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The founders of The Vegetarian Butcher now have their eyes set on dismantling Big Dairy. Theyve formed a new companycalled Those Vegan Cowboysto develop plant-based dairy products.

Jaap Korteweg, a ninth-generation meat farmer, and Niko Koffeman founded The Vegetarian Butcher in the Netherlands in 2007.

Korteweg started the brand to satisfy his own craving for meatless meat. More than 4,000 outlets in 17 countries now sell The Vegetarian Butchers products.

In 2018, the duo sold the company to Unilever. The multinational consumer goods company and The Vegetarian Butcher first started working together in 2016. The two companies launched two productsVegetarian Meatballs in Tomato Sauce and Vegetarian Meatballs in Satay Sauceunder Unilevers food brand, Unox brand.

The acquisition enabled Unilever to expand its plant-based products portfolio. It also furthered The Vegetarian Butchers goal of becoming the largest butcher in the world.

We want to take the next stepconquer the world, Korteweg said following the Unilever acquisition. It is our mission to make plant-based meat the standard.

After developing plant-based meat, Korteweg and Koffeman are working on a new business venture. Theyre now creating vegetable-based dairyincluding milk, butter, and cheese.

The development of a stainless steel cow that goes into grass and milk comes out, without the hassle of animals, is a long-cherished wish of mine, Korteweg told Business Insider. He added: Now that Unilever has taken over our dream to make The Vegetarian Butcher the largest butcher in the world, we can focus on the next breakthrough next to the work for the Butcher.

Korteweg and Koffeman predict it will take seven years to get Those Vegan Cowboys products to market on a large scale.

The upscaling and traditional processing of high-quality dairy copies takes time. But if it succeeds, this project will make a very positive contribution to animal welfare, fair world food distribution, nature, the climate, and biodiversity, Korteweg told Flanders Bio.

The dairy industry is facing an uncertain future. Across the U.S., more than 3,200 dairy farms closed down in 2019. Nearly 3,000 farms closed in 2018.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, milk consumption has declined by 40 percent since 1975. In 2018, milk sales plummeted by $1.1 billion, according to The Dairy Farmers of America.

Major milk producers also closed their doors. Dean FoodsAmericas largest milk producerfiled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2019. The company claimed its declining milk sales were the cause of its mounting debts.

While conventional dairy sales plummet, plant-based milk products have been on the rise. According to research firm, MarketsandMarketsthe dairy alternatives market is projected to grow from $17.3 billion in 2018 to nearly $30 billion by 2023.

The study revealed one reason consumers are turning to plant-based milk products is that they believe a vegan diet is healthier.

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