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Vegan cheese companies — the ultimate list

Veganism is growing in popularity as more people become aware of the health benefits associated with a plant-based diet. People are switching to a way of life that forbids the use of animal products, including dairy, eggs and honey. Dairy-free options are now readily available and provide good substitutes for people who have decided to cut dairy from their diet.
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Veganism is growing in popularity as more people become aware of the health benefits associated with a plant-based diet. People are switching to a way of life that forbids the use of animal products, including dairy, eggs and honey. Dairy-free options are now readily available and provide good substitutes for people who have decided to cut dairy from their diet.

For people on vegan or dairy-free diets, finding acceptable cheese substitutes has been a particular challenge. As cheese is often a necessary part of many dishes, it can be difficult to find suitable substitutes. Fortunately, a growing number of companies now offer cheese substitutes for people on vegan or dairy-free diets.

In this article, we aim to provide a comprehensive list of companies that offer cheese substitutes. We’ll look at some of the benefits of using these cheese substitutes, as well as some ideas for using them in baking and cooking. With this knowledge, we hope to make the transition to a vegan or dairy-free diet easier and more enjoyable.

The advantages of vegan cheese replacements

When we think of cheese, it’s hard to imagine life without it. It is a common ingredient in many recipes and can add flavour and texture to almost anything. However, cheese substitutes have become increasingly popular as more people become environmentally and health conscious. Here are some reasons to make the switch:

Health benefits

The high fat content of cheese is known to cause weight gain and other health problems. Cheese substitutes, on the other hand, are often lower in fat and calories. They can also be made from nutrient- and protein-rich foods such as almonds or soya, which are better alternatives.

Reduced environmental impact

From greenhouse gas emissions to land use, the dairy industry has a huge impact on the environment. Plant-based alternatives to cheese use less land and emit fewer emissions, making them a greener option.

Ethical issues

Concerns about animal welfare in the dairy industry are widespread. By choosing plant-based cheese substitutes, you can support moral standards that put animal welfare first.

Types of vegan cheese replacements

Cheese substitutes are available in a variety of ways for those looking to reduce their dairy intake. There are several alternatives to regular cheese, ranging from nut-based cheeses to coconut oil-based cheeses. Below is an overview of the many cheese substitutes available:

Nut-based cheeses 

Two popular substitutes for traditional dairy-based cheese are cashew and almond cheese. Both products are made from nuts that have been soaked, blended and aged until they have the right texture. Their rich flavour and creamy texture make them ideal for topping sandwiches or adding to pizza. They are also a great source of protein and good fats.

Soya-based cheeses

Soya milk is the main ingredient used to make soya-based cheeses. The result is a milder tasting cheese than regular cheese, which is light and creamy. It can be melted over pasta dishes or used as shredded cheese in tacos. It’s also a fantastic source of plant-based protein!

Cheeses made from coconut oil 

These are another popular choice for vegans. Coconut oil is combined with vegetable oils, starches and other vegan ingredients such as nutritional yeast to make these cheeses. Although they tend to be higher in fat than other vegan cheeses, they still have a delicious, creamy flavour that is perfect for adding to salads or sandwiches.

Innovative vegan cheese solutions

Other inventive solutions are available if you’re looking for something really special. One example is mushroom cheese, which is made by combining mushrooms with herbs and spices until the right texture and flavour profile is achieved. If you’re looking for something with a little extra spice, it’s a great addition to grilled cheese sandwiches or macaroni dishes!

The ultimate list of vegan cheese companies

Daiya Foods

Daiya Foods is a leading plant-based food brand specialising in vegan cheese alternatives. The company offers a wide range of dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free products to suit different dietary needs and preferences. With a focus on providing delicious and allergen-free options, Daiya Foods has become a popular choice for those seeking plant-based alternatives to traditional dairy products.

The company’s product range includes a wide variety of vegan cheeses such as shreds, slices, blocks, cream cheese and cheese sticks. In addition to its cheese range, Daiya Foods also produces other plant-based products such as gluten-free pizzas, vegetable crust pizzas, flatbreads, mac & cheeze, cheezecakes, cheeze sauces and dairy-free dressings.

Daiya Foods was founded by Andre Kroecher and Greg Blake in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In 2017, the company was acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, a Japanese pharmaceutical company. While Daiya Foods is not a publicly traded company, interested investors can invest in Otsuka (OPC on the Tokyo Stock Exchange).

As a company with a strong commitment to health and sustainability, Daiya Foods continues to innovate and expand its product range to meet the growing demand for plant-based alternatives. With a passionate team of “Daiyans” who share a love of food and a commitment to creating delicious, allergen-free options, Daiya Foods is poised to remain a leader in the plant-based food industry.

Website: https://daiyafoods.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/company/daiya-foods-inc 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/daiyafoods

Country: Canada

Headquarter: Vancouver, British Columbia

Founders: Andre Kroecher and Greg Blake

Violife

Violife is a dedicated vegan company based in the beautiful surroundings of Thessaloniki, Greece. Inspired by Greek heritage, Violife offers a wide range of award-winning dairy-free cheese alternatives, including the popular Greek White Block. 

The company was founded with a mission to create great tasting food without compromise or cruelty, using only plant-based ingredients. Under the leadership of CEO Anthimos Misailidis, Violife has expanded its product portfolio and increased its presence in major supermarkets in the UK and US.

In November 2021, Upfield acquired Unilever’s manufacturing plant in Cali, Colombia, which produces Rama, Violife and Blue Band. This acquisition has further strengthened Violife’s position in the global vegan cheese alternative market.

Committed to providing delicious vegan alternatives to cheese, Violife continues to innovate and expand its product range to meet the growing demand for plant-based foods around the world.

Website: https://violifefoods.com/us/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/violife-foods 

Country: Greece

Headquarter: Thessalonica, Greece

CEO: Anthimos Misailidis

Field Roast

Field Roast is a renowned vegan food company specialising in the production of plant-based meats and cheeses. Known for its Chao Creamy Original Slices, Field Roast offers a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional dairy products, without the use of gluten or GMO ingredients. The company’s mission is to create bold, flavoursome and indulgent plant-based foods that appeal to a wide range of tastes and preferences.

Field Roast has recently expanded its product offering with the introduction of new items such as Cantina-style queso, which is now available at Sprouts stores nationwide and other regional retailers. In addition, the company’s plant-based pepperoni and signature stadium dogs can be found in popular restaurant chains such as Donatos and Wienerschnitzel.

As part of the Greenleaf Foods family, Field Roast continues to innovate and inspire growth in the plant-based food industry. With a commitment to quality and flavour, Field Roast is dedicated to making taste a reality for vegans, vegetarians and anyone who wants to enjoy delicious plant-based alternatives.

Website: https://fieldroast.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fieldroast/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FieldRoast

Country: United States

Headquarter: Seattle, Washington

Parent Company: Greenleaf Foods

Miyoko’s Creamery

Founded in 2014 by Miyoko Schinner, Miyoko’s Creamery is a leading American food producer specialising in vegan cheese and butter products. With a mission to create a more humane, just and sustainable food system, the company uses time-honored techniques and the finest ingredients to create award-winning, phenomenally vegan plant-based butters and cheeses.

Available at retailers across the US, Miyoko’s Creamery offers a wide range of vegan cheeses, including European-style cultured vegan butter, Unlox Your Dreams vegan cream cheese and liquid vegan pizza mozzarella. The company has also expanded its product range with innovative offerings such as Cinnamon Raisin Cream Cheese, vegan caramel candy in partnership with Ocho Candy, and a forthcoming vegan cottage cheese launch.

Miyoko’s Creamery is committed to being a force for good – for people, the planet and animals. They pride themselves on their artisan processes and standards, creating the world’s finest plant-based dairy products while making a positive impact on the environment and animal welfare.

Website: https://miyokos.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/miyoko’s-creamery/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiyokosCreamery 

Country: United States

Headquarter: Sonoma County, California

Founder: Miyoko Schinner

New Roots 

New Roots is a Swiss company specialising in the production of non-dairy cheeses using traditional fermentation and maturation methods. Founded in 2015 by two young vegans, Freddy Hunziker and Alice Fauconnet, the company’s mission is to create ethical and sustainable alternatives that taste even better than traditional dairy products.

The company produces its vegan cheese using homemade organic cashew milk, which contains healthy fats, proteins and vitamins. New Roots uses the same artisan fermentation and ripening techniques as traditional cheesemaking, but also incorporates vegan probiotic cultures and Himalayan salt.

Their plant-based cheese is available across Europe. Customers can find their nearest retailer or order online through the company’s website. With a commitment to providing delicious and sustainable vegan cheese options, New Roots continues to make a positive impact on the environment and the lives of animals.

Website: https://www.newroots.ch/ 

Country: Switzerland

Headquarter: Thun, Switzerland

Founders: Freddy Hunziker and Alice Fauconnet

Founded: 2015

Treeline Cheese

Treeline Cheese is a popular vegan cheese brand offering a range of dairy-free options. Founded by Michael Schwarz, the company is dedicated to providing high quality artisan cheeses made from plant-based ingredients. With a focus on sustainability and health-conscious choices, Treeline Cheese aims to reduce the negative impact of the dairy industry on the planet, human health and animals.

The company is headquartered in Kingston, New York, and has doubled its production capacity at its New York facility. Treeline Cheese products can be found in approximately 3,000 stores nationwide, making them accessible to consumers seeking dairy-free alternatives.

Driven by passion and a desire to make a positive impact on the food industry, Michael Schwarz has successfully created a brand that not only offers delicious plant-based cheese alternatives, but also encourages consumers to make compassionate choices for the betterment of the planet, human health and animal welfare.

Website: https://www.treelinecheese.com 

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/treeline-cheese/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TreelineCheese 

Country: United States

Headquarter: New York

Founder: Michael Schwarz

Tofutti 

Tofutti Brands Inc. is a US company known for its range of soy-based, dairy-free foods under the “Tofutti” brand. Founded by David Mintz, Tofutti is based in Cranford, New Jersey, and caters to the lactose-intolerant, kosher-parve, food-allergy-sensitive, vegetarian and vegan markets. The company offers a variety of products including vegan American cheese slices, mozzarella slices and ricotta. Tofutti also offers dairy-free sour cream and ice cream sandwiches known as Tofutti Cuties.

All Tofutti products contain no dairy or dairy by-products, eggs or egg derivatives. The company’s cheeses, sour creams and dips are nut-free and manufactured in nut-free facilities. However, its frozen desserts and Tofutti Cuties are made in facilities that also use peanuts and/or tree nuts. Tofutti products are also vegan and contain soy and tofu.

Tofutti has been delighting consumers with its dairy-free products since 1981. In 2022, the brand underwent a rebrand to keep up with the evolution of vegan food and appeal to a new generation of plant-based eaters, while maintaining its loyal fan base. 

Website: https://www.tofutti.com 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tofutti-brands-inc/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tofutti 

Country: United States

Headquarter: Cranford, New Jersey

Founder: David Mintz

Bute Island Foods

Bute Island Foods is a leading Scottish company specialising in the production of innovative dairy alternative cheese products. Established in 1988, the company is best known for its award-winning vegan Sheese brand, which offers a wide range of dairy-free cream cheeses, wedges, slices and grated cheeses. Serving both the retail and foodservice sectors, Bute Island Foods produces own-label products for UK supermarkets and exports to international markets including Australia, Scandinavia and the Far East.

In 2021, Canadian dairy giant Saputo acquired Bute Island Foods in a multi-million pound deal, further expanding the company’s reach and resources. The company employs around 180 people and is committed to producing high-quality, authentic vegan products that meet the growing demand for plant-based alternatives.

Bute Island Foods’ dairy-free cheese has been adopted by popular food chains, including Papa John’s outlets in the UK, which use its vegan cheese on their plant-based pizzas. As the company approaches its 35th anniversary, it continues to innovate and expand its product range, bringing delicious and nutritious vegan cheese alternatives to consumers worldwide.

Website: https://www.buteisland.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bute-island-foods-ltd/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ButeIslandFoods 

Country: Scotland, United Kingdom

Headquarter: Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Founders: Guy Crichton and Mark Crichton

Kinda Co.

Kinda Co. is an award-winning artisan dairy-free cheese company based in North Somerset, UK. Founded by Ellie Phoebe Brown, a self-proclaimed “lifelong cheese addict”, the company specialises in creating delicious vegan cheeses and spreads with unique flavours. Its products are made from high-quality ingredients such as cashews, coconut oil, natural cultures, miso, nutritional yeast, salt and onion powder.

The company offers a variety of vegan cheese options, including bestselling bundles, cream cheese bundles, cheese board collections and Great Taste Award winning bundles. In addition to its popular products, Kinda Co. also offers an online vegan cheese masterclass called KindAcademy, launched in 2021, where customers can learn to make their own vegan cheese at home.

With a focus on sustainability and cruelty-free practices, Kinda Co. has quickly gained recognition for its innovative approach to dairy-free cheese making. The company’s mission is to provide delicious and healthy alternatives to traditional dairy products while promoting a more compassionate and eco-friendly lifestyle.

Website: https://thekindaco.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/kinda-co

Country: United Kingdom

Headquarters: North Somerset

Founder: Ellie Phoebe Brown

Sources: Company websites, company social media, press releases, Vegnews, Vegconomist and selected other media.

This article will be updated regularly to include new, emerging companies. As the vegan industry moves fast, some of the content may be out of date by the time you read it.

Disclosure: Our publications provide information and education about vegan companies. While some articles may refer to investment products for informational purposes, our writers are not investment advisors. Please see our disclaimer.

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