New York’s Elmhurst Dairy first made headlines back in 2016 after a dramatic change in business saw the end of cow milk production in favour of creating plant based beverages. This courageous move followed 92 years of dairy manufacturing, and was driven by CEO Henry Schwartz.
“After 92 years in business, it was time to embrace a new model and look toward the future,” said Schwartz, aged 82.
In this impressive turn of events, what’s even more exciting is that as of today, their new products are already available to purchase. The company have launched their beautifully packaged range of vegan milks, ‘Elmhurst Milked‘ which you can order directly from their website or pick up in a number of stores across the US such as Publix and Giant Eagle.
Elmhurst have debuted four unique quart-sized cartons of milk created from a variation of nuts. The flavours include cashew, almond, hazelnut and walnut (which is possibly the first commercial walnut milk to ever hit store shelves).
Leading the way with their innovative new products, Elmhurt’s product manager, Kimberly Behzadi said:
“Our team, led by our CEO Henry Schwartz and renowned food scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Cheryl Mitchell, have developed a patented technology (called “milking”) that successfully harnesses the nutrition of almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and cashews without the need for stabilizers or other additives,” noting that “The result is a delicious, clean label beverage perfect for those who desire a non-dairy drink.”
And she’s not wrong – their appealing, contemporary design is perfect for attracting the growing number of Millennials who are opting for vegan/healthier alternatives to traditional dairy products. But there’s so much more to Elmhurst than sexy branding and quirky product names (see “Milked Almonds” – cute, right?).
The company pride themselves in packing in natural nutrition using a patented ‘cold milling‘ process which they’ve coined as “milking“. The milking technique enables Elmhurst to produce creamy, healthful nut-milks without losing any of the goodness! Furthermore this clever procedure means that there is no need to fortify the milks as all of the protein, good fats and micro nutrients from the whole ingredients have not been lost during the process.
All of Elmhurst’s products are natural, non-GMO, gluten free, thickener free, and contain absolutely no gum or nasties such as carrageenan. They also go as far as listing the number of nuts used per 32oz drink on the carton for you “32 walnuts, 44 cashews, 44 hazelnuts and 72 almonds, that’s what we use per quart container” .
This is all well and good, but perhaps the most important question is – how does it taste? Well, according to Ms Behzadi, “Each variety has a unique, creamy flavor. For those who prefer mild, we recommend Elmhurst Milked almond or cashew, but for a robust, flavorful drink we recommend the Elmhurst Milked walnut or hazelnut varieties. We also have an arsenal of cooking recipes and tips on our website” .
As Elmhurst is expected to continue to grow its distribution across the states, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that their product line continues to do so too; given their previous experience in the manufacturing yogurt, we’d say the expectation is more than realistic.
Schwartz says, “The plant-based milk category has exploded in recent years; people have discovered that this alternative to milk satisfies their dairy desire and can provide nutritional benefits.”.
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