In May, the world’s leading almond producer Blue Diamond Growers launched five Almond Breeze brand vegan corner yoghurts. Blue Diamond is driving the market for dairy alternatives forward with this expansion of its product range.
The new yogurt alternatives are made from almond milk. They are available in the USA in 150g (5.3 oz) portions with five different toppings:
- Roasted almonds
- Chocolate almonds & chocolate chips
- Coconut almonds & chocolate chips
- Blueberry almonds & oat clusters
- Sea salt caramel & pretzel.
The yoghurt is also available in a 680g (24 oz) pot in the flavours Original and Vanilla. According to the manufacturer, all varieties are free of common allergens such as lactose and soya.
Blue Diamond brand marketing manager Suzanne Hagener believes this new product is exactly what customers want. “Consumers are seeking more delicious plant-based foods. We believe our yogurt, made from Almond Breeze almond milk, is the perfect way to satisfy the need for tasty plant-based options,” Hagener says. “Dairy-free can be exciting, and that’s exactly what we’ve created here,” she adds.
With these new products, Blue Diamond is continuing its innovation efforts in the almond milk product segment, responding to the growing demand for plant-based food alternatives. Across the US, more and more consumers are looking for dairy-free products – both vegans and omnivores. The high demand is mainly attributable to health conditions such as lactose intolerance and cows’ milk allergy. But concerns about the use of hormones and antiobiotics in animal agriculture are also boosting sales of vegan products.
Other companies have also responded to this trend. Danone announced in February 2019 that it had increased its production capacity for plant-based yoghurt alternatives.