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PERFECT DAY

costs several years ahead of expectations.
Initially the founders considered
manufacturing and marketing branded
products but soon realized collaborating
with food and dairy companies would create a greater positive impact on animals
and the planet.
" There's pretty much no
aisle of the grocery store that
you could go into and not
find some kind of dairy, " Mr.
Pandya said. " To us it speaks
to a need to get things moving
faster in terms of the proliferation of different concepts
and partnerships we can put
together. "
Products featuring
Perfect Day protein may be
labeled vegan and kosher
certified but must include an
allergen statement indicating
milk protein. Mr. Pandya and Mr. Gandhi
are committed to providing transparency and education to communicate the
health and environmental benefits of the
process. Mr. Pandya admitted the term
" animal-free dairy " is " fundamentally new
and somewhat oxymoronic. "
" Right now 'animal-free' makes sense

protein, which will unlock a range of functional properties, such as the stretching
and melting of cheese. The founders also
are exploring animal-free milk fats.
" We've been able to create an extremely scalable, low-cost platform for
making the best protein known to the
world today, " Mr. Pandya
said. " And our view is
because we built this platform to make essentially
any protein, the sky's the
limit. We can make the
major proteins in milk, but
there's no reason we need
to stop there. We can make
proteins in any other cate- Ryan Pandya, Perfect Day gory. We can even design
proteins down the road for
optimal nutrition. "
Imagine, for example,
allergen-free gluten, soy or
a need to say something else and have it at egg protein, or textures, flavors and functions in cooking that are only possible with
least be clear enough that people get the
Perfect Day's custom food ingredients.
why if not the how. "
For now, however, dairy remains the
Production currently focuses on
focus. Seven years after the company's
non-animal whey protein isolate, which
may be used in such applications as frozen founding, the first products formulated
with Perfect Day protein are hitting grodesserts, soft cheeses, energy bars and
cery store shelves nationwide. In recent
beverages. Next up is non-animal casein
to us because we want to differentiate
from the terms out there today, " he said.
" For example, if we just said 'vegan,' there
are complications there. If we just said
'plant-based,' there are complications
there. And if we just said 'dairy,' we're
obviously not making any point. So there's

'There's pretty much no aisle of the
grocery store that you could go into
and not find some kind of dairy.'

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