LAKEWOOD, COLO. — Einstein Bros. Bagels is testing a dairy-free shmear, featuring a creamy, light texture and salty, tangy flavor, in response to growing demand for plant-based foods and beverages. The product was developed in partnership with Daiya Foods, Inc., Vancouver.

“Our guests have requested dairy-free options, and we heard them loud and clear,” said Jose Alberto Dueñas, chief executive officer of Einstein Bros. Bagels. “We’re thrilled to offer dairy-free alternatives, among our other menu offerings. We are committed to creating new ways to cater to our guests’ dietary needs and chosen lifestyles.”

Seventy per cent of the bagels on Einstein Bros.’s menu are dairy-free, including plain and everything varieties. The company also is introducing an almond milk latte nationwide. The beverage is available hot or iced and features Caribou Coffee brand espresso.

The Vegan Shmear will be available nationwide through Feb. 28.