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Cheese alternative producer Julienne Bruno raises £5m

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Food tech startup Julienne Bruno has received £5m for its plant-based cheese alternative, which brings its total investment to more than £6m.

Julienne Bruno currently offers three kinds of dairy-free cheeses and dry-aged vegetables as it looks to tap into a growing alternative meat and diary market.

Lead investors in the alternative cheese maker’s round were Cherry Ventures, Outsized Ventures, Seedcamp and Nicoya. Julienne Bruno’s investment comes after its £1m pre-seed led by Seedcamp in February last year.

Carlos Eduardo Espinal, managing partner, Seedcamp said, “Julienne Bruno’s Collection 01 is not only a more sustainable and ethical alternative to dairy products but also tastes even better! Axel and his team are elevating the dairy-free food experience without compromising on taste or texture!”

Its replacement cheese is stocked in Selfridges London, Holland & Barrett and Whole Foods Market.

The London-based company was founded in 2020 and now has 16 employees. Production of its food is done in-house, also in London.

“At remarkable speed – less than a year of development – the Julienne Bruno team has created and brought the best tasting dairy-free, plant-based cheese to market,” said Christian Meermann, founding partner at Cherry Ventures.

Fellow food tech Hoxton Farms last month landed £20m to open a pilot facility to produce cultivated fat from animal stem cells.