After being able to successfully secure an investment of £35,000 for initial funding, a vegan pizza restaurant has revealed its plan to open the UK’s very first dairy-free vegan cheese factory.
Currently having 2 sites, one in London and the other in Brighton, Purezza is the UK’s first vegan pizzeria and has impressed judges at an annual pitching event designed to provide funding to companies marketing vegan products and services, the event itself being called Pitch + Plant.
The initial investment, contributed by Bran Investments will be used to setup the nations first ever vegan cheese factory that will enable Purezza to make its own plant based alternative to cheese, free from gluten, nuts, soya and milk, which is being dubbed as the “Mozzarella 2.0”
While this certainly isn’t the first offering of vegan cheeses available on the market, it will be the first to be made from 100% natural ingredients, not including modified starch or lactic acid. It will also be free from palm oil, which is the usual vegetable oil used, but has been linked with deforestation, this has made the “mozzarella 2.0” a more ethical offering, with the product being environmentally friendly and ethically-sourced.
The recipe is known to be based on rice milk, but the full recipe has not been released.
Tim Barclay, co-founder and co-owner of Purezza, said: “This investment is extremely exciting for us, and sets the wheels in motion for where we want to take the business.
“We’ll be continuing to raise funds for the factory in coming weeks, and look forward to distributing our mozzarella to stores and restaurants in the near future.”