Nestle is trying to establish a presence in the animal-free dairy market by working with Perfect Day, a startup company trying to create a milk-like beverage from microflora. The genetically-engineered microflora will be programmed to produce proteins similar to cow’s milk, but Nestle says the microflora milk will have a smaller environmental footprint. Nestle says it will try out the new beverage in a handful of stores later this year. The company says it’s only the beginning of new dairy products. “Innovating alongside leaders like Nestle is a key part of how we’re making an impact,” says Perfect Day CEO Ryan Pandya. Perfect Day is also working with several other manufacturers to bring animal-free milks to market. They’re working with Betterland Foods, another new company that introduced lactose-free milk in whole or creamy varieties. Tomorrow Farms introduced its Bored Cow Flavored Milk brand that uses Perfect Day’s animal-free whey proteins.
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