Hi, I'm Lauren. I'm the founder of LOCA. I wanted to make a cheese sauce that tastes just like the jarred stuff you might have grown up eating - minus the dairy. So I created LOCA - a potato-based cheesy sauce for modern times.
Growing up in the American South, I was raised on a meat-and-dairy diet that considered macaroni & cheese a vegetable. I ate my way through Arkansas cheese dip, Memphis barbecue, and New Orleans seafood before moving to San Francisco and (after a good fight!) thriving on a plant-based diet.
Intrigued by my new lifestyle, my friends and family back home began transitioning to plant-based diets of their own—but made it clear that cheese sauce was something they could never give up (and I don’t blame them).
But as they searched for dairy cheese sauce alternatives in their local stores, there were only a few options, most of which were expensive, nut-based, or both. That’s when I decided to pivot my career to focus on the mission of making plant-rich, dairy-free cheese sauces that everyone can enjoy!