Maxine Agyeman. World-first Max&Bien is said to have been the first company worldwide to develop plant-based gouda wheels. The brand launched at major Dutch supermarket Jumbo in November, stocked alongside conventional cheese; the price is also comparable to dairy-based gouda. …




Products & Launches

GOOD PLANeT Foods Expands Cheese Portfolio with Plant-Based Snack Packs

Dairy-free cheese brand GOOD PLANeT Foods announces it is launching innovative new Snack Packs with plant-based cheese, fruit and nuts. Featuring two flavors, the Snack Packs will debut online and in grocery stores in October.  Made with clean ingredients such as coconut oil and plant starches, the product’s flavors include Smoked Gouda with Dried Cranberries and Almonds, and Cheddar with Dried Cranberries and Cashews. As with all GOOD PLANeT offerings, the Snack Packs are non-GMO and allergen-friendly, with no gluten, soy, or lactose. Each pack retails for a suggested price of $1.99 each. According to GOOD PLANeT, the packs are part of the brand’s drive to increase growth in the plant-based cheese segment. Snack innovations In addition to Snack Packs, GOOD PLANeT sells a wide …


Vegan Gouda cheese

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Retail & E-Commerce

Max&Bien’s Plant-Based Gouda Cheese Launches at Jumbo

Plant-based cheese maker, Max&Bien, announces its Gouda-style vegan cheese will be available at most Jumbo supermarkets and Jumbo Online from October 3rd.  Max&Bien is known in the Netherlands for its cheese wheels made with fermented rice. In 2020, the brand won the public’s prize at the Vegan Cheese Awards with a blue vein cheese, and its vegetable butter was proclaimed ‘Tastiest product of the year’ at the Kweker Food pitch. The company claims its cheeses are the first to share the same shelf space as famous imported animal cheeses. The supermarket chain Jumbo, which owns around 670 markets in the Netherlands and Belgium, has been expanding its vegetarian and vegan offer since 2017. Operating an own-brand of plant-based products, Lekker Veggie, Jumbo is always looking …


Mr & Mrs Watson cheese wheel cut in half

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Cheese Alternatives

Mr. & Mrs. Watson to Launch Plant-Based Fermented Gouda Cheese Wheel

Dutch plant-based cheese specialist Mr. & Mrs. Watson is reported to be launching a traditional style Gouda cheese this year made from protein-rich vegan ingredients. The Amsterdam company, which combines artisan fermentation proceses with plant-based techniques, has also launched a second seed funding round.   Best known for its selection of vegan cheeses, as well as its Amsterdam-based restaurant, Mr. & Mrs. Watson says its latest plant-based gouda innovation is fermented in the traditional way and full of healthy proteins, which are extracted from fava beans in its own laboratory.   Following the success of its recent €700,000 seed funding round, Mr. & Mrs. Watson has now announced a second seed funding round for the launch of the gouda cheese in specialty stores and leading Dutch …


Nuts for Cheese Whole Foods Market

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Company News

Canada’s Nuts for Cheese Reports 50% YOY Growth as US Expansion Continues to Accelerate

Nuts for Cheese, Canada’s leading manufacturer of artisan, organic dairy-free cheese, is rapidly expanding its award-winning product line across US natural channels. Boasting double-digit sales growth, the brand also plans to release its first non-dairy cream cheese in 2022.  Nuts for Cheese sells a range of innovative and versatile cheeses that can be sliced, shredded, spread or melted. Handcrafted with traditional aging techniques, its products are made from organic cashews, coconut oil and sunflower oil. Popular varieties include:  Un-Brie-Lievable (Coconut and cashew blend) Black Garlic / Smoky Gouda (Both feature vibrant, hand-painted rinds) “Super Blue” (Marbled with spirulina)  Chipotle Cheddar (A bit spicy, infused with chipotle adobo sauce)  “Exciting” launches coming The company reports it has seen 50% year-over-year sales growth as it increases distribution …