NotCo introduces vegan dulce de leche to Dunkin’ Donuts.
NotCo has just released an amazing new innovation at all 106 Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Chile. The company used their expertise to make a vegan version of a popular local delight known as “manjar,” a sweet milk-based mixture comparable to dulce de leche.
NotCo’s new NotManjxr vegan doughnut filling is now available at Dunkin‘ Donuts in three varieties: Boston NotManjxr, Double Boston NotManjxr, and Sugared NotManjxr. Dunkin’ Donuts has also added the company’s vegan NotMilk to its menu across the country.
Chile-based The Not Company (NotCo) aims to revolutionize food production with the help of “Giuseppe,” the name of their patented technology platform that employs artificial intelligence to best imitate plant-based alternatives to animal feeds on a molecular level.
Giuseppe, for example, recently discovered that unusual components like cabbage and pineapple can help manufacture vegan milk that replicates the funkiness of its animal-derived cousin better than formulations that rely on single plant ingredients like almond or oats.
This technology has the potential to enhance the global food system on many levels, and NotCo has raised $420 million to realize that potential, including $70 million this week in a Series D1 round.
The round, led by Princeville Capital, includes previous NotCo investor Jeff Bezos and new backer Marcos Galperin, the founder and CEO of MercadoLibre, Latin America’s largest tech company. Vegan celebrities Questlove and F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton are also investors in the company.
NotCo is now valued at $1.5 billion and expects to be profitable by 2024. How will it arrive? By collaborating with some of the world’s largest corporations, such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Kraft Heinz.
NotCheese Plant-Based Slices, a vegan variation on Kraft’s iconic cheese singles, were made available to Ohioans in the Cleveland area last month.
The product, which will be available statewide in American, provolone, and cheddar varieties in 2023, is the first creation from The Kraft Heinz Not Company, a joint venture between Kraft Heinz and NotCo.
In addition to its NotCo relationship, Dunkin’ Chile added over a dozen vegan doughnuts to its menu last year. While Dunkin’ Donuts sells vegan doughnuts in other countries, it has yet to introduce a vegan doughnut option in the United States.
Kraft Heinz and NotCo collaborate on cutting-edge vegan products.
NotCo holds 12 patents in the US for plant-based alternatives to animal products and collaborating with Kraft Heinz was its first significant endeavor, with the food giant licensing its technology to enable it build next-level vegan versions of its classic items.
This collaboration’s next product is vegan mayonnaise, with more improvements currently in the works.
The new B2B platform will enable NotCo to develop more collaborations with large food and beverage companies who can leverage its technologies to create sustainable products.