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RIND by Dina & Joshua is a sofi™ Gold and New Product Award-winning, soft-ripened, French-style vegan cheese and became the first vegan cheese to be featured in Whole Foods Market's (NoMad NYC location) fine cheese case in 2022. RIND was named Best Blue Style Vegan Cheese by Cook's Illustrated (2021). RIND was founded in 2017 by Dina DiCenso and Joshua Katcher.  Located in Brooklyn, NY, RIND is transforming the cheese market by combining vegan innovation with cheese-making traditions. Using a proprietary blend of plant-based ingredients, cultures and old world methods, RIND’s products are both delicious and conscientious. In addition to cave-aged cheeses, RIND offers spreads, slices and more.
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We're a member!

WE MAKE PLANT-BASED, FRENCH-STYLE, SOFT-RIPENED & BLEU CHEESE

There's something about the taste of a fine cheese that activates our passions.

 

Rind is a plant-based cheese of the future that goes through a primordial process; bacteria break down the proteins & fats into many molecules that pack tons of flavors.

 

Rind uses a proprietary blend of ancient microbes, fats, proteins & sugars to make flavors that other vegan cheeses can only dream about.

 
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RIND is wholesale only.

You can purchase RIND products at one of our fantastic retailers listed below, some of which ship nationally in the United States. We are in the process of introducing new products and expanding to an international customer-base, and we thank you for your patience while we grow! Is there a business in your area you'd like to carry RIND? Tell them to reach out to us! saycheese@rind.nyc

"We were especially wowed by one blue cheese–style vegan cheese, RIND by Dina & Joshua Classic Cambleu, thanks to its balanced funk and bright punch."
- Cook's Illustrated, 2021

WHERE TO BUY

CURRENT RETAILERS

ONLINE/ NATIONAL DELIVERY

Besties Vegan Paradise - online shop
Vegan Essentials
- online shop

NORTHEAST

Basil Bandwagon - NJ

Belse - New York, NY

Cindysnacks - Huntington, NY
Coast and Valley - Brooklyn, NY

Commissary - New Paltz, NY

Culinary Architecture - Baltimore, MD
DC Vegan - Washington DC

Di Brunos Bros. - Philadelphia, PA area

Druthers - Stonybrook, NY
Earthen - New York, NY

East End Food Co-op - Pittsburgh, PA

CTown Supermarket (Graham Ave) - Brooklyn, NY

Fairway Market (multiple locations) - NYC

Food Garden Market - Brooklyn, NY

Frinklepod Farm - Arundel, ME

Garden Carver - Brooklyn, NY

Good Beet -  Westmont, NJ

Gourmet Garage (Hudson St location) - NYC

MetFresh - Queens, NY

MetFresh - Brooklyn, NY

Nibblesford - Biddlesford, ME
Musette Wine Bar - New York, NY

Orchard Grocer - NY, NY

Peaceful Provisions, Beacon, NY

Riverdel - New York, NY

Seitan's Helper - Brooklyn, NY
ShopRite (10 locations in NJ)
Bernardsville, Chatham, Chester, Garwood, Hillsborough, Livingston, Morristown,
Somers Point, Stirling, West Orange 

Sickles Market - Red Bank, NJ

St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club - Brooklyn, NY

Sweet Maresa's - Kingston, NY

The Butcher's Daughter - (3 locations in NYC): Nolita, West Village & Williamsburg

Tuffet - Brooklyn, NY

Terms of Endearment - Brooklyn, NY

V Marks the Shop - Philadelphia, PA

Whole Foods Market (6 locations in NYC): Columbus Circle, NoMad, Manhattan West, Third and 3rd (Brooklyn), Tribeca & Williamsburg

WEST

Besties Vegan Paradise - Los Angeles, CA
Crossroads Kitchen - Calabasas, CA

Crossroads Kitchen - Los Angeles, CA

Crossroads Kitchen - Las Vegas, NV

Finch & Pine - Seattle, WA

Graze Kitchen - Las Vegas, NV

Max's Market - Big Fork, MT

Plantiful Kitchen - Carlsbad, CA

PLANTX / Xmarket - Venice, CA

Poco Restaurant & Market - Bisbee, AZ

Silver Oak Winery - Sonoma, CA

Vreamery - Paso Robles, CA

WYNN Hotels & Restaurants - Las Vegas

MIDWEST

Bexley Natural Market, Columbus, OH

Charcuteray - Tulsa, OK

Devries & Co 1887 - Detroit, MI

Marchant Manor Cheese - Cleveland Heights, OH

Madame Zuzu's - Highland Park, IL 

PLANTX / XMarket - Chicago, IL (Uptown)

Spirit Elephant - Winnetka, IL

SOUTH

Black Radish - Tampa, FL

MUST Wine Loft - St. Pete, FL

 
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"Rind makes a striking centerpiece for a cheeseboard. Resembling a Camembert, but with dark bleu veins running through its rind, like a blue cheese, this cheese’s interior is soft, buttery, and yeasty. You might not guess by its appearance that the wedge is actually plant-based and vegan."
- The Boston Globe, 2020

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MELTY SLICES ARE HERE.

RIND is excited to introduce our  sofi™ Award-winning, delectable Carrot Cheese Slices that will make you melt! Winning the 2022 New Product Award from the speciality Food Association, these are made with real carrots. Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free. Creamy, robust and cheesy flavor with a melty, gooey and luscious texture when heated. Available in retail and food-service sizes. For more information, contact us: saycheese@rind.nyc

 
 

DAIRY IN DECLINE

WHAT MOOVES US

The dairy industry is in a downward spiral. In November 2019, one of the largest dairy manufacturers, Dean Foods, filed for bankruptcy, confirming the global trend away from dairy and dairy products. Livestock and dairy experts have recently said their industry would be gone in ten years due to the "vegan tide"*. With veganism up 500% since 2014* and with an expanding groundswell of lucrative plant-based milk options, major companies are now acquiring smaller plant-based start-ups left and right. 

Dairy farmers have seen the writing on the wall and some are even transitioning to plant-based milk operations, with great success. After 90 years in business, New York State's Elmhurst Dairy switched over to nut-milk*, in Sweden, Orebro stopped milking cows & now milks oats, and in 2019, Giacomazzi Dairy*, a 125 year old California dairy farm, switched over to growing almonds.*

With dairy in decline, the global vegan cheese market size is currently values at 2.2 billion USD and is expected to reach USD 5.64 billion by 2028, registering a CAGR of 12.4% over the forecast period.*  RIND is perfectly positioned to fill a major void in the market: bloomy, European-style, aged, plant-based cheeses. The vegan cheese market has a lot of players, but there are no current companies making aged and bloomy, soft-ripened, non-dairy cheese quite like ours.

  • Every year around 9 million cows suffer in the US dairy industry. Cows must be artificially inseminated & like all mammals, give birth in order to produce milk. Babies are torn from mothers so that humans can drink the cow's milk intended by nature for calves. Babies, if they're male, are tethered or otherwise constricted so their muscles remain tender for the veal industry, & females become baby & milk machines, themselves. All are sooner or later slaughtered when their milk production slows.

  • ~460b cubic meters of water are used for the US dairy industry annually.

  • Dairy farms pollute the air, water and land, impacting the communities by causing illness and disease​. The dairy industry accounts for about 4% of total global anthropogenic GHG emissions. 

"WE WILL NOT HAVE A DAIRY INDUSTRY IN FIVE TO TEN YEARS."

-Dr Judith Capper, a livestock sustainability consultant 

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FOUNDERS

RIND is a team of experienced vegan entrepreneurs transforming the cheese market.

 

Dina DiCenso is the founder of Gristle Tattoo, an all-vegan tattoo studio in Brooklyn, NY. She's also an NP & founded Brooklyn Nurse Practitioners, a plant-based primary care clinic. She has a PhD in Economics & an MS in Finance. 

Joshua Katcher is a designer, educator, author & lifestyle expert who founded the popular website The Discerning Brute in 2008, & the award-winning Brave GentleMan label in 2010; a sustainable, vegan luxury fashion brand that has appeared in Vogue & on the cover of GQ. Katcher published an award-winning book, Fashion Animals in 2019.

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SERVING IDEAS

CAMBRESE

Cambrese Salad

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Baked, Vegan-Honey Drizzled Stuffed Medjool Dates

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Fresh Fig, Fig Jam & Rind Tartine

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Spicy, Cheesy Vegan Sausage Tarts

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Grilled Baguette with Apples & Rind

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Cam Custard Tart

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Blackcurrant-Butter & Rind En Croute

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Plum, Rind & Beet-Prosciutto Bites

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Rice-paper Prosciutto & Rind Baguette Bites