Nature’s Fynd dairy-free cream cheese hits Sprouts stores nationwide

By Elaine Watson

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Image credit: Nature's Fynd

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Nature’s Fynd - a startup growing protein-packed food from microbes with a fraction of the environmental footprint of meat or dairy – is rolling out dairy-free cream cheeses to Sprouts nationwide.

The dairy-free cream cheese – which contains the same number of calories (80) and fat (7g) per serving and slightly less protein and sodium than Philadelphia original dairy cream cheese – deploys the firm’s flagship ‘Fy’ nutritional fungi protein, a Non GMO fungi strain that naturally produces high levels of complete protein when grown in a controlled environment.

Nature's Fynd - which is producing the ingredient at a pilot-scale facility in Chicago’s stockyard district and aims to open a large-scale production facility next year - is one of a series of startups seeking to disrupt the dairy aisle with ingredients made using microbial fermentation.

While some firms are genetically engineering microbes to express 'real' dairy proteins such as whey and casein, Nature's Fynd (fungi) and fellow startup Superbrewed Food​ (bacteria) are growing Non GMO microbial strains and harvesting the whole biomass, which can then be used in a wide variety of consumer products from cheese to meat alternatives.

Read more HERE​ about Nature’s Fynd​, which also makes frozen meatless patties using its nutritional fungi protein, which the company says are "doing well at Whole Foods based on weekly velocities and buyer feedback."

“Consumers’ positive response to our Fy-based dairy-free cream cheese has exceeded our expectations.​” Thomas Jonas, CEO and co-founder, Nature’s Fynd

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