The plant-based revolution moves to the cheese plate
Stockeld Dreamery is challenging the food status quo with plant-based alternatives, starting with cheese.
Sorosh Tavakoli, Anja Leissner
Innovating Agrifood Transformation Processes
Re-inventing the foods we love
Consumer are demanding plant-based alternatives across all food and beverage segments. Cheese alone represents a $60b market, but existing alternatives fall woefully short of cheese lovers’ expectations and demand for plant-based alternatives that are delicious, nutritious and made from ingredients that are both natural and part of a climate-positive food system.
Today, the traditional dairy industry uses 3,000 litres of water and 12m2 cropland per year to produce 1kg of cheese. In the process, ecologically important areas, such as prairies, wetlands and forests, are put under unsustainable pressure which could be eased through transitioning to a more diverse, plant-based diet.
In early 2019, Sorosh Tavakoli and Anja Leissner, founded Stockeld Dreamery (formerly Noquo Foods). The duo combine the skills of a successful second time entrepreneur, a passionate food scientist and the ambition to build a science-based food company and brand fit for a new generation and changing planet. Their mission is to reduce environmental footprint, animal suffering and improve health through a plant-based cheese product that delivers on taste, price, convenience and transparency. So too do they want to delight the 70% of the world’s population that is lactose intolerant (Source: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine).
Stockeld Dreamery is well positioned to benefit from the strong tailwinds of their market niche: a powerful combination of growing transparency, environmental and social challenges (ranging from high carbon footprint, to antibiotic use and resistance and high fat/low nutrition), preference for plant-based products and rejection of animal-based products. For these reasons, consumer demand for the products Stockeld Dreamery is developing is primed and burgeoning. They have a strong foundation of research and learning behind them that’s shaping their focus going forward.
Deciding to work with Astanor easy given my engagement with them, but also the complete alignment around the challenges with our food system and the opportunities that follows with it.
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