Walking down the cheese aisle at the grocery store, you’re likely to recognize Bell Group’s offerings: red wax-wrapped Babybels, Laughing Cow wedges and boxes of Boursin. For more than 150 years, the French company has been making dairy cheeses. Now it’s looking to expand its plant-based offerings through a partnership with Climax Foods, a Berkeley, California-based biotech company that uses AI and data science to create plant-based alternatives that it says are “indistinguishable” from their animal-derived counterparts. ,
The Bell Group has already forayed into the plant-based cheese space; In 2021 it launched a dairy-free version of Boursin, and in 2022 it launched vegan versions of Babybel and Laughing Cow, as well as a new brand, called Nourish, devoted entirely to plant-based cheeses. Together, Bel Group and Climax will create more plant-based versions of Bel products, upgrading current dairy-free alternatives using Climax’s technology as well as launching new products.
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