ADM & Perfect Day Partner to Create Lab-Made, Animal-Free Milk

The first lab-made, animal-free milk is set to hit store shelves in 2019. ( Perfect Day )

Teaming up to create the first of its kind, animal-free milk, Perfect Day has formed a partnership with agricultural processor and food ingredient provider, Archer Daniels Midland(ADM).


The duo plans to begin supplying the world’s first animal-free dairy proteins to the food industry in 2019, according to Perfect Day. Instead of using dairy cattle, which have historically been the only way to produce dairy proteins, this product will be produced via microflora fermentation.

“Animal-free dairy proteins will not only offer consumers the option to have a lactose-free, animal-free alternative to conventional animal-based dairy, but also provide a portfolio of nutritious and functional, high-purity proteins with similar taste and nutrition profile of dairy proteins for a wide range of food and beverage applications,” Perfect Day said in a press release.

Similar to lab-grown meat, the company uses cell culture to craft this animal-free product. However, consumers are not necessarily on board with this new technology. In August, a letter addressed to President Trump sought regulatory clarity in regards to lab-grown products.

“ADM has been a leader in plant proteins for decades,” said Victoria de la Huerga, vice president, ADM Ventures. “We are excited to work with Perfect Day to launch a complementary source of dairy protein that could lead to a myriad of opportunities for food innovators and consumers.”

Obtaining a strain of yeast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Perfect Day co-founders, Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi, printed a cow’s DNA sequence via a 3D-printer and inserted it into a specific location on the yeast. In a fermentation process, the yeast begins to make milk proteins—casein and whey—that are molecularly identical to the real thing, according to an article written by Fortune.

“We are on a journey to bring sustainable, nutritious and delicious dairy to everyone,” Pandya said. “We are thrilled to partner with ADM, a global leader in fermentation, to accelerate our path to market. With this partnership, we will enable brands to make your favorite foods in a kinder, greener way.”

Submitted by Dan Yates on Thu, 11/15/2018 - 21:32

Good job Taylor! Anxious to hear how the public reacts. I can’t imagine the tase will be the same.

Submitted by Steve schlabach on Sun, 11/18/2018 - 15:58

This exactly what we don’t fake products that are killing us a country and people. It makes me sick that a company who sells product too farmers is putting them out of business by being a part of this crap

Submitted by Bob on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:20

"Animal-free Milk"! How long is it going to take Congress to pass legislation re: the labeling of such products as "milk"? What is the hold-up? I'll bet if they were calling it "Coca-Cola" it wouldn't take long!

Submitted by David Pullen on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:49

So how is this fermentation process any different than production of rBST or for that matter GMO. So people will drink GMO products but not eat them? Better put a warning label on it.

Submitted by Dr. Enrique Schcolnik on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 13:10

One step more towards living in a world where human beings are disconnected from the rest of nature. We have a covenant with cows and other domestic and wild animal species where we care for them and they care for us. If we continue in this direction, one day there will be no need for anything in the world except people.
What will happen to domestic animals in that type of a world until the animals are all extinct? One has to only look at India and the terrible conditions cattle live on because they have no purpose. Millions of cattle living malnourished and full of disease, living on the streets. And free roaming cattle kill 550 people every year in India.

Submitted by Darrell on Fri, 11/30/2018 - 15:51

Just what we need,more man made processed fake food,consume this fake food and in 10 +- years we’ll find out it causes cancer,everybody do yourself a favor,DRINK MILK if you want milk,not some man made processed concoction made in a laboratory to make $$$$ for some corporate conglomerate that doesn’t have any interest in our health.

Submitted by Ryan on Sun, 03/03/2019 - 10:52

Fake food NOT needed.

Submitted by Shelly on Tue, 04/07/2020 - 11:31

I'm not surprised that this has happened. Disgusted, but not surprised. It is a kick in the face of hard working dairy farmers, who not only milk cows, but also dairy goats and sheep too for that matter. However, sheep's milk goes for specialty cheeses. ADM has a long standing history of poisoning most everything it touches. I remember 30 years ago when the only thing they did was make feed for dairy cows. I custom created my own recipe according to my cow's health needs. They immediately jacked the price up on it and I just couldn't afford it, and had to reject the very first load. Then and there that told me they were only in it for the money. And they have been ever since. I will never, NEVER touch your fake synthetic pretend "milk". Those companies and people involved can all go fuck yourselves. YOU drink it and see how long you live. Of course, we'll never see the true statistics on what it does health wise to humans of any age.