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our journey to mana

Hi, I am Vidisha and I am so happy you found mana! Let me help you reimagine your life dairy-free, but first, let me tell you why!

about mana 

At Mana, we want to reimagine what dairy-free food can be! We believe that food is an art form, and choosing to go dairy-free shouldn't mean compromising on taste or health. Our journey started with a simple yet powerful idea: to create dairy-free products that taste just as delicious as their traditional counterparts, catering to those with lactose intolerance, eco-conscious individuals, and food enthusiasts alike. What sets us apart is our dedication to combining food science with traditional techniques, ensuring our products are free from fillers, gums, oils, or additives. This commitment underscores our promise to deliver high-quality, satisfying alternatives to traditional dairy products.

Mana is driven by a fundamental question: What defines taste and texture in food, and how can we use the properties from dairy? This question arose from the founder's personal experience of loving food but being allergic to dairy. Constantly having to explain her allergy at dinner parties, while also bringing delicious dairy-free options, inspired the creation of Mana. We want to open minds and palates to the flavorful world of dairy-free food, offering tasty alternatives that everyone can enjoy.

from the founder

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My journey with Mana is deeply personal, stemming from a personal struggle and a quest for better food choices. As a teenager facing the challenges of a dairy allergy, I encountered a pivotal moment that would shape the trajectory of my life. Instead of resigning myself to a dairy-free existence, I pondered the potential of food.

Hi, I am Vidisha, the founder of mana.

Formerly educated and trained as an aerospace engineer, my personal experiences and scientific background converged, propelling me toward a singular mission: to craft dairy-free alternatives that mirrored the taste and texture of their dairy counterparts. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, I questioned the conventional wisdom: What truly defines cheese, and why must it always be linked to dairy? Thus began the journey to mana.

Rather than accepting the status quo, I embarked on a journey to create alternatives that matched the real deal. Through Mana, my hope is to offer a world where dairy-free food is enjoyed by all, without compromise.

- Vidisha Sarda





& the process

Respecting the time long traditions and techniques of cheesemaking, our selection of artisanal dairy-free
cheeses is made using the same traditional cheese-making techniques. We have gone back to the question of what makes cheese a cheese.

This is why Mana’s cheeses taste unique and delicious – we do not use added flavors, oils, or gums to mimic the ‘cheese’ flavor. Every cheese has a distinct flavor profile depending on the medium and bacterium cultures used. 


Our vision is to provide an alternative variety of cheeses that a larger population
can enjoy, including the cheese connoisseurs. If you’re looking to be pleasantly surprised and love good
food, give them a try! All our cheeses are handcrafted in small batches.

vegan lactose-free cheese
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