Bite by bite we can make a difference
Conventional dairy production places a heavy burden on the climate with intensive water consumption and high CO2 emissions. PlanetDairy is a Danish start-up that reimagines dairy traditions by developing products with lower carbon footprint. We believe that every single decision one makes can contribute to making a difference to our planet.
Audu is a Danish innovation, a marriage of cheese and plant-based ingredients. The plant-based component emits significantly less CO2 than the animal-based part – that’s why Audu emits 40% less CO2. We are constantly working to improve the climate footprint of our products with the latest knowledge and technologies.
Keep an eye out for Audu
Bite by bite we’re reimagining dairy and creating a new future with CO2-reduced dairy. Now that is a bright spark.
We are Audu
We love cheese and dairy products. We are passionate about developing new products that are just as flavourful, full of good, wholesome nutrition at a reasonable price – and with far lower carbon footprint.
Produced in Denmark
Audu is produced in Denmark in cooperation with our partner Falengreen in Skanderborg. Quality assurance and guarantee for Danish food safety without a doubt.
Audu has been tested and optimized in collaboration with Danish commercial kitchens
“We cook for 250 people every day”, says Anette Holm Pilgaard, who is the cafeteria manager in Tilst Skole, and she continues: “We are very interested in initiatives that can improve our carbon footprint. Therefore, it’s incredibly pleasing when we are presented with new products like those from Planet Dairy. When we can substitute them one-to-one with of our current ingredients, it’s truly fantastic. At our school, we use the products for lasagne, cheese twists, pizza, and as toppings.”
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So, what do you think about Audu? Please tell us!
What, how, why?
Who is behind Audu?
Behind the brand Audu are Jakob Skovgaard, Jesper Colding, and Paul Cornillon, who founded the company PlanetDairy in January 2022. PlanetDairy has development facilities in Agro Food Park in Aarhus.
What does Audu mean?
Audu is inspired by the first being in Norse mythology, Auðumbla. Auðumbla means the 'milk-rich cow,' which was a primeval cow that provided milk to the giant Ymir. From Ymir's body, the world was formed. Auðumbla licked Buri out of a salt lick – he was a primeval giant and the ancestor of the gods. He was the father of Borr, and when Borr married Bestla, together they had Odin, Vili, and Ve, some of the most prominent of gods.
Auðumbla's role in Norse mythology highlights the theme of creation, as she indirectly contributed to the emergence of the divine and the formation of the cosmos.
What types of cheese+plant-based ingredient combinations are available under the Audu brand?
Audu has the following variants, one with shredded mozarella and plant ingredients and the other with shredded cheddar and plant ingredients.
How is Audu produced?
Audu blends an animal-based component from the cow with plant-based components from legumes, coconut oil, and rapeseed oil. This preserves the taste that comes from cow's milk – and enriches it with plant-based ingredients that have a much lower carbon footprint in their production.
Where is Audu produced?
Audu is produced in Skanderborg, Denmark by Falengreen.
Where can I buy Audu?
Audu can be purchased from wholesalers and a number of grocery stores in Denmark. Contact us to find a wholesaler near you.
In what ways can I use Audu?
Can I use Audu products the same way I use normal cheese?
You can use Audu exactly the same way as you have when eating and using cheese. We strive to create products without sacrifice on the most important aspects, where a majority of people won't notice any difference in taste, functionality, and nutrition.
Audu and nutrition
Is Audu as nutritional as cheese made from 100% cow milk?
We have carefully selected the ingredients we use to maintain a high and diverse protein content. Audu contains both animal protein from cheese and plant protein from legumes and has a fat content that is on par with similar types of cheese. Audu's products are comparable to other cheeses in terms of nutrition and are a valuable addition to a healthy and varied diet.
Are there any artificial additives in Audu's products?
No, Audu's products do not contain any artificial additives.
Is there a difference between plant protein and animal protein?
Proteins are composed of amino acids, and there are 9 essential amino acids. Plant-based proteins do not always have a complete amino acid chain, as you would often find in animal proteins, such as egg protein. Additionally, plant protein may not be completely absorbed by the body.
This is not to say that plant proteins are not valuable. Peas, in particular, are one of the best plant sources of protein in terms of amino acid profile and bioavailability, containing all essential amino acids. However, pea protein is slightly lower in the amino acid methionine, but fish, eggs, quinoa, and oats have a higher methionine content, which can be used to supplement.
The legumes we use are transformed into pea powder, which undergoes heat treatment that actually improves digestibility, making it just as digestible as cow's milk protein. If you eat a varied and healthy diet, you are likely to meet your protein needs – even when increasing your plant protein intake.
CO2 and greenhouse gases
What are greenhouse gases?
A greenhouse gas is any gas in the atmosphere that absorbs and re-emits heat, thus keeping the planet's atmosphere warmer than it would otherwise be. The most important greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere are water vapor, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and ozone.
Greenhouse gases occur naturally in Earth's atmosphere, and is reabsorbed by the plants and earth, but human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels increase the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere faster than the earth can absorb, causing global warming and climate change.
What is CO2e?
“CO2e” (Carbon Dioxide Equivalent) is a term that describes different greenhouse gases in a common unit. For any amount and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e is the amount of CO2 that would have an equivalent effect on global warming.
A quantity of greenhouse gas can be expressed as CO2e by multiplying the amount of greenhouse gas by its warming potential. For example, the greenhouse gas methane (which is the gas cows belch out) is 25 times more warming than CO2. Therefore, if 1 kg of methane is emitted, this can be expressed as 25 kg CO2e (1 kg CH4 x 25 = 25 kg CO2e).
How do you calculate CO2?
We have chosen to collaborate with CarbonCloud, an independent organization that provides CO2 calculations using a scientific method. We will always link our CO2 declarations to CarbonCloud or another independent third party. All aspects of the product's manufacturing are included in its CO2 impact. This means that feed, agriculture, production, and transportation/storage are accounted for in the entire value chain. Read more about it Carbon Cloud here
How do you reduce CO2?
The plant-based component in our products emits significantly less CO2 in their production than the animal-based part. This reduces the product's overall CO2 profile. The first Audu products have a minimum of 40% less CO2 content compared to equivalent cheeses that are 100% animal-based.