Not only is it a new week, but did you know it’s also National Cheese Day?! We cannot think of a better Autism Hope Alliance (AHA) Amazing Partner to ‘Get to Know‘ today than Daiya. Daiya has been making cheese alternatives and an array of delicious foods with the vegan and dairy-conscious consumer in mind for nearly 10 years. Daiya cheese melts, stretches, and tastes just like dairy-based cheese! All of their products are free of dairy (casein and lactose), soy and gluten.

Friends for over 20 years, Andre and Greg share a passion for music, ideation and a plant-based lifestyle. The same passion inspired them to create a delicious dairy-free alternative made entirely from plants.

It started with a simple belief: plant-based living was better for your health, better for the planet and better for animal welfare. As it turns out, Andre and Greg weren’t alone in their dream. Millions of others were wishing for the same delicious outcome.

Their perseverance paid off and the Cheddar Style and Mozzarella Style Shreds debuted in 2009 at the Natural Products Expo West. Consumers raved ” and plant-based dairy innovation changed forever.

Today, as millions more demand plant-based equivalents to their favorite foods, that spirit of innovation is still a part of the company’s DNA. In fact, thanks to their amazing R&D team, Daiya now have over 30 great tasting, 100% plant-based alternatives to dairy. And feel like were just getting started.

We checked in with Dave Savage, Daiya’s Manager for Medical Advocacy, to learn more about this dynamic Canadian-based company!

Get to Know: Daiya Foods

AHA:  How long has Daiya been in business?

Dave: We just celebrated it’s 10 Year Anniversary in 2018!

AHA: Are your cheese alternatives soy-free??

Dave: Daiya is free of many common allergens including soy, dairy (casein, whey and lactose), gluten, eggs, rice, peanuts and tree nuts (except coconut oil).

AHA: Why is a vegan lifestyle important to you and your health?

Dave:  There is increased interest in Vegan or Plant Based diets and foods.  Many people are looking for alternatives to traditional dairy-based products for themselves and their families. For those families or individuals who cannot consume or choose not to consume Dairy or Soy, Daiya allows them to still enjoy some of their favorite meals again!

AHA: What are some of your favorite kid-approved products?

Dave: Definitely our Cheezy Mac is a BIG hit with kids of all ages.  The Daiya Shreds and Slices are very popular as an ingredient on Pizza or Pasta dishes.  Daiya Yogurts are very popular as tasty snack for kids. The Daiya Cheesecakes are a wonderful dessert for everyone who is looking for a delicious, indulgent treat for dessert.

AHA: Besides cheese and pizza, what are some of your other products?

Dave: Our product line continues to grow and expand as the demand for our products grows.  Currently Daiya offers:  Original Shreds and new Cutting Board Shreds, Frozen Pizza, Slices, Blocks, Yogurts, Cream Cheese Spread, Cheesecakes, Cheese Sauce, Cheezy Mac, Dressing.  In 2018 we are launching Yogurt Duets, Burritos, Frozen Ice Cream Treats, and Cheese Sticks!

AHA: And, once and for all: Is it Day-ah or Dye-ah?

Dave: The name is pronounced day  ah, and arose from both a play on the word dairy and the Sanskirt definition for the word Dayaa meaning loving, kindness, and compassion.

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