Perfect Day: The Startup Making Animal-Free Dairy

Perfect Day: The Startup Making Animal-Free Dairy
Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi founded Perfect Day in 2014. Source: Forbes

Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi became vegans as teenagers. However, after years of enjoying non-vegan foods and they both separately came to the conclusion that dairy alternative options were falling flat. When they met via email in 2014, they were both searching for a satisfying cruelty-free dairy. The duo started trading ideas about the possibility of making animal-free milk and became co-founders of Perfect Day.

The Perfect Day co-founders love dairy for its indulgent flavors, nutritional benefits, and its versatility. Although, they have a problem with the way it is produced. Many potential vegans face a huge obstacle when it comes to cutting out dairy and vegans who do cut it out are left with substandard options.

Pandya and Ghandi both have backgrounds in biological sciences. They found a way to convert carbohydrates into protein using microflora, plant sugars, and the age-old process of fermentation. This process makes Perfect Day’s dairy protein nutritionally identical to the protein found in cow’s milk.

The startup has raised $361.5 million over six funding rounds. the startup also is partnering with many food conglomerates. It has a high profile partnership with Archer Daniels Midland, a giant in the food industry. Additionally, Perfect Day is working on an epic scale rollout and is in talks with Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s to use the proteins under their own labels.

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