Just ahead of the holidays, popular American grocery store chain Trader Joe’s has brought back its Dairy-Free Peppermint Coffee Creamer.
Reasonably priced, the festive cocoa-peppermint-flavored almond coffee creamer “is sure to blow any overpriced peppermint mocha latte nonsense out of the water (while saving your wallet in the process),” according to online lifestyle magazine Purewow. “‘Tis the season, to be vegan,” it added.
The vegan coffee creamer joins a number of items already available from the chain, including its soy creamer, plus a range of The creamer also adds to the brand’s existing range of nondairy milk options, such as soy, coconut, and blended milk. It also offers nondairy beverages in blueberry lavender and matcha flavors.
Across the U.S., consumers are becoming more interested in nondairy and meat-free foods for ethical, environmental, and health reasons. According to a study from SPINS, the retail vegan food market is worth $4.5 billion. However, the nondairy sector, in particular, is picking up speed. In the past five years, the industry has grown by four percent – but sales of cow’s milk, on the other hand, dropped by three-and-a-half percent.
Another study, conducted by Cargill, found that half of U.S. shoppers regularly purchase plant-based milk as opposed to dairy, primarily for health reasons.
In response to this change in consumer buying habits, a number of U.S. retailers, like Trader Joe’s, have released new vegan milk options. In August 2018, Whole Foods began stocking nut milk by organic beverage company MALK in 2,000 stores across the U.S. Earlier that year, Walmart partnered with plant-based milk brand Milkadamia, in a move that the CEO of the brand Jim Richards said could “double the company’s store count and revenues within a year.”
Trader Joe’s vegan peppermint coffee creamer is available for the season.