Starting on September 24, vegan cheese brand Miyoko’s Creamery is going on the road for “Miyoko’s Mind-Blowing, World-Changing, Phenomenally Vegan Pizza Tour” to give fans a taste of its new Liquid Vegan Pizza Mozzarella. During the tour, Miyoko’s food truck will give out 10,000 slices of vegan margherita and sausage-topped pizzas in America’s “Pizza Belt”—the states with the highest ratio of pizza shops—which includes Philadelphia, PA (September 24–27), Charlottesville, VA (October 1), Richmond, VA (October 2), New York City (October 8–9 and 21–24), and Boston, MA (October 11–17).
“We have long searched for a mozzarella with the taste profile that would appeal beyond the hardcore vegan community. This is the first vegan mozzarella that we’ve tasted that can do that.”
—Pizza My Heart CEO Spencer Glenn
Made with cultured cashew milk, Miyoko’s first-of-its-kind pourable vegan mozzarella was developed to provide a product that melts perfectly on pizza. Rather than creating a traditional solid block of vegan cheese that needs to be shredded on pizza, Miyoko removed the solids and other ingredients that hinder meltability.
“My goal was to create a vegan cheese worthy of pizza,” Miyoko’s Creamery founder and CEO Miyoko Schinner told VegNews. “A vegan pizza cheese that is so good that pizza lovers cannot believe it is vegan and inspires people to change their cheese to change the world.”
Better vegan cheese makes for great vegan pizza
According to the company, Miyoko’s Liquid Vegan Pizza Mozzarella generates 98 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional animal dairy mozzarella. When you compare this to conventional mozzarella—which accounts for approximately 80 percent of cheese production in the United States—Miyoko’s new product has the ability to change how people choose their cheese. In addition to being offered to the foodservice sector, the new vegan pourable mozzarella will hit retail shelves starting with select Sprouts locations on October 18. Additional retail partners will be announced in January 2022.
Last year, Miyoko’s tested its new pourable mozzarella at Northern California pizza chain Pizza My Heart. “While Pizza My Heart has offered vegan options, we haven’t always done it well. We have long searched for a mozzarella with the taste profile that would appeal beyond the hardcore vegan community. This is the first vegan mozzarella that we’ve tasted that can do that,” Pizza My Heart’s Glenn said in a statement. “With Miyoko’s Cultured Vegan Pizza Mozz, we truly believe everyone, including our customers who are omnivores, have lactose intolerance, or other dietary issues, don’t need to sacrifice taste and texture to enjoy our delicious pies and slices.”
A mission to revolutionize the dairy industry
Schinner founded Miyoko’s Creamery in 2014 and is working to build a future where an animal-free dairy food system is a reality. By combining old-world creamery traditions with new, innovative technology, Miyoko’s Creamery has revolutionized the cheese and butter categories, demonstrating how plant dairy is, in fact, dairy. The brand offers a selection of more than 25 plant-based cheeses and butters that can be found at nearly 20,000 retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods, Target, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart.
Last month, Miyoko’s secured $52 million in a series C funding round, which will allow the company to finance an expansion into the foodservice industry as well as hire up to an additional 10 research and development employees. The pourable vegan mozzarella is one of the first items to benefit from this funding.