Daiya Foods, the pioneer of vegan cheese, will expand its product portfolio in 2022 to illustrate how far its dairy-free cheeses have progressed. Daiya, which was founded in 2008, was the first company to introduce the world to a dairy-free cheese that melted like its animal cousin. Daiya now provides dairy- and gluten-free cheeses in shreds, slices, and blocks in tastes including cheddar, provolone, and smoked gouda.
Daiya has experimented with several inventions over the years, including its hyper-realistic Cutting Board collection, and expanded its product line to include easy-to-prepare meals, dressings, pizzas, ice cream, and cheesecakes. The Canadian company has improved its formulations by adding beans and grains. Daiya also updated its cream cheeses this year with a new coconut cream-based composition, which it is presenting with a new Roasted Garlic & Herbs flavor.
“Innovation lies at the heart of the Daiya brand’s DNA, and our team always strives to offer options with better taste, texture, and recipe use in order to deliver plant-based breakthroughs… Our research and development team works closely with our procurement representatives, chefs, registered dietitians, as well as with ongoing feedback from our consumers around the world,” stated Dan Hua, Vice President of Marketing at Daiya.
Daiya’s New Products
Daiya is re-inventing the dairy-free cheese space in 2022 with the introduction of many new cheesy products. The business is introducing two new four-cheese blends: Italian (made up of thinly shredded Parmesan, Mozzarella, Provolone, and Asiago) and Mexican (made up of thinly shredded Parmesan, Mozzarella, Provolone, and Asiago) (which features Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Asadero, and Queso Quesadilla shreds). The Asiago and Asadero cheeses are both one-of-a-kind in the dairy-free cheese world.
Daiya is also releasing a Feta Style Block, which has a semi-smooth texture with a hint of olive oil. This new product was developed as a simple dairy cheese substitute for Mediterranean salads, pizzas, and pastas. Grilling Cheeze Blocks, inspired by Halloumi cheese from Cyprus, are also being introduced.
“We’re constantly striving to match the taste of dairy, and oats and chickpeas help us achieve the rich and creamy texture of dairy cheese without any off-putting flavors… We never want plant-based eaters or those with dairy allergies to have to sacrifice taste, especially when it comes to something as beloved as cheese,” Hua stated.
Flatbreads in three flavors: Mushroom, Caramelized Onion & Fig; Tomato, Sunflower Seed Pesto & Arugula; and Meatless Italian Sausage Style Crumbles, Roasted Pepper & Kale are among Daiya’s new product offerings for 2022. The company is also adding a new, fiery Cheddar Jalapeo flavor to its existing Mac & Cheeze line. To better service its present clients and attract new ones, Daiya is introducing nine new goods to its already broad inventory.
“On top of our original vegan audience and those who choose dairy-free products as part of an allergen or dietary consideration, today many more people are eagerly exploring the benefits of dairy-free, plant-based foods… With mainstream consumers dabbling into this category of foods, Daiya is committed to developing crave-worthy, plant-based versions of their favorite foods that deliver on the delicious taste, texture, and flavor they’re used to,” Hua said.
A Vegan Pioneer
At the 2022 Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural products trade event, Daiya displayed all of its new vegan cheese advancements. Daiya debuted its initial products (Daiya Cheddar Style and Mozzarella Style Shreds) during this trade event in 2009. Daiya’s products received the Best in Show Award from VegNews that year because they were the first meltable vegan cheeses to hit the market.
Fast forward 13 years, and Daiya’s innovative Grilling Cheeze Blocks were recently awarded a Best in Show Award by VegNews at the 2022 Natural Products Expo West. Ironically, Daiya’s Grilling Cheeze blocks were designed to resist the heat of a grill, so they don’t melt like Daiya’s original cheeses, demonstrating how versatile the vegan cheese market has become.
“Daiya’s legacy is rooted in its deep history as the pioneer and industry leader of the dairy-free cheese category… Over the years, we have built on the success of our core offering by consistently listening to the wants and needs of our consumers,” Hua said.
Daiya’s products are currently available in 25,000 grocery stores across the United States (including Target, Walmart, and Kroger) as well as in Hong Kong, Mexico, South Korea, and other international markets.
Source: “DAIYA IS COMMITTED TO MAKING YOU A FAN. ITS 9 NEW DAIRY-FREE CHEESE PRODUCTS MAY DO THE TRICK.” by VegNews
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