Perfect Day is 3D printing dairy milk without the cow

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Nov 20, 2018 | By Cameron

There are more and more non-dairy milks hitting the shelves, from soy and hemp to pecans and flax seed, but a milk alternative (hopefully) coming in 2019 is actually a dairy product, despite the fact that it comes out of a 3D printer and not a cow’s udder. Founded by Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi, Perfect Day is a San Francisco-based company on a mission to make animal-free dairy products available to everyone. They recently entered into a Joint Development Agreement with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), a global agriculture and food ingredients business based in Illinois, to scale up production and commercialize their dairy proteins.

What distinguishes Perfect Day’s milk from every other milk alternative in the store is its casein and whey proteins that are molecularly identical to the same proteins in milk that comes from cows. They create those dairy proteins sans-cow by inserting a modified version of bovine (cow) DNA into yeast microflora, instructing it to produce whey and casein when it ferments with sugar. A biotech 3D printer is used to place the DNA into specific locations in the yeast. After fermentation, the microflora is filtered out, leaving just the dairy proteins.

Perfect Day milk is vegan, lactose-free, hormone- and antibiotic-free, cholesterol-free, high in protein, has a longer shelf life (than traditional milk), and most importantly, actually tastes like milk. With over $24 million in Series A funding raised, Perfect Day was able to develop and patent their fermentation process; this JDA with ADM will leverage ADM’s vast fermentation infrastructure to get the cost of their proteins to a level that’s competitive with animal-based proteins. “We’re one step closer in a big way to making this real,” remarked Perumal Gandhi regarding the partnership. “It’s a huge vote of confidence.” Pandya added, “We are thrilled to partner with ADM, a global leader in fermentation, to accelerate our path to market. With this partnership, we will enable brands to make your favorite foods in a kinder, greener way.”

“ADM has been a leader in plant proteins for decades,” said Victoria de la Huerga, vice president, ADM Ventures. “We are excited to work with Perfect Day to launch a complementary source of dairy protein that could lead to a myriad of opportunities for food innovators and consumers.”

With so many researchers investigating the potential of 3D printing food, and several food-based 3D printers already available, it seems clear that we’ll all be eating 3D printed foods soon enough.

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lies and half truths wrote at 11/21/2018 7:14:16 AM:

“inserting a modified version of bovine (cow) DNA into yeast microflora” 1) that still using cow 2) its now abusing two life forms and not just the cow… this is worse not better.

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