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The rise of dairy free: the need for true ‘real’ texture and endless flavor

The rise of dairy free: the need for true ‘real’ texture and endless flavor

Moo-ve Over Cows, Plant-based “Milk” is Here to Stay.

The ever-trending “dairy ditch” is more than just a fad, it’s a health movement. The food and beverage scene has been exploding with dairy free options for cheeses, creamers, milks, spreads and more. Not long ago, the move to go “dairy free” was more for those who were lactose intolerant or vegan. But today, it’s for everyone. The extremely educated consumer wants to do less harm to the environment and treat their bodies better…and now more than ever, they’re able to do that without having to sacrifice flavor and texture. Let’s talk two morning favorites: yogurt and coffee creamer or milk.

Going Nuts in the Yogurt Case

Not all non-dairy product buyers are strict vegans or lactose free. More and more households are looking to take baby steps to modifying their nutrition choices at home. The first hurdle to overcome: texture. Let’s start with yogurt. The creamy, smooth texture of this breakfast staple made from traditional dairy cow milk is hard to compete with, but the plant-based movement has figured it out. Soy, almond, coconut, oat and cashew milk are the front-runners of dairy free. But it’s sometimes hard to find just the right texture and flavor to hit the spot of a traditional yogurt. From our research, we’ve found that oat milk is definitely the winner – the creamy body is almost identical to that of your go-to traditional dairy. If you’re looking to dive into this without having to spend a lot of time tasting, Well and Good did all the work for you. The best part is, you’re not sacrificing texture or flavor.

Creamy Texture without the Guilt

When the doctor tells you it’s time to lose a few pounds, what’s the first thing to go? If you’re like us, we go straight to cutting out coffee creamer and sugar. Luckily now there are dozens of healthier plant-based options that don’t carry the ‘weight’ of traditional dairy creamers or milks and it isn’t limited to just the same old Coffee Mate. Califia Farms, Silk, So Delicious were the first few to offer healthy alternatives to milk or cream for your beloved morning “joe.” When some of the first milk alternatives launched, consumers were faced with stomaching a thin, non-milk-like texture, but thankfully those days are long gone. More and more options are becoming available with the “full fat” texture, body and flavor, without the guilt. These plant-based options are satisfying consumer’s desires for dairy replacements that give them the illusion that they aren’t missing out.

 

The plant-based movement is booming and is clearly here to stay. Do you have a dairy free product you’re looking to perfect? Artiste offers a variety of ingredients and flavors, many that are natural and organic, for use in your latest creation. If you’re looking for more information on flavors we can offer and our other services, please e-mail info@artiste.us.com.

From the Orchard – Cucumber

From the Orchard – Cucumber

Crisp, refreshing and soothing, cucumbers are more than just an ingredient in a summer salad.

Cucumbers and slices on wooden table

Cucumbers are a low-calorie fruit that is brimming with nutritional and health benefits and a clean, mouthwatering taste. With hundreds of varieties, colors and shapes, few foods are as “cool” as a cucumber. These fruits are often described as having a mild melon aroma, with a hint of impending rain. Fresh, clean and relaxing, cucumber is a subtle flavor that elevates everything it’s paired with.

Be on the lookout for more cucumber pairings and recipes, because there is no limit to what this versatile ingredient can do. Artiste and Cherry Rocher are the source for the highest quality cucumber distillate for use in many trendy beverages, unique spirits, cordials and craft beers.