Plants will be a new source for global milk supply

March 24, 2017 by  

WillowCup’s founders have created a way to make wholesome milk with plants.

In response to an increasing need for food resources, and a lack of technological advances in the food industry, WillowCup’s co-founder and CEO Sara Bonham focused her attention on milk production, since milk is one of the most consumed food products in the world.

Bonham and cofounder Craig Deebank operate Willowcup out of the University of Waterloo’s accelerator. Their small business has won several awards, bringing prestige to the cities of Kitchener and Cambridge.

Bonham describes her plant-based milk product as being similar to cows’ milk in taste, texture and appearance. Where it differs from cow’s milk are advantages, with added fibre to support digestion and reduce bloating, as well as less naturally occurring sugars and fats.

Plant-based milk production is also much more environmentally friendly. Cows’ milk production requires 1,000 gallons of water to make one glass of milk, and results in 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Bonham’s hope is to one day sell her milk-making process to a leading food production company. Presentation folders will likely be created to showcase WillowCup’s milk, and promotional drinkware could also be useful when demonstrating the product.

Up until now, the only technological advances in milk production have been around increasing the amount of milk cows are capable of delivering. Moving forward, Bonham will be focusing on adapting her milk-making procedures to mimic traditional food production methods as much as possible.