Dairy-free milk brand Milkadamia is launching a vegan palm oil-free macadamia butter in the U.S.
Up until now, Australian brand Milkadamia has focused on producing milk and creamer made from its own farms’ macadamia nuts. But at the recent Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Foods Show held in San Francisco, the brand showcased its new vegan palm oil-free buttery spread.
Whilst there are a number of brands on the market creating milk, spreads, ice cream, and other traditionally dairy-based items from nuts and other plant sources, Milkadamia is one of the only companies to use macadamia nuts.
The nuts are produced on family-owned farms near the Eastern coast of Australia, where the tree originates from. According to the brand, the “abundant rainfall, ample sunshine, rich soil, and low impact farming,” means the conditions are ideal for growing good quality nuts.
As well as focusing on producing good quality products, Milkadamia also ensures the production process is kind to the environment, using “gentle” regenerative farming methods.
“We run our farms as naturally as possible using an ever-growing collection of holistic farming techniques that rebuild the soil health,” notes the brand on its website. “Helping to restore the amazing biodiversity of the millions of microorganisms living in each tablespoon of our land is the prime objective.”
It continues, “Life has become a knowledge quest for creative ways to minimize human intervention and leave the earth [to] do what she knows best – some call it ‘low impact, low energy’ farming, we like the thought of gentle farming too.”
The Vegan Butter Debate
The vegan spread market in the U.S. is growing, Colorado-based Earth Balance offers European Style Buttery Spread by Colorado-based Earth Balance and popular vegan cheese brand Miyoko’s offers European Style Cultured Vegan Butter.
The industry is growing at such a rate that the American Butter Institute recently felt the need to write to the FDA regarding the use of the word “butter” on nondairy spreads.
The institute stated that the use of the word was misleading and asked the FDA to require the removal of it from vegan product labels. There was no mention of removing the word from peanut butter or almond butter products, which have used the word without question for decades.
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