Our story

What’s in a name? For us, everything. The Daiya name is taken from the Sanskrit word Dayaa, which means "loving, kindness and compassion". Our vision has always been to embrace our love of food, our commitment to kind living, and our compassion for people and our planet. These are the core values on which our company was founded, and they remain our driving principles today.

Our Company

Our promise

Cheese is a delicious beacon for food lovers; we want people to enjoy their savory love affair with cheese to its absolute fullest. We are committed to delivering the best-tasting dairy-free cheese possible. We simply want to give people the joy of cheese, without any compromise.


Friends and vegans for over 20 years, our founders Andre and Greg asked themselves a simple question – why was there no dairy-free option that delivered the bubbly, stretchy gooeyness of dairy cheese?

With decent culinary skills and a desire to try, the two set out to create a solution. After two years of mistakes, meltdowns and minor catastrophes, their perseverance paid off. Daiya Cheddar Style and Mozzarella Style Shreds debuted in 2009 at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California – the event where innovation gets noticed. Consumers raved, and the dairy-free cheese category was changed forever.