This month, California-based vegan brand Kite Hill debuted its newest product, Plant-Based Butter Alternative, exclusively at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide and will soon launch the new vegan butter at Target. The spread is made with a base of cultured almond milk and a combination of oils (such as sunflower and coconut) that undergoes traditional butter-making methods. The result is a European-style butter that melts, tastes, and spreads identical to dairy butter. Kite Hill’s new butter is available for a suggested retail price of $5.99 per 8-ounce tub.
Founded in 2013 by a team that includes vegan chef Tal Ronnen (owner of Los Angeles vegan restaurant Crossroads Kitchen) and Impossible Foods founder Patrick O. Brown, Kite Hill was previously focused on producing almond milk-based products such as vegan cheese and yogurt. Last year, Kite Hill’s parent company, Lyrical Foods, received a $10 million investment from a single undisclosed donor, which will be used to explore new bases beyond almond milk and develop new products.
Currently, Kite Hill offers a variety of vegan dairy products, including four flavors of cream cheese, almond milk-based ricotta, regular and Greek yogurt varieties, dips, sour cream, and cheese-filled pastas.