CHICAGO -- Healthier lifestyles have more consumers on the lookout for better-for-you foods and beverages, and beverage manufacturers are increasingly combining the two in plant-based drinks that can serve as snacks to meet their needs.
Here's a look at five new plant-based beverages coming to market ...
1. Coca-Cola Co./Fairlife
Unveiled at the NACS Show in October, Fairlife Smart Snacks, available through The Coca-Cola Co., are lactose-free drinks made with honey, oats and 15 grams of protein for a filling snack. The drinks are available in 8-ounce bottles in French Vanilla, Creamy Strawberry and Rich Chocolate flavors. The suggested retail price is $2.29 for a single-serve 8-ounce bottle and $24.99 for a multipack of 12.
PepsiCo's Quaker division will launch Quaker Oat Beverage in January. The oat-bran milk will roll out in 48-ounce cartons and will be available in three flavors: Original, Unsweetened and Vanilla. The "heart healthy," lactose-free drinks are produced by Shamrock Farms and promise high fiber, calcium and vitamin D.
3. Califia Farms
Califia Farms Probiotic Yogurt Drinks are dairy-free nut-milk drinks made with the Califia Culture Blend, made of 10 billion live, active probiotic colony-forming units. The drinks come in Strawberry, Super Berry, Mango and Unsweetened Plain flavors for an SRP of $2.69 per single-serve 8-ounce bottle and $5.49 per 25.4-ounce multiserve bottle.
Known for its Silk almond milk, Danone is expanding the line to include an oat-milk drink called Silk Oat Yeah. The drink will be available in Plain and Vanilla flavors in 64-ounce cartons.