Plant-based proteins as a supplement
Plant-based alternatives have now entered the mainstream. A number of new products enrich DMK's portfolio – without competing with the milk range.
As Germany's largest dairy cooperative, we know what plant-based milk alternatives should taste like and can use the know-how we have built up over decades to do just that. A number of new products therefore now also enrich DMK's portfolio - without competing with the milk range.
They are a genuine and valuable alternative to the products that customers love and appreciate, but can or will no longer consume for individual reasons.
MILRAM 100 % vegetable spreads - on bread, for dipping or cooking.
With our new spreads in three delicious varieties - FrühlingsStreich, PaprikaStreich and NaturStreich - there's plenty of variety on your plate. And all without artificial flavours or preservatives, but with pea protein and coconut fat. Perfect for sandwiches, veggie barbecues or crunchy vegetable platters. The spreads offer a perfect vegan complement to Germany's popular FrühlingsQuark. Together with it, they have the unmistakable creamy, fresh and delicious MILRAM taste. The recipes are based on the idea of creating delicious, plant-based additions to the popular classics combined with short, easy-to-understand ingredient lists.
Cheese for every taste
With our vegan cheese alternative “Velander” we are setting new standards in the market in this category: Velander not only tastes good, but also convinces in further processing with the browning and melting behaviour familiar from classic cheese. In the first step, the vegan cheese alternative will be available to industrial customers. In the further course of the year, a vegan grated cheese alternative in the varieties "Pizza-Zeit" and "Auflauf-Zeit" will follow as additional lighthouse product.
Thanks in particular to different recipes for cold and hot application, Velander offers clear advantages for customers and consumers compared to the current market standard.
Our vegan DMK cheese variant is produced at DMK's largest cheese location in Edewecht, Lower Saxony. Where more than 3 million litres of milk are processed into cheese every day, the company has created its own additional production area. The Velander was developed by DMK experts based on decades of cheese expertise.
Our sweet dessert classics in vegan
Plant-based desserts are enjoyable too. Our sweet MILRAM Haferpudding range are the best proof of this. These plant-based blancmanges have gluten-free oats as the basic raw ingredient and owe their natural flavour to bourbon vanilla & selected, UTZ-certified cocoa.
Our MILRAM Reisdessert auf Haferbasis is also plant-based, gluten-free and lactose-free.
Ready to serve in a convenient 1,000g soft pack, it is ideal for enhancing with fruit or cinnamon as a dessert or whole meal. Again, no artificial flavorings, preservatives or flavor enhancers are used.
All plant-based dessert products are also part of the gastronomy range.
With the oat-based MILRAM Kakao Drink, the brand is also offering a variant of one of the most successful products in the mixed milk drink segment, which will give new impetus at the shelf.
Good to know: Questions and answers about our vegan products
Why is DMK, as a dairy cooperative, involved with plant-based alternatives?
As a dairy cooperative, we have a deep understanding of the flavour, quality and processing of cow's milk and can also transfer this to alternative products. Plant-based milk alternatives target similar consumer needs to dairy products. So it makes sense for us to accompany this development and, as a food manufacturer, to help shape the nutrition of the future in this market segment as well.
What is the difference between vegan and vegetarian?
Vegetarian = meat-free
vegan = plant-based, free from animal products, no milk used
According to the definition of the Consumer Protection Conference of Ministers:
Foods are vegan if they do not contain products of animal origin and for which, in all stages of production and processing, no
- Ingredients (including additives, carriers, flavourings and enzymes) or
- Processing aids or
- Non-food additives used in the same way and for the same purpose as processing aids,
of animal origin, have been added or used in processed or unprocessed form.
Vegetarian foodstuffs are foodstuffs which meet the requirements of paragraph 1 but in the production of which, by way of diversion therefrom
3. farm poultry eggs,
4. bee honey,
6. propolis or
7. wool fat/lanolin from wool obtained from live sheep, or their components or products derived therefrom may have been added or used.
A claim to be vegan or vegetarian shall not be precluded by unintentional inputs of products which do not comply with the respective requirements of paragraph 1 or 2 if and to the extent that these are technically unavoidable at all stages of production, processing and distribution, despite appropriate precautions taken in compliance with good manufacturing practice.
Is vegan certified? How is it certified?
Our vegan products are certified by the independent V-Label GmbH, based in Switzerland. In order to receive the vegan certificate, we have to prove to V-Label that our products contain only vegan ingredients and that no animal auxiliary materials are used in production. V-Label GmbH checks each product individually and then gives the go-ahead for the use of the vegan label on the packaging. In addition to product testing, each plant where we produce vegan products is also audited by V-Label.
Where and how are the products produced?
The vegan cheese will be produced in a new independent production area with new systems technology at the Edewecht plant from summer 2022.
In the sector of the white line plant-based alternatives, we are proud that our current product ventures are produced at our own sites in Erfurt and Zeven.
How does DMK define the sustainability of the raw material?
DMK attaches great importance to responsible procurement and does not compromise on quality and safety requirements. The sustainability of raw materials is defined on the basis of social and ecological requirements, e.g. climate and environmental impact (water, biodiversity, energy), but also compliance with social standards and fair supplier relations.