Reine artisanal cheese rounds are certified vegan, creamy, sliceable, flavorful and nutritious.
They are rich with live probiotics, resulting in natural tanginess reminiscent of dairy cheese but without any animal products. The active cultures will allow your rounds to continue to age and sharpen in your refrigerator as you keep them.
Reine (pronounced “Ren”) is French for Queen.
Our VISION is to provide a line of premium, plant-based, vegan cheese made of the highest quality possible. Our cheeses are created by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a strong background in food science, filling a need for vegan cheeses that are more nutritionally sound and with better flavor than are currently available. Reine is committed to using NO fillers (flours, starches, gums or added saturated fats like coconut oil or palm) like so many vegan food producers on the market do to finish foods quickly, harden the cheese overnight or stretch production volume.
We source organic, ethically-traded ingredients, spending many hours in our test kitchen revising each product until it meets our discriminating standards.
Every artisanal wheel is concentrated in nutrition, made in small batches of less than 300 units at a time, slowly and carefully, using real food and old-world techniques. The result is an artfully-prepared composition of taste that rivals even the best original (non-vegan) counterpart.
Our MISSION is to create superior, high-end, vegan cheese without the use of animal products, fillers, added saturated fats or artificial ingredients.
Our PURPOSE goes beyond products or profit. We are a small, independent women-led company and plan to remain so. We are 100% self-funded and continue to decline public or government assistance, investorship, corporatization or other offers that may dilute our goal of remaining a small, self-contained, American, artisan vegan cheese manufacturing company. We cap the number of buyers able to obtain our product to preserve excellent production standards for ourselves, our staff and our products. While our goal is to create the best tasting, most nutritious and ethically-conscious, plant-based products possible, we strive to use our business resources to help alleviate animal suffering as well as human food disparities amongst communities with limited access to healthy food.
The ways in which we accomplish these goals are through advocacy, donations and support:
-Maintain Vegan certification of our products via Vegan.org which vet each ingredient carefully for freedom from animal products, materials or testing.
-Procure ethically-sourced, fair-trade organic ingredients from local sources, whenever possible.
-Provide ongoing donations to local, regional and national animal rescue groups and sanctuaries.
-Provide ongoing donations to local, regional and national urban and BIPOC farmers and other organizations doing ground-level work to grow, hire, educate and feed communities where food deserts and lack of nutrition exist.
-Vote where applicable on food policies, animal rights, BIPOC, LGBT and gender equality issues.
-Provide a safe, comfortable, diverse and inclusive workplace for our employees and contractors.
Contributions/Advocacy to date (and ongoing):
Humane Society of Ventura County
Santa Paula Animal Rescue
Wishtoyo Chumash Ventura Coast Keepers
Crop Swap LA
Because of Them We Can
Monetary and case management assistance for local community unhoused individuals
Reine cheeses are perfect for your vegan cheese plates and platters. We purposely make sizes that allow you to try several different flavors instead of having to choose just one!
We recommend enjoying them sliced with fresh or dried fruit, marmalade, preserves, balsamic or wine reduction sauces, served alongside your favorite crackers, toasts and baguettes. They make a flavorful addition to sandwiches, wraps, pizza, salads or anything you can think of!