Heidi Ho Vegan Cheese Now Available Nationwide at Whole Foods

Heidi Ho vegan cheese leadership

Heidi Lovig and Lyssa Story of Heidi Ho

The buzz about Heidi Ho’s vegan cheeses has been on the rise ever since the Portland-based company got its start back in 2011. Then, after co-founder Heidi Lovig made an unforgettable appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank last year, (scoring a deal with Lori Grenier), the company has helped changed people’s perceptions of plant-based cheese in a major way.

The company’s five products weren’t available everywhere, however, so lots of non-dairy eaters have been clamoring to get their mouths around the organic, vegan creations. The good news is, they’re now national. Whole Foods is carrying them coast to coast.

Lovig — who runs the company along with her partner Lyssa Story — actually landed Whole Foods national about a year ago, and the product rollout happened throughout the early part of 2015. Florida was the only holdout, and the state’s stores finally started stocking the cheeses as of September. The options include a Creamy Chia Cheeze, Spicy! Chia Cheeze, Smoky Chia Cheeze (FYI all of which are perfect for nachos) and Ne Chèvre, a live-culture cashew cheeze in Pure and Black Lava varieties.

“We have eight regions that have all five [cheeses] and then we have three regions that have three,” Lovig tells Latest Vegan News.

“Whole Foods has been so great to work with — they gave me money to grow my business. We’re a part of their Local Producer Loan Program,” she explains. Initially, the grocer gave the company $20,000, but then offered another $100,000 if Lovig could find a way to go national. She did.

Whole Foods isn’t the only retailer to carry Heidi Ho — it’s also available at Sprouts markets and plenty of other spots (check the store finder on the company’s website to see where it’s on sale near you).

As far as the future, Heidi Ho is just getting started.

“We’ve got some really exciting and innovative products coming out in 2016 that are just in development right now,” Lovig said. “They’re super top secret in a vault.”

“It [product development] is one of my favorite parts of the job. I rarely get to do it, and that’s why we haven’t had any new innovations because we’ve just been growing so fast. But we have enough support now that I’m able to step into my test facility.”

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A wizard of words, lover of all living things and vegan mac 'n cheese master, Hannah is the Editor-In-Chief and Founder of LatestVeganNews.com. Her writing has appeared in Live Happy magazine, the Miami New Times, OneGreenPlanet.com, MindBodyGreen.com, and numerous other publications and websites. She's obsessed with Cocowhip, Just Mayo and Dandies marshmallows, and is totally addicted to the outdoors. You can reach Hannah directly at hannah.sentenac@gmail.com.

13 Responses

  1. Edith says:

    We just discovered it in our Safeway store (Placerville, Ca) and when we went to buy it again, we were told they stopped carrying it 🙁 We loved the “Ne Chevre” and introduced our son and daughter-in-law (omnivores) to it and they loved it too and proceeded to buy it at their Whole Foods in San Francisco 🙂 We mail ordered it and are anxiously waiting to introduce our family to it in our recipe for vegan “Spanakopita” at Thanksgiving (better than the traditional egg and dairy version, BTW)

  2. Wendy says:

    We do not have a whole foods in our area. We need to be able to buy this online. You should talk to Amazon. At the bottom of the Amazon site it is for people wanting to sell their products there. You should consider.. if it’s as good as everyone says it is.. we are anxious to try it.

  3. Bonnie Hickey says:

    We don’t have a Whole Foods near us and I would love to find it at Trader Joe’s or online.
    It soundfs great!

  4. OUTraged says:

    Never saw those at any Whole Foods here.

  5. Brenda Delgado says:

    We do not have a whole foods store in watertown ny would like to see it in one of the stores we do have maybe in save alot

  6. amilou m pickett says:

    what store’s are they in….. in wisconsin

  7. Gloria Foster says:

    I love the HeidiHo Smoky Chia Cheeze! Great with sauteed mushrooms and grated garlic & ?? over pasta!

  8. Rhea Breidel says:

    I live in LACrosse WI. What is the nearest store to by Heidi Ho products.

  9. Victoria L. Davis says:

    I just saw your episode on Shark Tank and I am going into Whole Foods to check out your Cheese. I am so excited to read your ingredients and hope that I can purchase it. I love cheese but cheese doesn’t love me.,

  10. MARILYN CLARK says:

    where can I find in Adelanto California

  11. Renee says:

    I’d love to find it in Buffalo, NY!!

  12. Kay Dyk says:

    So excited about this product but live in Australia. Any thoughts on exporting and possibly squeeze tube packaging for this?

  13. Julius Rosenberg says:

    Love your product line and have recommended to my friends.Here are my ideas for future products. How about ice cream with your planted ingredients , with the use of steva. Could you make hard cheeses & yogurt ?

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