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  • Writer's picturePhoebe Fraser

Unilever and Perfect Day partner to launch animal-free dairy ice cream

Perfect Day has partnered with Unilever’s Breyers to launch a lactose-free chocolate ice cream made with Perfect Day’s dairy protein, which is produced via precision fermentation.

This launch from Perfect Day and Breyers aims to make frozen indulgence more sustainable by introducing a product with a smaller environmental footprint than others available, while maintaining the creamy taste people know, love and expect from ice cream.

In addition to being lactose free, the Breyers Lactose-Free Chocolate with Perfect Day is also cholesterol-free.

Perfect Day's protein is the same as the whey protein found in traditional milk, with all the flavour, texture and functionality benefits.

An ISO-compliant, third-party reviewed life cycle assessment found that Perfect Day's process reduces blue water consumption by up to 99%, greenhouse gas emissions by up to 97%, and non-renewable energy use by up to 60%, when compared to traditional whey production methods.

TM Narayan, Perfect Day's CEO, said: "We are thrilled to have developed this new product with Unilever, a hallmark example of how our second decade is focused on driving growth through collaboration with leading companies that share our mission of a kinder, greener tomorrow”.

He continued: “We're inspired to see that more companies are turning to precision fermentation as a no-compromise option to continue to maintain their leadership position as consumer demands evolve for the future of our planet."

Lisa Vortsman, CMO for Unilever Ice Cream North America, commented: "The launch of Breyers Lactose-Free Chocolate with animal-free dairy is an exciting and innovative addition to Breyers' growing better-for-you portfolio. As we've seen demand for alternative ice creams continue to grow, it is important to us to provide Breyers fans with frozen treats that meet their dietary needs and preferences, without compromising on the creamy taste and flavour that Breyers has offered for more than 150 years."

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