KINGSTON, NY. — Treeline Treenut Cheeses, a subsidiary of The Gardener Cheese Co., is entering the cream cheese category with a new line of cashew cream cheeses in plain, chive and onion, and strawberry varieties.
Made with eight ingredients or fewer, the products draw on traditional dairy cheesemaking methods by fermenting cashews with the probiotic L. Acidophilus, Treeline said. The result is a kosher, soy-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo-friendly and Non-GMO Project verified cream cheese alternative packaged in 8-oz tubs.
The plain cashew cream cheese is made with cashew nuts, filtered water, sea salt, lemon juice and L. Acidophilus. Each 1-oz serving contains 90 calories, 4 grams of protein and no sugar.
The strawberry variety is made with cashew nuts, filtered water, cane sugar, dried strawberries, sea salt, lemon juice, beet powder for color and L. Acidophilus. Each 1-oz serving contains 90 calories, 3 grams of protein and 2 grams of sugar.
The chive and onion flavor is made with cashew nuts, filtered water, sea salt, lemon juice, dried chives, natural chive flavoring, onion powder and L. Acidophilus. Each 1-oz serving contains 90 calories, 4 grams of protein and no sugar.
“A recent study conducted by the Plant Based Foods Association showed that vegan cheese sales grew by 43% last year,” Treeline said. “Treeline cheese is a plant-based cheese that’s worthy of any artisanal cheese platter and pairs well with good wine. Treeline can also hold its own as a substitute to dairy-based cheeses in any recipe.”
In addition to the new cream cheese varieties, Treeline Treenut Cheeses offers six flavors of aged cheeses and soft-French style cheeses, including classic aged nut cheese, cracked pepper aged nut cheese, herb-garlic soft French style, cracked salt and pepper soft French style, chipotle-serrano soft French style, and scallion soft French style. The plant-based products may be found in more than 3,000 grocery stores nationwide.