Similar to lab-grown meat, I am the co-founder of a recently funded startup working on the final frontier of this new food movement, cow cheese without the cow - AMA!
Hey everyone, my name is Matt. I am the co-founder of New Culture, we are a recently funded vegan food/biotech startup that is making cow cheese without the cow.
I did an AMA on r/vegan last week and that went well so it was suggested I do one here.
We believe that great vegan cheese is the final frontier of this plant-based/clean foods movement. We have seen lab-grown meat and fat but very few dairy products. This is because dairy and especially cheese is one of those foods that is actually very very complicated and very unique in its structure and components. This makes it very difficult to mimic with purely plant-based ingredients which is why vegan hard cheeses are not great.
So we are taking the essential dairy proteins that give all the traits of dairy cheese that we love (texture, flavour, behaviour etc) and using microbes instead of a cow to produce them. We are then adding plant-based fats and sugars and making amazing tasting cheese without any animals :)
EDIT: you can be on our wait list to taste here!
EDIT 2: Thanks everyone for a fantastic AMA!