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Plant-Based Man­u­fac­tur­ing in Dairy: Em­brac­ing In­no­va­tion and Over­com­ing Chal­lenges

Plant-Based Manufacturing in Dairy: Embracing Innovation and Overcoming Challenges

Introduction: The Rise of Plant-Based Dairy Alternatives

As the world leans towards sustainability and health-conscious choices, the dairy industry stands at a pivotal crossroads. The traditional focus on animal-based products like milk, cheese, and yogurt is being reevaluated in light of a growing trend: plant-based dairy alternatives. This shift isn't just a fad; it's a reflection of changing consumer preferences and a deeper awareness of dietary and environmental impacts.

However, this transition is not without its complexities. One common misconception is that shifting to plant-based dairy is a straightforward process, merely about replacing one ingredient with another. In reality, it involves a multifaceted transformation that touches every aspect of production – from research and development to marketing and distribution. Traditional dairy companies, especially large cooperatives with farmer-owners, face unique challenges. They must navigate technological gaps, resource allocation, stakeholder interests, and the need for rapid adaptability in a market that's drastically different from their standard operations.

Understanding these complexities is essential. It's not just about introducing a new product line; it's about rethinking the entire production and business model to meet the evolving demands of the market and the planet. This blog post aims to delve into these challenges, offering insights and solutions for dairy companies looking to make a successful transition to the plant-based realm.

7 Common Challenges in Transitioning to Plant-Based Dairy

Switching to the production of plant-based dairy alternatives can be filled with difficulties and errors. Here’s a list of the most common ones:

  1. Underestimating Technological Needs: Many dairy companies fail to recognize the significant technological differences between animal-based and plant-based dairy production. This oversight can lead to inadequate product development and quality issues.
  2. Inadequate Resource Allocation: Allocating insufficient resources to plant-based projects, considering them as secondary to the traditional dairy line, can hinder their success and growth.
  3. Overlooking Stakeholder Concerns: Especially in cooperatives, ignoring the concerns of farmer-owners about plant-based ventures can lead to internal resistance and conflict.
  4. Lack of Agility: Large dairy corporations sometimes struggle to adapt quickly to the fast-evolving plant-based market, missing out on critical opportunities.
  5. Overexpansion: Diving into too many plant-based product lines or variants at the outset can dilute focus and resources, impacting the quality and marketability of each product.
  6. Ignoring Allergen Cross-Contamination: Failing to address potential cross-contamination with allergens in manufacturing facilities can result in health risks and damage to brand reputation.
  7. Misjudging Consumer Expectations: Underestimating the importance of taste, texture, and nutritional profile in plant-based dairy products can lead to disappointing sales and consumer feedback.

Recognizing and addressing these challenges is critical for dairy companies to successfully navigate the shift to plant-based manufacturing.

Alternative Approach and Solution: The FoodFlow Method by Cibus Nexum

The FoodFlow Method

Discover the power of the FoodFlow Method - a revolutionary approach that transforms your food production. With this innovative method you optimize your processes, increase efficiency and achieve impressive results.


Brand / scaleup

Supply chain & briefing
Scout & Engage
Trials, Quality & Commercial
Source, produce & launch


Business Development
Expertise & Market research
Develop & Negotiate
Collaborate & Launch

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In the quest to overcome the myriad challenges of transitioning to plant-based dairy production, Cibus Nexum offers a groundbreaking solution: the FoodFlow Method. This method provides a structured and strategic framework, addressing the common pitfalls in the industry with a novel approach.

Key Advantages of the FoodFlow Method:

  • Tailored Solutions
    Customizing each step to align with your company's values and specific requirements, ensuring that the end product truly resonates with your brand and audience.
  • Strategic Partnerships
    By leveraging an extensive network, Cibus Nexum connects you with the best-suited manufacturing partners, transforming your scale and innovation capabilities.
  • Impressive Outcomes
    Proven track record in helping businesses elevate their market position and achieve sustainable growth.

The FoodFlow Method effectively responds to the challenges such as technological gaps, resource allocation, stakeholder concerns, and the need for agile adaptation in the plant-based sector.

For more detailed information on the FoodFlow Method, please visit Cibus Nexum's FoodFlow Method Page.

Detailed Process Description: How the FoodFlow Method Works

The FoodFlow Method by Cibus Nexum is a meticulously designed, four-stage approach that revolutionizes food production from concept to market introduction. This method is tailored to enhance plant-based dairy production, ensuring each stage contributes to a final product that is innovative, high-quality, and market-aligned.

Phase 1: Design

Initial Consultation: Collaborate to define the scope, requirements, and aspirations for your plant-based product. This stage includes a critical make-or-buy assessment.

Comprehensive Product & Packaging Brief: Develop a detailed brief that resonates with your brand’s core values and market needs, alongside a thorough project plan and deliverables.

Phase 2: Find & Develop

Identify Potential Manufacturing Partners: Leverage Cibus Nexum’s extensive network and deep industry expertise to locate suitable manufacturing partners.

Rigorous Vetting and Engagement: Form a refined shortlist, ensuring each candidate meets your unique production requirements.

New Product Development (NPD): In parallel, engage with a specialized food developer partner for NPD. This process focuses on innovation and securing intellectual property rights for clients, ensuring that new products are not only innovative but also proprietary.

Phase 3: Onboard

Facilitate Deep Engagements: Secure confidentiality through Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) and engage in detailed discussions with potential partners.

Proposal Reviews and Negotiations: Carefully review proposals and negotiate terms to ensure that the selected partner aligns with your business ambitions and operational criteria.

Phase 4: Launch

Action and Execution: Establish a robust action plan with the chosen co-manufacturer, encompassing all commercial and operational agreements.

First Production Run Preparation: Coordinate every aspect of the supply chain to ensure a successful product launch, from sourcing raw materials to final product delivery.

Each phase of the FoodFlow Method is interconnected, designed not only to enhance individual aspects of food production but also to ensure that the whole operation exceeds its individual components. This ecosystem of efficiency adapts and evolves to meet the specific needs of each project, guaranteeing that the end product excels in quality, innovation, and market alignment.

Implementing the FoodFlow Method in your plant-based dairy transition streamlines your process, mitigates risks, and ensures that your products consistently meet the highest standards of quality and market relevance.

For a comprehensive step-by-step guide on implementing the FoodFlow Method in your operations, please visit Cibus Nexum's FoodFlow Method Web Page.

Real-World Success Stories

Note to Readers

The following case studies are based on real scenarios where Cibus Nexum's FoodFlow Method has been applied. The names of the companies have been anonymized to maintain confidentiality and respect our clients' privacy.

Case Studies: Demonstrating the Effectiveness of the FoodFlow Method

Case Study 1: "EuroLacta" - Launching a Plant-Based Dairy Drink


EuroLacta, a leading international dairy corporation, sought to launch its first-ever plant-based dairy drink. They had developed the recipe in-house but lacked the production capabilities in their existing facilities. Time-to-market was a critical factor.

The FoodFlow Method in Action:

  • Rapid Team Integration
    Within days, Cibus Nexum placed two experienced professionals into their project team.
  • Efficient Co-Manufacturer Onboarding
    In just a few months, the right co-manufacturing partner was identified and onboarded, ensuring a swift transition from concept to production.


The plant-based dairy drink was successfully launched, marking a significant milestone in the company's history. The swift and effective approach illustrated the adaptability and efficiency of the FoodFlow Method in facilitating new product introductions.

Case Study 2: " FjordMjölk" - Developing a Plant-Based Spoonable Dessert


FjordMjölk, an international dairy corporation, aimed to develop a plant-based spoonable dessert for a local brand to stand out in a highly competitive market. The challenge was to create a product with specific nutritional properties, aligning it with the brand's identity while differentiating it from competitors. The company needed a unique recipe, as none existed yet, and they faced internal resource limitations and sensitivities.

The FoodFlow Method in Action:

  • Nutritional Recipe Development: A specialized food developer was quickly brought on board to develop a base recipe focusing on the required nutritional properties, initiating the first steps in a pilot plant.
  • Coordinated Co-Manufacturer Search: Simultaneously, Cibus Nexum's team of experts began the search for suitable co-manufacturers, navigating the complexities of producing a nutritionally specific plant-based dessert.
  • Internal Collaboration and Momentum: The project generated increasing internal enthusiasm, shifting perceptions within the company. The initiative, initially seen as a challenging venture, gradually garnered wide support, transforming the project dynamics positively. By our client we were called a Speedboat, executing the project in an agile but connected way, whilst the mothership continued her steady course.


FjordMjölk successfully developed and launched their plant-based spoonable dessert, which not only met but exceeded the market's nutritional expectations. This case study demonstrates the FoodFlow Method's effectiveness in overcoming resource constraints and internal company dynamics, while fostering innovation and collaboration in developing distinctive, nutritionally targeted plant-based products.

Expertise and Experience of Cibus Nexum

Emphasizing Cibus Nexum’s Domain Expertise

Cibus Nexum stands as a beacon of expertise in the realm of plant-based dairy production and food innovation. Our proficiency is rooted in a deep understanding of the dairy industry’s evolution, especially in the transition to plant-based alternatives. This expertise extends across various facets of the industry, from technological innovation and market analysis to supply chain management and consumer trends.

  • Innovative Approach
    Pioneering in implementing forward-thinking strategies like the FoodFlow Method, Cibus Nexum has consistently stayed ahead of industry trends.
  • Technological and Market Savvy
    Our team comprises specialists who bring a wealth of knowledge in both the technological aspects of food production and the nuanced dynamics of the market.
  • Sustainability Focus
    Recognizing the growing importance of sustainable practices, we integrate eco-friendly and ethical considerations into our strategic planning and execution.

Track Record of Reliability and Success

Cibus Nexum’s history is marked by a series of successful collaborations and projects that showcase our ability to deliver results. Our track record speaks to our commitment to excellence and reliability:

  • Diverse Portfolio
    From multinational dairy corporations to innovative startups, our portfolio includes a wide range of successful projects.
  • Positive Feedback and Repeat Business
    A testament to our effectiveness, many clients return to us for new projects, valuing our insight and results-driven approach.
  • Industry Recognition
    Acknowledged for our innovative solutions and contributions to the industry, Cibus Nexum has earned recognition and trust within the dairy sector.

Risks of a Non-Specialized Approach

Highlighting the Risks and Drawbacks

Opting for a non-specialized approach in transitioning to plant-based dairy manufacturing poses several risks:

  1. Inefficient Resource Utilization
    Without specialized expertise, resources may be misallocated, leading to inefficiencies and increased costs.
  2. Technological and Market Misalignment
    Lacking in-depth understanding of the unique requirements of plant-based production can result in products that fail to meet market standards or consumer expectations.
  3. Compliance and Quality Challenges
    Without the guidance of experts, maintaining compliance with industry standards and achieving high-quality outputs becomes more difficult.
  4. Delayed Market Entry
    In a rapidly evolving market, a non-specialized approach can lead to slower development and production cycles, hindering timely market entry and competitiveness.
  5. Stakeholder Resistance and Internal Challenges
    Without the nuanced approach offered by specialists like Cibus Nexum, companies may face increased internal resistance and stakeholder management challenges.

Choosing a specialized approach like the FoodFlow Method mitigates these risks, ensuring a smoother, more efficient, and successful transition to plant-based dairy production. With Cibus Nexum, companies can navigate the complexities of this evolving landscape with confidence and expertise.

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Summarizing the Journey to Plant-Based Excellence

The shift towards plant-based dairy production is not just a trend but a necessary evolution in the food industry. Cibus Nexum stands at the forefront of this transition, offering the FoodFlow Method - a tailored, efficient, and strategic approach to overcome the unique challenges of this sector. With our deep-rooted expertise, extensive experience, and a proven track record, we guide companies through the complexities of transitioning to plant-based dairy production.

Our case studies with "EuroLacta" and " FjordMjölk" demonstrate our ability to navigate diverse challenges, from recipe development to stakeholder engagement and efficient production. We understand the importance of sustainability, consumer expectations, and market alignment, ensuring that every project we undertake not only meets but exceeds industry standards.

Take the Next Step with Cibus Nexum

Are you ready to transform your dairy production to meet the rising demand for plant-based alternatives? Do you seek a partner who can provide expert guidance, innovative solutions, and a successful transition strategy? Look no further than Cibus Nexum.

Reach Out to Us

Contact Cibus Nexum today to discuss how we can assist in elevating your dairy production to the next level. Whether you're exploring plant-based options for the first time or looking to enhance your existing offerings, our team is ready to bring your vision to life.

Schedule a Consultation

Embark on this transformative journey with a consultation that will redefine your approach to dairy production. Our specialists are eager to understand your challenges, share insights, and offer solutions that will revolutionize your operations.

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Don't wait to make a change that could redefine your position in the food industry. Contact us now to learn more about the FoodFlow Method, or schedule a consultation. It's time to transform your dairy production with a method that promises not just to meet but to exceed your expectations.

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