WINTERS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mariani Nut Company is launching a first-to-market line of refrigerated Walnutmilk as a healthy new entry in the plant-based milk category. With a smooth, creamy taste, Mariani Walnutmilk is rich in calcium and other important nutrients and has significantly less sugar than dairy or other plant-based milks.
The initial product launch is with regional retail partners in Texas and northern California.
Market research reveals that Americans have a heightened awareness of the benefits of a plant-based diet and are more open to making healthful changes. As consumers balance health and taste, walnuts are having their moment.
Mariani Walnutmilk is lactose-free, has 50 percent more calcium than typical dairy milk and only 45 calories per eight-ounce serving. That’s less than half the calories of one-percent milk and fewer calories than other plant-based milks. Walnuts stand out among nuts as a significant source of ALA, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid that has been found to benefit heart health. In addition, walnuts are a great source of vitamin A.
“Our test consumers loved the flavor and creaminess and recognized walnuts as a true super food offering numerous health benefits,” says Matt Mariani who oversees the company’s sales and marketing efforts. Mariani continues, “We are excited to bring this innovative line of Walnutmilk to the refrigerated dairy case.”
Mariani Walnutmilk is available in half-gallon cartons and in original, vanilla and unsweetened flavors. It is gluten, dairy and soy-free, non-GMO, has no artificial colors, flavors or carrageenan and is made with 100 percent California-grown walnuts. Retail price is expected to range from $3.49 - $3.99 per carton.
The Mariani family planted their first walnut orchard in California’s Sacramento Valley more than 50 years ago. Mariani Nut Company has grown to include almond orchards along with processing and packaging facilities, enabling it to become one of the world’s leading nut producers. In addition to their own orchards, Mariani processes nuts from growers throughout California.
For more information about Mariani Nut Company and Mariani Walnutmilk, go to Marianinut.com and Marianiwalnutmilk.com. For more information about the nutritional benefits of walnuts, go to California Walnuts at walnuts.org.