KanPak founder seeks to disrupt US alt-milk category with Strive Nutrition launch – just-food.com

The man who created aseptic food business KanPak is now attempting to disrupt the US alt-milk category with his new venture, Strive Nutrition.

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Andy Coyne

The man who created aseptic food and beverages supplier KanPak and built it into an international business is attempting to disrupt the US alt-milk category with his new venture, Strive Nutrition.

Food processing and packaging veteran Dennis Cohlmia, Strive Nutrition’s founder and CEO, has teamed up with US animal-free dairy ingredients supplier Perfect Day to create a range of protein-enhanced products.

Cohlmia hopes Strive Nutrition’s alliance with Perfect Day, which has become a minority shareholder in the firm, will provide it with a USP in a crowded marketplace.

He has more than 40 years of experience in developing foods using only natural ingredients without the need for preservatives. He founded KanPak, which makes food and drink products in a bacteria-free environment, in 1980 and built it into an international business with plants in the US, Mexico & China before selling it in 2016.

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Strive Nutrition’s alt-milk products – available in variants including oat and almond – are vegan, lactose-, gluten- and cholesterol-free and contain essential amino acids and omega 3 fatty acids.