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NewMoo’s Plant Seeds Makes Authentic Cow-Less Cheese

Israeli, food-tech start-up NewMoo's unveiled an innovative way for producing casein proteins using plant seeds. Their innovation promises to bring authentic, animal-free cheese to the market, maintaining the same sensory properties as animal-based dairy cheese.

NewMoo's approach leverages plant seeds to produce casein proteins, essential for cheese with all the familiar taste, texture, and nutritional characteristics . The approach circumvents the need for cows, making it a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to 'old world' cheese production.

New moo graphic

Source: NewMoo

Seeds are taken from plants grown using traditional field agriculture, harvested, and processed into a liquid base mirroring the functionality of dairy casein. This animal-free casein is naturally free of lactose and cholesterol, making it suitable for a wider range of dietary needs.

Daphna Miller, NewMoo's co-founder and CEO, explains, “Our animal-free liquid casein mimics all the functional traits of real milk protein for crafting cheese the traditional way. It can seamlessly replace dairy milk in any cheese manufacturing facility without the need for special equipment.”

NewMoo research team

Source: NewMoo- Daphna Miller (centre) with her research team

NewMoo's process is not only innovative but also scalable and cost-effective. Unlike protein powders or precision fermentation, which require expensive bioreactors, NewMoo uses plant seeds as natural bioreactors. This enables the production of complex proteins at a lower cost and with greater environmental benefits.

“This method benefits consumers, dairy producers, farmers, and the environment,” says Miller. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

With 42% of consumers identifying as flexitarians, the demand for high-quality dairy alternatives is on the rise. NewMoo's technology empowers cheesemakers to meet this demand by offering guilt-free, nutritious, and delicious products without added costs.

NewMoo Foods plant cheese representation

Source: NewMoo

NewMoo was founded in 2021 and has since raised $7 million in seed funding. The team comprises experts in plant molecular genetics and food business development, including industry veterans from companies like Tnuva and Nestlé.

As the global plant cheese market continues to grow, NewMoo is positioning itself to play a significant role in the future of sustainable, animal-free dairy products.

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