In March, dairy dessert brand Alden’s Organic will debut its first line of plant-based ice cream at retailers Sprouts, Natural Grocers, and National Co+Op. The Oregon-based brand’s new dairy-free ice cream is crafted from a blend of brown rice, oat flour, coconut oil, and pea protein and will be available in a total of nine flavors (seven pints and two ice cream sandwiches):
- Caramel Almond Crunch: Caramel frozen dessert with organic caramel swirl, chocolate flakes, and almonds
- Muddy Brownie: Chocolate frozen dessert packed with brownie pieces
- Vanilla Bean: Vanilla frozen dessert with flecks of organic vanilla bean
- Double Strawberry: Strawberry frozen dessert with a swirl of strawberry sorbet and chunks of organic strawberries
- Freckled Mint Chip: Mint frozen dessert freckled with chocolate chips
- Peanut Butter Chip: Peanut butter frozen dessert swirled with organic peanut butter and chocolate chips
- Cookie Crumble: Cookie frozen dessert blended with chocolate crème cookie crumbles
- Vanilla Bean Round Sammie: Vanilla frozen dessert sandwiched between two chocolate cookie wafers
- Caramel Drizzle Round Sammie: Caramel frozen dessert swirled with organic caramel ribbons and sandwiched between two vanilla wafers
“Consumers are craving a dairy-free option that actually delivers an exceptional flavor filled experience,” Joelle Simmons, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Alden’s Organic, said. “We saw an opportunity and worked through 29 variations to develop a more progressive, organic, dairy-free recipe that upholds the high standards of our famous ice cream.” Several artisanal dairy brands have recently begun entering the lucrative dairy-free industry, including San Francisco-based Humphry Slocombe, which launched its first vegan ice cream pint exclusively at more than 150 Whole Foods Markets in October.
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