KANSAS CITY — Milk is getting a makeover — several, in fact — as CPG manufacturers debut new plant-based, grass-fed and zero sugar varieties.
Good Karma Foods is launching Plantmilk, a new plant-based milk alternative made with a blend of flax, oat and peas. The beverage features the creaminess of 2% milk and five times the protein as almond milk, according to the company, along with 800 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. Good Karma Plantmilk comes in original, vanilla and chocolate varieties.
“We believe in foods and beverages that are nutritious and delicious and let plants shine,” said Doug Radi, chief executive officer of Good Karma Foods. “By blending the best of oats, peas and flax in our Plantmilk, we’ve introduced an alternative to alternative milks that’s creamier, delicious and nutritious. Put simply, it’s the cream of the crops.”
Organic Valley is rolling out Fat Free Grassmilk, made with milk from third-party certified grass-fed cows on organic family farms. The cows are on pasture for more than 150 days per year and are fed 100% grass and dried forages year-round. Organic Valley Fat Free Grassmilk contains vitamins A and D and is USDA certified organic.
“Animal care is vitally important to us, and cows outside in the fresh air, grazing lush, green pastures and eating grass are happier and healthier,” said Alex Schams, brand manager for Organic Valley. “We've seen that happy, healthy cows produce better-tasting, more nutritious milk. And with an extensive network of farmer-owners who dedicate their herds to Grassmilk production, Organic Valley is uniquely qualified to meet the demand for a fat-free grass-fed organic milk that will delight consumers looking for a delicious new way to meet their daily dairy nutritional requirements.”
Maple Hill Creamery is launching Zero Sugar Organic Ultra-Filtered Milk, which is 100% grass-fed, USDA certified organic and sourced from small family farms in New York. Maple Hill’s Zero Sugar Organic Whole Milk contains 8 grams of protein and 110 calories, and the Reduced Fat variety contains 8 grams of protein and 80 calories.
“The word that comes to mind when I think about Zero Sugar Organic Milk is freedom,” said Carl Gerlach, chief executive officer of Maple Hill. “It’s freedom to enjoy cow’s milk without the worry or guilt over sugar, carbs or lactose. Freedom for parents to provide nutritious milk to their children with no sugar or sweeteners. Freedom to have milk in your coffee again.”