Welcome to the National Hemp Association’s In Conversation Series where we highlight our business members and affiliates. 

In this installment, NHA Assistant Executive Director, Anna Chanthavongseng, interviews Veronica Fil of Grounded Foods

Plant-based Cheese Made From Hemp?

What product do you create when you combine an award winning chef and a behavioral economist? Dairy-free hemp cheese!

Co-founders, Veronica Fil and Shaun Quade, founded Grounded Foods, a food company that combines cauliflower, hempseeds, and other ingredients to create plant-base cheese. This wife and husband duo wanted to create a platform for alternative dairy-free cheese, that was cooked up by Chef Quade. Before moving to the United States, they ran a fine dining restaurant in Australia. At their restaurant, they incorporated blind tastings where the diners didn’t know what they’ll be served; great for any adventurous guest. At this particular tasting there was a plate that had a cheeseball — aesthetically different from the other dishes. When Veronica had a taste of this cheeseball, she thought it was just ordinary cheese, but a year later she found out it was made from hempseeds! “As an economist, I was like ‘hang on, this is really really interesting, this makes a lot sense, there’s nothing like this on the market.’ It solves a lot of problems, like in terms of scalability, sustainability, and functionality.”

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