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Although we’re not certified organic, we use the highest quality ingredients possible. All of our ingredients have non-GMO ingredient certifications from suppliers.
It is a very long process and because we are constantly improving our products and changing our recipes, we need to resubmit our product recipes and restart the process. Given the breadth of our portfolio, it takes a long time.
We only use naturally occurring ingredients in our products. There are no artificial colors, preservatives or flavours.
None of our products contain animal products or by-products. All products are certified vegan.
Our products are free from animal and animal by-products. As part of our vendor approval program, we require the suppliers to provide us with a vegan statement and allergen statements. Our products are also certified vegan by Vegan Action.
Our products do contain small amounts of pea protein. To learn more about the protein content in our products, see the nutritional information found on our “Our Foods” page.
Our products do not contain cholesterol and are trans-fat free.
Our products are free of preservatives and artificial ingredients.
We don’t add any MSG to our products, but the yeast extract we use does contain some naturally occurring glutamate. Glutamate is an amino acid, which occurs naturally in the human body and in many foods, such as tomatoes and mushrooms.
Palm oil is an essential ingredient in our slices. It’s what creates the cheese-like texture of our products, which couldn’t be duplicated using another plant-based oil. Our Blocks do not use palm oil.
All of the palm oil we use is sourced from Brazil. Our supplier, certified by EcoSocial and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), works with several independent farmers to replace slash and burn practices with a sustainable organic system. The company helps preserve the forests surrounding the plantation by only planting oil palms in degraded areas.
Daiya slices are not prepared the same way as the shreds. Because our slices are ready-to-eat without cooking or heating, we use palm oil to deliver a texture that resembles dairy-based cheese.
We are currently using safflower oil. However, all of our labels contain the “canola and/or safflower oil” statement to allow us to toggle between the two in case of supply shortages.
We use carrageenan (also known as “Irish moss”) as a texturizer in our slices. It’s a natural carbohydrate that is extracted from seaweed. The form we use is food-grade (undegraded) carrageenan, which forms a strong gel that contributes to the desired texture of our products.
We use Titanium dioxide, a naturally occurring mineral, to keep our products’ base color consistent. Our level of use is well below the international standard and the FDA maximum level of 1%. Unlike the Titanium dioxide that is used in cosmetics, the form we use is not a nano particle. This ingredient is considered safe for human consumption by both the FDA and CFIA.
Our products are free of dairy (casein, whey and lactose), soy and gluten — 3 of the most common allergens. (Please note that some of our products may contain coconut and naturally occurring sulfites from garlic.) If there is something in particular you are allergic to, be sure to contact our team for more allergen information.
Our products do not contain peanuts and tree nuts (except for coconut). Some of our products (Cheezecakes and Yogurt) contain coconut cream and creamed coconut. We mention this because coconut is considered a tree nut in the US. Our products also contain coconut oil (a highly refined oil), yet no longer contain the allergenic protein component. Highly refined coconut oil is not considered an allergen.
Daiya Pepperjack Shreds, Havarti Blocks, all Pizzas and the Alfredo Cheezy Mac contain naturally occurring sulfites from garlic.
Our products are completely free of dairy (casein, whey and lactose). We have our own dedicated production facility (except for Daiya Pizzas, Cheezy Mac and Cheezecakes) to eliminate any chances for cross-contamination. Our Pizzas, Cheezy Mac and Cheezecakes are manufactured in another facility where we have an allergen program in place to prevent any cross contamination with dairy ingredients.
Our products are free from wheat, barley and oat. We only use ingredients with gluten-free statements from our suppliers, and we’re committed to a gluten-free environment in our manufacturing facilities. We test all of our products for gluten allergens prior to shipping. Our Pizzas, Cheezy Mac and Cheezecakes are endorsed by the Celiac Sprue Association.
Our products are completely free of soy. We test all of our products for soy allergens prior to shipping.
For information about food sensitivities and allergies, feel free to explore the Daiya Difference section on our site.
Our Shreds, Blocks, Slices, Cream Cheese Style Spreads and Cheezy Mac are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. Our pizzas and cheezecakes are not certified kosher at this time. None of our products are kosher for Passover.
Once opened, we recommend consuming our products within 7-10 days. Cheezecakes and Pizzas must be kept frozen at all times until ready to serve. Cheezy Mac can be stored in ambient temperature.
Our shreds can be frozen, but they shouldn’t be refrozen after they’ve been thawed. We don’t recommend freezing our Blocks, Slices, Cream Cheese Style Spreads, or Cheezy Mac as it can affect their texture.
Our dairy free yogurt alternative is crafted with the finest ingredients. We do not recommend storing the product under freezing condition because it would have a negative impact on its texture. The product may appear to be curdling with unsmooth appearance if frozen. While it does not impact food safety, it may not give you the best sensory experience!
Our products should be stored in the refrigerator at all times. We recommend keeping the shreds in a tightly sealed container or sealing the bag with an elastic or clip. Cheezecakes and Pizzas must be kept frozen at all times until ready to serve. Cheezy Mac can be stored in ambient temperature.
We don’t recommend consuming our products if they’ve been left out of the refrigerator. Refrigeration is important because our products do not contain any preservatives. Cheezecakes and Pizzas must be kept frozen at all times until ready to serve. Cheezy Mac can be stored in ambient temperature.
We pronounce Daiya as “day-ah.” As in “Have a nice Daiya!” The name came from a play on the words ‘dairy’ and “Dayaa,” which is Sanskrit for “loving, kindness and compassion.”
If you’ve already checked the store locator on our website, and you can’t find a location nearby, click here for a product request form. Simply print out and bring your Daiya request to the manager of your favorite store.
Australia, Germany, parts of Eastern Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, Middle East, South Africa and the Caribbean. In 2016 we will launch in Japan and other selected markets.
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We’re in the research and development process for many new product ideas. At this time, we can’t confirm what exciting products will come from Daiya next, but you can become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for ongoing updates, information and promotions.
Otsuka is a company creating new products for better health worldwide. They are a total healthcare company, aiming to care for people’s overall health not only by treating illness, but also sustaining and improving day-to-day wellbeing.
We found a partner that aligns with us and our values to continue to build out the vision that we started. They share our company goals of creating a global plant-based platform. They have additional experience, knowledge and financial support that can help us share delicious plant based and allergy friendly products to more people around the world.
We are bringing together two leading companies committed to health and wellness, this acquisition will enable us to carry forward with our mission of bringing plant-based vegan foods to people around the world. We see this partnership as a big step forward to making plant-based food mainstream and ultimately creating a kinder world for people, the planet and animals.
We will remain an independently operated company under Otsuka. Our CEO, management and team members will stay the same, our headquarters will remain the same, and manufacturing in Vancouver will continue.
We are always innovating and improving our products based on feedback from our customers, which sometimes does mean using new ingredients. Our process will remain the same and any future decisions about ingredient changes will be consumer driven.
We are committed to creating non-GMO products for the Daiya brand and any future decisions about ingredient changes will be a consumer driven decision.
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