Biotech brand creates vegan casein that ‘fully replicates’ flavour and texture of dairy protein

Author: Maria Chiorando

Read Time:   |  2nd September 2023

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A Biotech brand has created vegan casein which it says fully replicates the taste and texture of traditional dairy protein.

US-based company Pureture, previously known as Armored Fresh, says its non-GMO plant-based casein can be used in a range of dairy alternatives including cheese and yoghurt among others.

Casein is described by the company as ‘a key component in animal-based dairy products, is a milk protein that creates a stable emulsion, preventing fat and water from separating, giving milk its smooth texture’.

The product, which is flavour-free and has no smell or colour, could play a role in replicating elements of traditional dairy in vegan cheese – which is often considered to be one of the plant-based products which has yet to truly match its animal-based counterpart.

According to a press release, Pureture has ‘successfully recreated casein using yeast-based, fully plant-based materials that offer comparable functionality to milk, a better taste and nutrition panel, and sustainable and lower-priced ingredients’.

Under the name Armored Fresh, Pureture made convincing plant-based cheese from fermented almond milk. Photo courtesy of @armoredfresh via Instagram

Under the name Armored Fresh, Pureture made convincing plant-based cheese from fermented almond milk. Photo courtesy of @armoredfresh via Instagram

Plant-based casein

In the statement, Rudy Yoo, founder and CEO of Pureture, said: “At Pureture, we’re laser focused on developing materials and technologies for essential food changes that will provide us with a richer and long-lasting food culture.

“With this new innovation, we’re thrilled to introduce a product that ensures the joy of dairy flavor and texture remains, while delivering a cleaner label and contributing to a more sustainable future.”

In addition, the company says it can price its casein at a lower cost than the market average due to its proprietary technology, and method of production,

Puretech now has plans to collaborate with major dairy companies to ‘co-brand its plant-based casein and partner with global ingredients vendors to expand its usage’.

“Assisting corporations in the transition to plant-based casein goes beyond the product and includes revolutionising label transparency,” the company revealed in its statement.

“Pureture believes clean labels featuring unaltered and untouched proteins with plant-based alternatives is the future of food.”

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Written by

Maria Chiorando

Maria is an editor and journalist. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post, the Guardian, TechnoBuffalo, Plant Based News, and Kent on Sunday among other national and regional titles.

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