Last week, Perfect Day announced that the startup plans to start developing animal fats, specifically milk fats. Based in Berkeley, California, Perfect Day is a startup that uses cellular agriculture to produce animal-free dairy proteins. By designing flora to produce the same dairy proteins found in milk from a cow, Perfect Day can make the same milk. Without the cow.
Perfect Day and Milk Fats
In a recent blog post, Perfect Day co-founders Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi shared that they are building a team to expand into animal-free, flora-based fats. Starting with milk fats.
Milk fats can be used to make a range of products, such as butter, cream, and milk chocolate. Perfect Day initially started to explore animal-free milk fats in 2014 before deciding to concentrate on developing dairy proteins.
While many dairy alternatives use plant-based fats (like coconut or palm oil) to mimic the flavors of dairy fats, they don’t have the exact same texture, nutrition, and functionality of animal-derived fats. It’s therefore important for Perfect Day to develop animal-free milk fats to ensure that their dairy products have the same taste and texture profile as conventional dairy. In addition, producing animal fats directly from cells creates a sustainable source of animal fats for the future.
Beyond replacing plant-based fats in dairy alternatives, Perfect Day could expand their beyond milk fats and develop animal fats for other products. For example, in the future, could we see Perfect Day supply animal-free, flora-based animal fats to plant-based meat companies to make their products taste more like conventional meat?
The Perfect Year
Perfect Day’s announcement marks off another incredible year for the company. In July, Perfect Day made history by showcasing and launching the first ever animal-free dairy ice cream. With the limited release of their ice cream, Perfect Day became the first cellular agriculture company to release a food product to market.
Earlier in 2019, Perfect Day became one of the first cellular agriculture companies to raise their Series B round by raising $34.75 million to help scale the company. This is one of the largest rounds raised by any company looking to produce food via cellular agriculture. The largest round, Motif FoodWorks’ $90 million Series A in February, is a distant leader.
By producing both animal-free dairy proteins and fats, Pandya and Gandhi believe that Perfect Day can develop a “kinder, greener kind of milk”. Without requiring animals.
While announcing the milk fats plan, Perfect Day shared they will continue to focus on developing their dairy proteins. Perfect Day aims to commercialize their dairy proteins in 2020.
By focusing on the animal-free proteins, Perfect Day found a way to enter the market before any other cellular agriculture food startup.
In addition, Pandya and Gandhi also shared that Perfect Day will start to announce new partnerships. In November 2018, Perfect Day announced a partnership with Archer Daniel Midland, one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredients companies. According to Perfect Day, Archer Daniel Midland’s expertise in scaling fermentation production makes them the perfect partner to bring their innovative dairy products to market.
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