Ilchester Unveils New Vegan Blue And Melting Mature Cheeses - TheVeganKind To Stock Them From July
Ilchester is launching the Ilchester Vegan Blue and the Ilchester Vegan Melting Mature as standalone vegan cheeses in 200g blocks after they featured in the Ilchester Vegan Festive Selection last Christmas.
The Ilchester Vegan Blue Cheeze will feature unique blue spirulina veins to mimic the look of blue cheese and will have the same creamy texture and sharp and salty taste of the dairy version.
The Ilchester Vegan Blue Cheeze pairs nicely with a wide selection of foods, including vegan honey, dried fruit, apple slices, pear slices, wholegrain crackers, figs, almonds and walnuts. It is also the perfect topping for vegan burgers cooked on barbecues this summer and with cranberry and dried cherry sauce.
The Ilchester Vegan Melting Mature is set to be the mature vegan cheddar cheese known for sharing the same meltability factor as dairy cheddar cheeses, something that vegans have often said lacks in plant-based cheese.
The Ilchester Vegan Melting Mature is also the perfect cheesy addition to vegan burgers, melts well as cheese on toast or Welsh rarebit toasties and of course is the perfect cheese for mac ‘n' cheese. As a quick snack, Melting Mature is particularly tasty on crackers with a fruity chutney.
Both the Ilchester Vegan Blue and the Ilchester Melting Mature Cheddar are free from dairy, lactose, soya, gluten, cholesterol and palm oil. Fortified with vitamin B12 and calcium, which is important for many of those following a plant-based diet.
The Ilchester Vegan Blue and the Ilchester Melting Mature Cheddar will be available to buy from TheVeganKind Supermarket in July.
Jenna McGuinness, Head Buyer for TheVeganKind added: "Ilchester Vegan Blue Cheese Block was so popular in the festive cheese selection from Applewood and Ilchester last Christmas, we're very excited to launch it. The unique Spirulina blue vein throughout the cheese makes it a cheese board essential!"
"Vegan Melting Mature is the perfect melty, flavourful cheese for pizza, garlic bread, pasta and toasties," she added.
Ilchester, which has been making cheese in Somerset since 1962, is part of the Norseland portfolio of dairy and vegan cheeses, which includes the award-winning Applewood Vegan and Mexicana Vegan. Applewood Vegan is now the number two vegan cheese brand in the UK only 18 months after launching.
Lisa Harrison, Brand Manager for Ilchester, said: "We trialled the Ilchester Blue Vegan Cheeze and the Ilchester Melting Mature Vegan cheeze in our first-ever Ilchester Vegan Festive Selection last Christmas alongside the award-winning Applewood Vegan and Mexicana Vegan, and the cheezeboard proved so popular that the supermarkets that were stocking them put in more orders in the run-up to Christmas."
"We know that the demand is there and that vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians alike are looking for healthier and tasty alternatives to dairy cheeses. Total Sales of Applewood Vegan are worth £4.2 million, and in the latest 52-week period, sales have grown by 301% on the last year, so we are confident that applying our winning formula to our two new cheezes will create more award-winning cheezes from the Norseland portfolio."