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Retailing Or Using Vegan Cheese In Your Menu

"Since starting, my products have become extremely popular around the UK. Many stores & cafes have managed to sell £400 worth of stock per month with a one having fantastic success by selling close to over £1,000!

My range is loved by the Bristol community, amazed non-vegans and even shocked & admired by dairy cheesemakers."

-- Sumear Safdar-Robins, the Cheesemaker

The focus of my venture is creating high quality, premium vegan cheeses that are just as good, if not better than their dairy counter parts. This is achieved using quality ingredients, and the expertise & experience I have as an ex-dairy cheese maker.

Traditional dairy cheese making techniques are the foundation of my vegan cheese to develop strong, cheesy flavours without using artificial flavours, miso, nutritional yeast or a long list of spices to imitate cheese flavour.

With a background in dairy cheesemaking (among other things), this 100% vegan venture began back in August 2018 in Keynsham, Bristol. Starting out by selling in markets, my products shocked (positively) many vegans, as well as non-vegans, including those who still make dairy cheese to this day.

Business has exploded in recent months with customers demanding more and more stockists around the UK.

The Vegan Cheese Range

I specialise in semi-hard cheeses with strong flavours and the right texture you would expect from a cheese. They don't have a plastic texture, don't get stuck at the top of your mouth, and they don't taste weird.

Using my experience, I develop my own blend of cultures (bacteria) which is used to cultivate the cheese base and allow it to ferment. This method creates strong cheesy flavours and follows the same principles used in dairy cheese making.

The current line of cheeses are based on Cashew Nuts sourced in Vietnam. I have successfully made cheese using other ingredients such as seeds which will be part of my range in the future.

Please check out my online store for the range however please note that at the time of writing, the Vegan Blue & Washed Rind Cheese are not yet available for wholesale.

"I would highly recommend this cashew cheese, it is rare to find such a good quality, delicious dairy-free product that isn't loaded with poor quality ingredients.

Our customers have been very happy with this product and we have made repeat orders based on this demand."

Pauline Cox BSc MSc
Co-Founder
Sow & Arrow

The Environment - 100% Vegan Business & Plastic-Free

It's very important for this business to be plastic-free as much as possible. All the "ready for sale" retail packs of cheese are packed in plastic-free packaging.

Made from plant matter including cornstarch and sugar cane, the material is home-compostable in food bins.

As cheese requires special handling, the packaging is thermally sealed to avoid it drying out or being contaminated.

The packaging also allows for the cheese to breathe to avoid suffocation.

Cheese in larger catering/commercial packs still use plastic, unfortunately. This is to ensure the safe maturation and safety of the products during storage and transport. Cheese wheels/blocks are vacuum-packed in heavy duty plastic bags. Once a viable solution comes about, I will be there to make the switch!

Ingredients are sourced locally when possible or purchased from local suppliers. Everything is GMO-Free!

Buying Options

Cheese can be purchased either in "ready for sale" Retail Packs in plastic-free, home-compostable packaging or in larger cheese wheels or blocks, depending on the type of cheese known as Catering Wheels/Blocks.

The Catering Wheels can be used at cafes & restaurants in menus.

They are also perfect for delis who wish to resell the cheese direct to the customer by weight

Free samples for stores selling the Retail Packs can be provided. These are the perfect way to give free tasters to customers to help entice and show off the cheese. "Meet the maker" tasting sessions can also be arranged on request.

As a premium-based product, there's a need to help convince buyers given the bad rep vegan cheese has. I am adamant that many will buy after a taste and will continue to do so.

Delivery Options

Local shipments near Keynsham/Bristol can enjoy lower minimum order purchases with lower/free delivery fees. Orders for locations further afield in mainland UK are shipped via carrier on a Next Working Day service.

Proper care is taken to send out orders. Cheese is placed in special foil lined bags with several coolant packs. This is then placed in a durable box and sealed.

These methods ensure a chilled environment is kept for an average for 48 hours.

Getting Started

Call +44 7450 239959
Email hi@foodbysumear.co.uk