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Plant-based dairy replacements are coming to ice cream pints in San Francisco and New York

Plant-based replacements are so hot right now, theyre even hitting the coolest thing in food ice cream.
The new plant-based dairy replacement maker, Eclipse Foods, has just signed a deal with hipster ice cream brands Humphry Slocombe and Oddfellows to put its dairy replacements into their mixes.
Unlike other plant-based products which provide an alternative to dairy without mimicking its texture and taste, the folks at Eclipse Foods say their product is indistinguishable from milk from animals and made using allergen-free ingredients.
Starting on Saturday, store shelves in New York and San Francisco will be stocked with the OddFellows and Humphry Slocombe artisanal ice cream brands made from plants.
The company has raised $3.5 million from investors including Alexis Ohanian and his Initialized Capital investment firm, Gmail creator Paul Buchheit and the former chairman of Daiya Foods, Eric Patel.
Im excited to be investing in more plant-based foods, said Ohanian, in a statement. Aylon and Thomas were immediately impressive as accomplished experts in food science and the quality of the ice cream is already near indistinguishable from its dairy counterpart and its only going to get better. This is filling a need in the surging plant-based food space that is competitively priced, sustainably produced, and most importantly delicious.
Compared to some of its competitors, the Eclipse Foods path to market is relatively straightforward since its not using any genetically modified ingredients to make its dairy replacements. Its more like the Beyond Meat than the Impossible Foods of the dairy industry.
Were not using any expensive biotech to get to where were going, says Aylon Steinhart, the companys chief executive. We take plants and we use our world class expertise in functional plant proteins and how they work to blend plants together in a quite simple way.
Founded by Steinhart a former expert at the Good Food Institute, a non-profit focused on plant-based food innovation, and Thomas Bowman, the former director of product development at JUST, Eclipse Foods launched from Y Combinators famed accelerator in March of this year.

Launching from YC, Eclipse Foods casts a long shadow over the $336 billion dairy industry
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