Innovation Origins/Willicroft

It’s no surprise that the Dutch love making and eating cheese. It is said that one of the first cheese markets in the world was held in the Dutch city of Alkmaar in 1365. But for every kilogram of cheese produced today – and The Netherlands produces around 650 million kilograms each year – approximately 10 litres of milk are needed. As farmers, food producers and consumers become more aware of the carbon footprint the dairy industry causes, innovative and dairy-free alternatives are growing in popularity. Willicroft is an Amsterdam-based cheese company that substitutes milk with cashew nuts to produce cheese products. This alone has reduced Co2 emissions by two and half times (compared to dairy products) and the start-up isn’t stopping there.

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