Almond milk producers launch new barista-formulated almond milk launched for cafes

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 27th August 2014
Almond milk producers launch new barista-formulated almond milk launched for cafes
Almond milk producers launch new barista-formulated almond milk launched for cafes

California-based almond growers and almond products company Blue Diamond Growers has launched a new ‘Almond Breeze Barista Blend’ in Australia. The almond milk has been specially formulated for baristas.

The new barista-formulated blend is part of the ‘Almond Breeze’ range, which Blue Diamond Growers said was “the fastest-growing brand, in terms of value, in the non-dairy milk category with a 35 per cent market share and sales growth exceeding 130 per cent year-on-year”.

AlmondBreeze is a leading international brand of almond milk. It is a delicious low-fat milk alternative made from almonds, a natural super-food, and it is completely free from dairy, eggs, lactose, casein, peanuts and gluten. The unique formula in AlmondBreeze comes from Blue Diamond, The Almond People, who have over 100 years’ experience in growing and harvesting the world’s finest almonds. Launching in Australia in April 2012 after a decade of success in the US, AlmondBreeze is produced locally with manufacturing and production facilities at Taren Point, Sydney.

‘Almond Breeze Barista Blend’ developed with baristas

Blue Diamond Growers said the ‘Almond Breeze Barista Blend’ had been specially developed in partnership with a group of leading baristas and is designed to “deliver great taste and rich creamy froth to sit atop lattes, cappuccinos and flat whites”.

“Cafes, coffee shops and other players in the food service category will now be able to tap the growing demand from almond milk drinkers by delivering great tasting – and great looking – coffees to their customers,” said Roger Ringwood, Australian Manager for Blue Diamond Growers.

“The number of consumers shifting from dairy alternatives such as soy to almond milk has been  significant over the past 12 months, with almond milk now accounting for 25 per cent of all non-dairy milks sold today,” Mr Ringwood said.

“Through working with baristas and café owners, we learnt that more and more consumers are asking for almond milk in their lattes and cappuccinos,” Mr Ringwood said. “It was critically important to develop a quality product that performs just like milk, complements good coffee in terms of taste and provides the consistency when frothing, which is key to visual appeal,” he said.

“Additional revenue opportunities” for cafes with almond milk trend

Blue Diamond Growers said the new ‘Almond Breeze Barista Blend’ would provide additional revenue opportunities for those in the food service sector keen to ride this wave of change as consumers migrate to almond milk “for its great taste and health properties, including being lactose free, low GI and low in calories and fat”.

Blue Diamond Growers said the ‘Almond Breeze Barista Blend’ has “only 60 calories per serving”, and that a coffee made with ‘Almond Breeze Barista Blend’ “contains 30 per cent less calories than a skim milk or regular soy coffee”.

‘Almond Breeze Barista Blend’ will be sold into cafes and coffee shops via the food service arm of Sydney-based Freedom Foods, the licensee of the ‘Almond Breeze’ range of products in the Australian market. The product is conveniently packaged in 1 litre UHT and will be priced competitively with other non-dairy alternatives, including soy.