Plant-based dairy alternative pops up in lattes, chocolate bars, yogurts and more.
Danone North America’s Silk brand is entering the ready-to-drink coffee market with new Almond & Oat Lattes. Available in espresso and mocha flavors, the Non-GMO Project verified lattes blend cold-brew Arabica coffee with almond milk and oat milk and contain 80 to 95 mg of caffeine per serving. Additionally, the mocha variety is made with three different types of cocoa.
“Skip the line, chatter and spotty Wi-Fi with Silk Lattes — the perfect way to savor a coffeehouse-quality latte from the comfort of your home,” said David Robinson, senior brand manager for Silk. “Silk is excited to enter the coffee category with a dairy-free and hassle-free option that brings barista-quality coffee into your home, minus the upcharge.”
Silk Almond & Oat Lattes are available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $5.49 per 48-oz bottle.
Endangered Species Chocolate has brought oat milk into the chocolate bar segment with a new line of Oat Milk Chocolate Bars. The 3-oz bars contain 55% cocoa and are certified vegan and gluten-free. and come in three varieties: Oat Milk + Dark Chocolate; Oat Milk, Sea Salt & Almonds + Dark Chocolate; and Oat Milk, Rice Crisp + Dark Chocolate.
“Our consumers really dictate where we take our new product lines,” said Whitney Bembenick, director of innovation for Endangered Species Chocolate. “We saw the growing trend of milk alternative products available and we knew we needed to respond to market demand. We looked at all of the options — from almond to coconut milk — but nothing compared to the smooth, creamy taste that oat milk brought to the table. With a taste closest to cow’s milk combined with the health benefits of oat milk we knew we hit on something that was going to check off all the boxes for a healthier and tastier plant-based milk chocolate bar.”
Dunkin’ is debuting a new Oatmilk Latte, set to launch in restaurants nationwide this spring. Made with espresso and HP Hood’s Planet Oat brand oat milk, the latte is currently available at locations in California. Additionally, consumers may order oat milk in Dunkin’s hot and iced coffee, cold brew and frozen beverages.
“This new drink offers guests looking for a delicious dairy alternative a tasty twist on the brand’s beloved lattes,” Dunkin’ said.
So Delicious Dairy Free is rolling out four new Oatmilk Frozen Dessert varieties after debuting the line in February 2019. The desserts feature a creamy oat milk base and are certified vegan, Non-GMO Project verified and certified gluten-free.
The new flavors include chocolate salted caramel, made with chocolate flakes and caramel swirls mixed in a chocolate and salted caramel oat milk base; S’mores, featuring chocolate bits and marshmallow-flavored swirls of dairy-free coconut whip topping in graham cracker-flavored oat milk base; chocolate hazelnut brownie, which combines brownie dough pieces with chocolate chips and hazelnut butter all blended in a chocolate oat milk base; and creamy vanilla bean, featuring vanilla bean specks in a vanilla oat milk base.
The new varieties join the existing flavors – peanut butter and raspberry, oatmeal cookie and caramel apple crumble – in So Delicious Dairy Free’s Oatmilk Frozen Dessert lineup.
Nestle S.A. in January launched GoodNes chocolate oat milk, the first non-dairy product line under the Nesquik brand. The new product “was inspired by recent trends of consumers seeking plant-based options with more protein and less sugar,” Nestle said.
Nesquik GoodNes provides 6 grams of plant-based protein per cup from a blend of oat and pea protein and contains 40% less sugar than regular chocolate almond milk, according to the company. GoodNes contains 130 calories and 12 grams of sugar per cup and is dairy-free, gluten-free and made with non-G.M.O. ingredients.
Packaged in 46-oz bottles, GoodNes chocolate oat milk is the first variety to debut under the GoodNes line and is available for a suggested retail price of $4.59.
Danone in October 2019 expanded its Silk Oat Yeah Oatmilk portfolio with a 0 gram-sugar beverage option. Oat Yeah The 0g Sugar One is free from dairy, soy and cholesterol and contains 60 calories per 1-cup serving. The Non-GMO Project verified oat milk joins The Plain One, The Vanilla One and The Chocolate One in Silk’s Oat Yeah oat milk lineup. Danone first debuted Silk Oat Yeah Oatmilk in January 2019.
“Silk has the largest unsweetened portfolio of any plant-based beverage brand,” said Travis Hayes, brand manager for Silk. “In fact, consumer interest in options with zero grams of sugar has doubled in 2019. By introducing an oat milk with zero grams of sugar, we continue to bring innovative options to meet ever-evolving consumer preferences. Oat Yeah The 0g Sugar One combines an ultra-creamy texture and balanced taste for versatility. It’s delicious when sipped cold on its own, it serves as an excellent dairy milk alternative in recipes, and it can be used to add a tasty dollop of foam to your morning coffee.”
In October 2019, Monster Beverage Corp. added a plant-based variety to its line of coffee-based energy beverages.
Java Monster Farmer’s Oats is made with oat milk, coffee and Monster’s energy blend of taurine, ginseng and guarana. The beverage contains 200 mg of caffeine and 150 calories per 15-oz can.
Farmer’s Oats joins seven other varieties in the Java Monster lineup, which contain milk or cream.
“The sheer amount of vegan alternatives available in 2019 allows for both passionate vegans and flexitarian consumers to eat and drink together like never before,” said Geoff Kutnick, chief executive officer of food publication Foodbeast.com, which is sponsoring a launch party for the beverage. “Farmer’s Oats entrance into the marketplace couldn’t come at a better time.”
In July 2019, Silk expanded its Oat Yeah oat milk products into the yogurt aisle with Oat Yeah Oatmilkgurts. The oat milk yogurt alternatives combine gluten-free oats with live and active cultures and come in vanilla, mixed berry, strawberry, and mango flavors. All varieties are dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, certified gluten-free and Non-GMO Project verified.
“Creating a yogurt alternative was the natural next step after our well-received Silk Oat Yeah Oatmilk beverage launch earlier this year,” said Joshua Cook, brand manager of plant-based yogurt for Silk. “Oat Yeah Oatmilk Yogurt Alternatives are a tasty option for any person looking to make progress toward their health and wellness goals — whether they have specific dietary needs or are simply looking to try something new.”
Chobani, L.L.C. in November 2019 debuted a deluge of oat-based innovation. The new Chobani Oat product platform includes oat drinks, an oat drink barista blend, oat blends and oat blends with crunch. The plant-based offerings are made without nuts, dairy or lactose.
Made with whole grain organic oats, Chobani Oat drinks are gluten-free and contain 2 grams of protein and 100 to 140 calories per serving. Varieties include plain, vanilla, chocolate and plain extra creamy and are packaged in 52-oz cartons for a suggested retail price of $3.99.
Chobani Oat drink barista blend is designed to froth like steamed whole milk in coffee and tea. The blend will be available beginning in December.
Chobani Oat blends are yogurt alternatives that are dairy-free and available in vanilla, strawberry vanilla, blueberry pomegranate and peach mandarin flavors. The 5.3-oz cups provide 3 grams of plant-based protein, contain 120 to 130 calories and retail for $1.99.
Chobani Oat blends with crunch combine the company’s yogurt alternative with crunchy components. Flavors include strawberry granola crunch, blueberry almond crumble and peach coconut crunch. Sweetened with cane sugar and thickened with tapioca flour, each 5.3-oz cup contains 4 grams of plant-based protein and 170 to 190 calories. The product retails for $1.99.
“Like yogurt, oats are an ancient food with deep roots in our culture and our land,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and chief executive officer of Chobani. “These grains deserve to be celebrated. I always knew our journey from yogurt to becoming a modern food company would be through nutritious, delicious, batch-made products like Chobani Oat, and today they’re helping us further deliver on our founding mission of making better food for more people.”
Starbucks Corp. in January unveiled the new Oatmilk Honey Latte, made with Starbucks blonde espresso infused with honey blend, steamed oat milk and a sweet and savory honey topping. The beverage is available in approximately 1,300 participating stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.
“When I think about oats and winter, it’s very natural to pair honey with oats,” said Raegan Powell, product developer for Starbucks. “Just think of a lightly sweetened oatmeal cookie or warm bowl of oatmeal.”
Califia Farms in September 2019 expanded its portfolio of plant-based beverages with a new line of canned Nitro Draft Lattes with Oatmilk. The lattes are available in four flavors: Black & White, XX Espresso, Salted Caramel, and Mocha. All varieties are non-G.M.O., kosher and vegan.
The shelf-stable beverages are packaged in 7-oz cans featuring nitro widgets that release nitrogen into the coffee and froth the oat milk upon opening. Califia Farms Nitro Draft Lattes with Oatmilk are made with coffee beans sourced via Direct Trade from partners in South and Central America and East Africa. The beans are roasted at the Califia Coffee Co. facility in Los Angeles.
“Direct Trade means that we pay as much attention to the quality of the beans as to the socioeconomic impact when sourcing them,” said Brian Lovejoy, general manager of coffee at Califia Farms. “It not only results in richer, better tasting coffee, but also in strong supplier partnerships that benefit everyone. We combine these premium beans with our new oat milk, a delicious partner for coffee, which froths beautifully. The product is made even creamier with the nitrogen widget technology, resulting in a unique cold brew experience that keeps you ‘feel good’ energized all day.”
The beverages have a suggested retail price of $2.99 per 7-oz can.
Forager Project in early February added oat milk to its lineup. The beverage is made from organic, gluten-free oats and is packaged in 48-oz bottles. Each 8-oz serving contains 45 calories, 1 gram of protein and 2 grams of sugar.
“No matter what meal — breakfast, lunch or dinner — we want to make it easier for people to eat amazing tasting, plant-based foods,” said Stephen Williamson, co-founder and chief executive officer of Forager Project. “We are working to make a better future for our planet and people through food choices.”
In October 2019, Jamba added two new oat milk smoothies to its menu.
The Matcha Lemon Squeeze Smoothie blends lemonade, oat milk, lime sherbet, fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt, mangos and matcha green tea.
The Smooth Talkin’ Mango Smoothie combines oat milk, mangoes, pineapples and organic agave.
Elmhurst 1925 in January added flavored varieties to its lineup of single-serve Milked Oats: chocolate, vanilla and blueberry. Made with six ingredients or fewer, the oat milk products are packaged in 11-oz cartons and contain 28 grams of whole grains per serving. All varieties are certified vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and Non-GMO Project verified. Elmhurst 1925 Milked Oats retail for $4.99 per carton.
“We created our new Single Serve Milked Oats with both kids and convenience in mind and focused on flavors that are familiar and well-loved,” said Peter Truby, chief marketing officer for Elmhurst 1925. “These new chocolate, vanilla and blueberry Milked Oats varieties give families a better-for-you, non-dairy beverage that’s packed with whole grains and delicious flavor in a convenient, easy-to-drink format that can be taken on-the-go.”
Peet’s Coffee in January rolled out the Oat Milk Horchata Latte. The beverage blends steamed oat milk with Madagascar vanilla and ground cinnamon poured over espresso.
“As far as dairy-free alternatives go, oat milk has transcended from a trend into a staple,” said Patrick Main, beverage innovator for Peet’s Coffee. “With its creamy body and natural sweetness, it is a perfect ingredient base for espresso. We love how it blends with Madagascar vanilla and ground cinnamon to elevate our new Oat Milk Horchata Latte.”
Danone in January added new Silk Half & Half Alternative.
Silk Dairy-Free Half & Half Alternative is made with oat milk and coconut milk and is keto-friendly, Non-GMO Project verified and gluten-free. Each serving contains 0 grams of added sugar, 1.5 grams of fat and is free of dairy, nuts and cholesterol. The products is available for $4.29 per 32-oz carton.
“Silk is excited to expand its lineup of dairy-free options for those who want a splash of cream — without the ‘moo’ — in their morning brew,” said Martha Opela, senior brand manager for Silk. “Silk Dairy-Free Half & Half Alternative tastes great and supplies the creaminess you crave, without any dairy or added sugar, and it’s hitting shelves at the perfect time — the thick of winter, when cozying up with a cup of coffee just feels right.”
In October 2019, Oath, a new organic-based company, launched its first product: Oath Organic Oatmilk with Plant Protein.
The namesake product is a ready-to-drink oat milk beverage containing 15 to 16 grams of protein and 6 to 10 grams of fiber. Packaged in 12-oz bottles, the drinks are U.S.D.A. certified organic and come in four flavors: double chocolate, matcha chai, Indian rose, and golden turmeric.
Founded by Royce Pinkwater and Andy Khiani, Oath seeks to “reinvent the saturated R.-T.-D. industry” by creating beverages with clean label, sustainable ingredients, the company said. Oath beverages contain proteins such as almonds, pumpkin seeds and oats, and natural sweeteners such as apple fiber, spices and botanicals, including saffron, ginger and cardamom. Each beverage boasts a benefit, including metabolism, mood enhancement and sustainable energy restoration.
The double chocolate variety was designed to be energy boosting and endorphin releasing, according to the company. Made with organic cacao infused with organic vanilla, the beverage contains 250 calories, 15 grams of almond protein and 10 grams of fiber per bottle.
Oath matcha chai combines ceremonial matcha with chai spices, banana and oat milk to create a blend that boosts energy and restores balance, the company said. Each 210-calorie bottle provides 15 grams of pumpkin seed protein and 5 grams of fiber.
The Indian rose flavor features fennel, saffron, nutmeg and Indian rose, a combination designed to boost metabolism and enhance mood, Oath said. The oat milk contains 16 grams of almond and pumpkin seed protein, 8 grams of fiber and 220 calories per bottle.
Oath golden turmeric oat milk was designed to boost metabolism and enhance mood, the company said. The beverage blends turmeric, activated MCT oil, botanicals and spices and contains 15 grams of almond and pumpkin seed protein, 6 grams of fiber and 260 calories per bottle.
Danone North America in January introduced Silk DHA Omega-3, a plant-based beverage that blends oat milk, almond milk and pea protein. Available in original and unsweetened vanilla varieties, the drink delivers 6 grams of pea protein and 32 mg of DHA Omega-3 per serving. Silk DHA Omega-3 is available in half-gallon cartons for $3.99.
“Silk DHA Omega-3 is the latest example of our ongoing dedication to offer a delicious and diverse array of plant-based products that each deliver their own unique benefits,” said David Robinson, senior brand manager for Silk. “DHA Omega-3 helps support brain health for people of all ages and represents a simple way that consumers can make a healthy choice that meets their individual needs.”
BetterBodyFoods in December 2019 introduced Oatsome Organic Oat Milk. The soy- and nut-free milk alternative contains no added sugars and is made with non-G.M.O., gluten-free oats. Oatsome is U.S.D.A. certified organic, vegan and contains 130 calories and 2 grams of protein per 1-cup serving.
"We’re truly bringing the best oat milk on the market to our customers," said Stephen Richards, founder of BetterBody Foods. “Only the finest ingredients go into Oatsome — the highest quality organic, non-G.M.O., gluten-free oats and no added sugar, gums, thickeners or stabilizers ever.”
In July 2019, Danone North America's So Delicious Dairy Free brand launched a new line of Oatmilk Yogurt Alternatives made with gluten-free oats along with live and active cultures.
The dairy-free yogurts come in four flavors: triple berry; spiced pear and fig; strawberry rhubarb; and sweet mango. Each flavor is nut-free, soy-free, certified vegan, certified gluten-free and Non-GMO Project verified.