Vegan pizzeria chain ‘Purezza’ has announced plans to open a vegan cheese factory, which would be the first of its kind within the UK.
Purezza is the UK’s first vegan pizzeria, and recently secured £35,000 worth of funding in an investment pitching competition.
The competition was run by plant-based business event Pitch + Plant, with prize money raised by vegan events and media company Vevolution, and venture capital firm Bran Investments.
Purezza currently has two sites, one in Camden, and one in Brighton.
Tim Barclay, the co-founder and co-owner of Purezza, said: “This investment is extremely exciting for us, and sets the wheels in motion for where we want to take the business.”
“We’ll be continuing to raise funds for the factory in coming weeks, and look forward to distributing our mozzarella to stores and restaurants in the near future.”
The recipe for the cheese has not yet been revealed, however, it is known to be based on rice milk, and will not contain the controversial ingredient palm oil.
It will also be made from completely natural ingredients and will be free from modified starch, lactic acid, soy, gluten, and nuts.
Purezza has not yet given a date for the opening of the factory.