Almond Breeze Almond Milk by Blue Diamond Growers
Blue Diamond Growers - Almond Breeze Almond Milk - Chocolate - 32 FL OZ (1QT)
Blue Diamond Growers Almond Breeze Almond Milk Chocolate is a non-dairy beverage made from real almonds, all natural, smooth and creamy with a hint of almonds. Almond Breeze is a great tasting non-dairy beverage without the thin, chalky after taste of rice and soy beverages.
Next time you have a craving for something sweet and chocolate, pour yourself a cup of Blue Diamond Growers Almond Breeze Almond Milk Chocolate. Even with a dash of chocolate decadence, it still has fewer calories than a glass of 2 percent milk and no saturated fat.
Enjoy Almond Breeze chilled by the glass and on your cereal. You will love how it froths in coffee drinks, enhances fruit smoothies, and blends cup for cup in your favorite recipes.
- Gluten, cholesterol and lactose free
- Excellent source of calcium, vitamins D & E
- Good source of vitamin A
- A refreshing alternative to soy and rice non-dairy beverages
Calcium enriched Almond Breeze, available in Original, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Unsweetened Vanilla has no saturated fat, no cholesterol, and half the calories of 1% milk.
Almond Breeze FAQs
Is an unsweetened Almond Breeze available?
Yes. Blue Diamond offers Unsweetened Almond Breeze in a variety of flavors and sizes, which provide the same flavorful taste with lower calories.
What flavors of Almond Breeze are available?
Blue Diamond offers Almond Breeze in Original, Vanilla, and Chocolate flavors as well as our new Almondmilk Coconutmilk blends.
Can Almond Breeze be used for baking and in recipes?
Almond Breeze™ can be used in most recipes requiring dairy milk. Almond Breeze does not work with packaged instant puddings.
Does Almond Breeze contain any dairy ingredients?
No. All Almond Breeze products are dairy-free. They do not contain lactose or casein.
Does Almond Breeze contain any animal products or by-products?
Almond Breeze is vegan and does not contain any animal products, by-products or derivatives.
Does Almond Breeze contain any soy?
No. All Almond Breeze products are soy free. They do not contain soy ingredients.
Does Almond Breeze contain MSG?
The ingredient MSG (monosodium glutamate) is not added to Almond Breeze or present in any of the ingredients including flavors.
Is the water in Almond Breeze fluoridated?
No, the potable water used in Almond Breeze is not fluoridated.
Does Almond Breeze contain cholesterol?
No, Almond Breeze does not contain cholesterol.
Does Almond Breeze contain any eggs?
No, Almond Breeze does not contain any egg ingredients.
Does Almond Breeze contain any peanuts?
No, Almond Breeze does not contain peanuts.
Is Almond Breeze made in a peanut free plant?
Yes, Almond Breeze is made in a peanut free plant.
Does Almond Breeze contain genetically engineered (GMO) almonds?
No. Blue Diamond uses only California almonds grown by our grower co-operative members without the use of genetic engineering or gene manipulation. The varieties of almonds used in Almond Breeze were developed using traditional agricultural breeding techniques.
Is Almond Breeze kosher?
All shelf-stable aseptic Almond Breeze products are certified Kosher OU meaning that all ingredients are kosher certified containing neither meat nor dairy ingredients or derivatives.
Does Almond Breeze contain wheat or gluten?
No. Almond Breeze products are wheat and gluten free.
How much fat does Almond Breeze contain?
Shelf-stable Unsweetened Almond Breeze products have 3 grams of total fat per serving.
What is the source of fat in Almond Breeze?
The fat found in Almond Breeze comes primarily from the natural almond oil found in almonds with small traceable amounts from vegetable oil found in the vitamin and soy lecithin ingredients.
Does Almond Breeze contain any Trans Fat?
What type of sweetener is used in Almond Breeze?
For sweetened Almond Breeze products, Blue Diamond uses natural evaporated cane juice which is the crystallized juice from the first pressing of sugar cane. It is unbleached and made with minimal processing. It has a unique naturally sweet flavor. Unsweetened Almond Breeze products have no sugar or sweetener added.
Is Almond Breeze an excellent source of Calcium?
Does Almond Breeze contain vitamins?
Each serving of refrigerated and shelf stable Almond Breeze contains 25% DV of Vitamin D, 50% DV of Vitamin E and 10% DV of Vitamin A. Almond Breeze products made for Canada do not contain added vitamins.
What is “Dutch Process Cocoa”?
Blue Diamond uses “Dutch Process” cocoa in Almond Breeze Chocolate products. The term “Dutch Process” refers to cocoa beans that have been treated with alkali to neutralize acidity, improve color and enhance flavor.
Does the cocoa used in Almond Breeze chocolate contain dairy?
No. It does not contain dairy.
Does Almond Breeze contain caffeine?
Original and Vanilla Almond Breeze flavors contain no caffeine. Chocolate Almond Breeze contains ~1.5 mg of caffeine per 8 fl oz serving. For comparison the USDA Nutrition Database lists an 8 fl oz serving of regular brewed coffee with 95 mg of caffeine.
Do the natural flavors in Almond Breeze contain any artificial ingredients or colors?
All flavors listed in our ingredient statement are derived from natural sources as defined by FDA. No artificial flavors are used. In addition there is no added MSG in our flavors.
Can I use Almond Breeze as an infant formula?
No. Almond Breeze is not designed for the replacement of breast milk or infant formula.
Can children consume Almond Breeze?
Yes, children can consume Almond Breeze. However, Almond Breeze is not suitable for use as an infant formula. Check with your Pediatrician to determine what age is appropriate.
Can pregnant women use Almond Breeze?
If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, it is always best to discuss your diet with your doctor.
How should I store Almond Breeze?
Unopened shelf-stable Almond Breeze can be stored in your pantry unrefrigerated up until the “BEST BEFORE” date printed on top of the carton. Once opened shelf-stable Almond Breeze must be refrigerated or it will spoil.
How soon should I use Almond Breeze after I open it?
After opening refrigerated Almond Breeze should be used within 7 days. Shelf stable Almond Breeze should be used within 7-10 days of opening. Do not leave your refrigerated Almond Breeze or opened carton of shelf stable Almond Breeze unrefrigerated for an extended period of time. Storage at room temperature will shorten the shelf life and just like regular dairy milk, Almond Breeze will spoil if left unrefrigerated too long.
How can I tell if the product turns bad?
Almond Breeze products have mild and pleasant odors. If your Almond Breeze does not look, smell or taste the way it should, it may be spoiled.
Signs of spoilage include:
- The carton looks abnormally bloated
- When opened, product appears to be moldy, curdled and/or slimy
- The color has changed
- The product has an off odor or smells like sour milk
- The product texture has changed and is not smooth and creamy
Can I freeze Almond Breeze?
No. It is not recommended. Freezing Almond Breeze causes the product to separate irregularly and this greatly reduces the visual quality and consistency of the product upon thawing.
Why do I need to shake the product?
Shaking Almond Breeze before serving helps to maintain product consistency. Over time solids in Almond Breeze such as cocoa powder may settle to the bottom of the carton.
Are Almond Breeze cartons recyclable?
Check with your local recycling center to confirm that the container is recycled in your area. Almond Breeze uses recyclable material for packaging. Generally, cartons can be recycled after removing plastic screw caps or plastic spout.
Is the carton microwavable?
No. The cartons are not microwave safe.
What is the carton made of?
Refrigerated Almond Breeze is packaged in gable-top 64 fl oz cartons with a white plastic pour spout fitment. All container boards are made from FDA approved virgin materials with a multi-layer structure and an oxygen barrier designed for extended shelf life applications.
The shelf-stable carton is a laminate of three materials: high-quality paperboard, polyethylene, and aluminum. Paperboard provides stiffness and strength to the product. Polyethylene provides a tight seal for the innermost and outermost layer of the carton. Aluminum forms a barrier against oxygen and light which helps preserve product without refrigeration and/or added preservatives.
Does the carton contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?
No. It does not contain BPA.
In what country is Almond Breeze produced?
Where are the almonds used in Almond Breeze grown?
The almonds are grown in orchards by our grower co-operative members in California.
Are Almond Breeze products pasteurized?
Yes. Almond Breeze is made using a high heat thermal pasteurization process to kill pathogenic microorganisms.
How do you make the Almond Breeze so creamy without adding dairy ingredients?
Blue Diamond has developed and patented product formulas that deliver a mild tasting almondmilk with a smooth and creamy texture. Almond Breeze is made with carefully selected almonds and quality ingredients which when combined and processed in the proper ratios results in truly unique product.
Blue Diamond Growers History
Throughout the early evolving years between 1910 and 1915, the Exchange worked to establish itself as a leading force within the global almond industry, but issues from broker incompetence to independent growers destabilizing prices continued to work against them. At that time, California only had about 20 percent or less of the world supply of almonds, while Spain and Italy grew the lion's share of at least 80 percent. It became quickly apparent to the members of the cooperative that a change in selling strategy was needed and that a name that translated into a high quality image for consumers was the answer. But what label could they attach to their boxes and burlap bags of California almonds that would differentiate them from imported almonds and leave consumers with a lasting high quality image of California almonds?
The answer, they thought, had something to do with a leading American symbol of the highest quality products circa early 1900s, the diamond. However, the intuitive growers wanted more than just any diamond. How about a blue diamond, the rarest diamond in the world at the turn of the century? Yes, that was it! By depicting their almonds in the shape of a blue diamond, the seal of dependability, the growers would begin to distinguish the high quality California almond versus the then prevalent Spanish and Italian imported almonds.
In their minds, it was clear that the Blue Diamond brand also provided U.S. consumers with a consistent way to recognize new California almond products as they developed throughout the century. When the newly formed brand was named a Grand Prize Winner at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California in 1915, the Exchange's efforts to establish the Blue Diamond Brand as a leader in the almond industry clearly launched the beginning of 100 years of new almond products in all shapes and sizes for consumers worldwide!
In 1915, the label itself simply said Fancy Almonds Brand inside a blue diamond-shaped logo. It was during the Panama Exposition that this label was placed on burlap bags, boxes and clear glass jars and that a young girl of about 8 years old began posing for displays and promotional materials for the Exchange. Her name was Thelma Tucker, the young daughter of the first General Manager of the Exchange, T.C. Tucker, who was hired to oversee the marketing and sales of the Exchange from its original office in San Francisco, California in the famous Dollar Building owned and operated by the Dollar Shipping Lines.
"Can we create a contemporary new look that can be versatile enough to retain the most recognized name in the almond business but also be adaptable to every product and segment of our business?" That was the challenge for the Blue Diamond consumer marketing staff in 2004. In early 2005, a standardized contemporary logo with a touch of orange-gold tones was added to the outside of a newly stylized blue diamond shape with three-dimensional shades of blue designed for depth and introduced to the world. A flag across the bottom of the logo was designed to change according to the color of the packaging used for the product inside. So, began the initiation of a new logo with a formula that was adaptable to any Blue Diamond product and business segment. With retail and natural foods business sales rocketing to new heights on an annual basis, the newly designed Blue Diamond label resonated well with consumers and stood out among competing products.
With success like that, why not adapt the new Blue Diamond logo for the cooperative itself? The final proof of its adaptability emerged as the new corporate logo became the same one used on all products, except that the flag would simply say Growers under the famous Blue Diamond name! As responsible stewards of the land who produce the safest, best quality almonds using sustainable production practices, the color green was chosen to best depict the word growers on the now official corporate name, Blue Diamond Growers.
After 100 years, all growers now refer to the cooperative as Blue Diamond. After many struggles, strains and strategizing about corporate names and brands, it seems apparent that it just may stay that way for another 100 years! And as the growers celebrate their centennial, the new corporate logo proves its versatility once again as it captures the essence of its longevity as a cooperative in the words carefully placed below its brand: 100 Years of Partnership!
About Blue Diamond Growers
Headquartered in Sacramento, California, Blue Diamond Growers is the world's largest almond processing and marketing company. Founded in 1910, the 102 year-old cooperative is owned by half of the state's almond growers who produce over 80 percent of the world almond supply. Blue Diamond led the development of California's almond industry from a minor domestic specialty crop to the world leader in almond production and marketing.
Blue Diamond, the world's leading almond brand, continues to build markets and create new products, new uses, and new opportunities for global consumers. In May, 2013, Blue Diamond will double their capacity by opening the first phase of a new plant in Turlock, California, designed to create more value-added global products using state-of-the art technology. Plans also include expanding their research and development capabilities as global demand continues to increase 10 percent annually.
The California almond crop is marketed to all 50 states and more than 90 foreign countries, making almonds California's largest food export, the sixth largest U.S. food export and the #1 specialty crop in America. The California crop is currently valued at over $6 billion dollars.