A startup that makes lab-grown cultured mozzarella and ricotta cheeses just got funds to continue its line of products. Investors jumped at the chance to be a part of this startup.

Berlin-based Formo will use the $50 million in funds to continue to expand their line of cheese that does not require dairy cows



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Raffael Wohlgensinger, co-founder and chief executive officer of Formo, said, “We’re talking about a product that needs to go mass market or needs to be produced in big volume so we’re now working on a scale-up. We want to open up the focus and really make sure we can cover pretty much any cheese type you can imagine.”

These cultured cheeses use the same kinds of protein that you would find in dairy cheese, making this product unique and realistic.


Britta Winterberg, Formo’s co-founder and chief scientific officer, said, “What our products contain are the actual milk proteins, but we don’t get them from a cow. We get them from our micro-organisms.”

Investors are jumping on board with the influx of animal-free products hitting the market, while consumers are demanding more options that are environmentally friendly.


This new technology opens up a whole new option of animal-free cheese, thereby making it that much easier to find satisfying and delicious cheese without supporting the dairy industry.

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