This Dairy Company Just Launched a Plant-Based Cheese Division
Dairy cheesemaker Whitehall Specialties just launched a new division, NewFields, that focuses exclusively on plant-based products! The 30-year-old dairy producer introduced the new division at a trade show in Las Vegas, revealing that NewFields will make vegan cheeses, including cheddar, Gouda, mozzarella, and Parmesan, from natural plant-protein sources.
Whitehall Specialties CEO Steve Snyder told DairyReporter:
The whole industry sees this trend. But the reason we’re better suited to address this trend is because our history and our capabilities as a company have to do with formulating cheese from various ingredients, including plant-based ingredients.
NewFields will produce its own shreddable and meltable cheese while co-manufacturing plant-based cheeses with other growing brands. Snyder went on to say:
It points to this being an ongoing trend and not just a fad. Because of that, we’re willing to make a significant capital investment to expand our capacity and our facility. Companies either don’t have the capacity or they don’t want to dedicate the capacity, and we’re just the opposite.
NewFields will certainly have some stiff competition as vegan products grow in popularity and demand for innovative, delicious plant-based cheese increases. For example, four-year-old plant-based company New Roots, headquartered in the Swiss Alps, makes traditional cheeses using cashew milk. The company supplies around 80 tons of vegan Camembert, cream cheese, and other products, all made by adding probiotic cultures for fermentation.
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In the United States, Miyoko’s Creamery, maker of exceptional vegan cheeses and butter, supplies around 12,000 stores, while Canada’s Daiya Foods recently joined forces with fast-casual chain Fatburger to add cheddar slices to its plant-based Impossible Burger!