Is your cheese vegan?
Yes! Our dairy cheese is 100% animal-free.
How can your cheese contain dairy, but also be animal-free?
Thanks to the wonders of precision fermentation! Instead of using a cow to produce the casein proteins that are vital to making cheese, we get mighty microorganisms involved in a fermentation process. This lets us make those same casein proteins, without involving any animals. This is a food technology that’s been around since the 1990s, and is actually a method that’s already used in dairy cheesemaking.
Wait, why are casein proteins important?
Through the cheesemaking process, the casein protein found in milk transforms into curds, which are then turned into cheese. No casein, no curds, no cheese. By teaching our microorganisms to produce these proteins, we can make real dairy cheese without involving a single animal.
So what exactly is precision fermentation?
In a typical “uninstructed” fermentation process, microorganisms produce a whole range of ingredients and compounds as they break down the sugars around them, such as alcohols, acids, or flavors. Precision fermentation, on the other hand, is a type of “instructed” fermentation where microorganisms are told to produce a specific ingredient. In our case, that ingredient is casein, the start of the cheesemaking show.
Does your cheese contain lactose? Cholesterol?
No. There’s no lactose or cholesterol in our cheese, because it doesn’t come from animals. So if you’re lactose intolerant or avoiding cholesterol, we’ve got great news: you can eat as much of our animal-free dairy cheese as you like. Want more great news? No trace hormones or antibiotics, either.
Does your cheese contain GMOs?
Our cheese is 100% free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). While we do use genetic modification to teach our microorganisms to make casein proteins (check out the answers above for more details), these are all removed before we make our cheese.
Does your cheese melt and stretch just like the kind I know and love?
Yes and YES. We challenge you to tell the difference!
When can I try your cheese?
It’s coming soon! Sign up to join the waitlist on our homepage.
Are you hiring?
Yes. We’re always on the lookout for talented people to join us on our mission of making the delicious, sustainable future of dairy cheese. For details, check out our Careers page.