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First animal-free dairy ice cream debuts

Silicon Valley company develops dairy proteins using fermentation of microflora.

Perfect Day, a global leader in the research, development and production of animal-free dairy, announced this week the launch of its limited-edition ice cream, allowing people, for the first time, to taste a product powered by Perfect Day's flora-based, animal-free dairy protein.

Since 2014, Perfect Day has been developing and scaling a method for producing functional, nutritious protein using fermentation of microflora. The limited release gives consumers a chance to taste the world's first animal-free dairy products while demonstrating the potential of this technology to potential collaborators, the company said.

"What we're doing here is completely new to the world," said Ryan Pandya, chief executive officer and co-founder of Perfect Day. "We wanted our first debut to be under the care of our own brand so that we could demonstrate the consumer benefits inherent to our protein, while starting a conversation about this new approach to making food."

Perfect Day's proteins – created through a fermentation process similar to the manufacture of vitamins and amino acids – are identical to the proteins found in cow's milk, imparting to food products the nutrition, texture, and delicious taste of conventional dairy. Founded by Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi, Perfect Day sees the future of the industry as a bright one and plans to work with companies around the world to create delicious food products using this protein.

"Our goal has always been impact -- to pave the way for a kinder, greener planet," Perfect Day co-founder Perumal Gandhi said. "The best way to achieve this will be to work with food companies that already purchase huge amounts of dairy ingredients. While our [business-to-business] deals come to fruition, we are eager to share our progress with the world."

In late 2018, Archer Daniels Midland Co. provided a boost to Perfect Day when it agreed to partner on the development and commercialization of the animal-free dairy proteins.

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