Almond Breeze FAQs

This page contains frequently asked questions about our Almond Breeze® products.

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Almond Breeze Original Refrigerated and Shelf Stable


Back to Top What sizes of Almond Breeze® containers are available?

Almond Breeze® is available in refrigerated 64 fl oz gable top cartons, and 32 fl oz and 64 fl oz shelf stable aseptic cartons.

Back to Top Is an unsweetened Almond Breeze® available?

Yes. We offer Unsweetened Almond Breeze® in a variety of flavors and sizes, which provide the same flavorful taste with lower calories.

Back to Top Can I order refrigerated 64oz. gable top carton Almond Breeze® directly from Blue Diamond Growers?

No, these refrigerated gable top Almond Breeze® products are not available directly from Blue Diamond Growers.

Back to Top What flavors of Almond Breeze® are available?

Blue Diamond offers Almond Breeze® in Original, Vanilla, and Chocolate flavors.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top Does Almond Breeze® contain any dairy ingredients?

No.  All Almond Breeze® products are dairy-free.  They do not contain lactose or casein.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top Does Almond Breeze® contain any soy?

Yes.  Almond Breeze® contains trace amounts of soy in the form of soy lecithin which is derived from soybeans. It is common in many food products and helps to emulsify the natural oils found in almonds to produce a creamy texture. A soy-free version will also be available later this year.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top Is the water in Almond Breeze® fluoridated?

No, the potable water used in Almond Breeze® is not fluoridated.

Back to Top Does Almond Breeze® contain cholesterol?

No, Almond Breeze® does not contain cholesterol.

Back to Top Does Almond Breeze® contain any eggs?

No, Almond Breeze® does not contain any egg ingredients.

Back to Top Does Almond Breeze® contain any peanuts?

No, Almond Breeze® does not contain peanuts.

Back to Top Is Almond Breeze® made in a peanut free plant?

Yes, Almond Breeze® is made in a peanut free plant.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top Is Almond Breeze® kosher?

All refrigerated Almond Breeze® products are certified Kosher OU-D.  They are dairy free products made on heated equipment also used for dairy products. Blue Diamond uses stringent equipment cleaning and testing procedures to ensure that products made on dairy equipment are dairy-free.  For individuals following orthodox kosher rules, dairy-free products processed on heated equipment also used for dairy may not be eaten together with a meat product.  Refrigerated Almond Breeze® is safe for individuals with dairy allergies.

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.

Back to Top Does Almond Breeze® contain wheat or gluten?

No.  Almond Breeze® products are wheat and gluten free.

Back to Top How much fat does Almond Breeze® contain?

Refrigerated and shelf-stable Almond Breeze® Original and Vanilla products have 2.5 grams of total fat per serving, whereas Almond Breeze® Chocolate has 3 grams of total fat per serving.  Shelf-stable Unsweetened Almond Breeze® products have 3 grams of total fat per serving.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top Does Almond Breeze® contain any Trans Fat?

No.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top Is Almond Breeze® an excellent source of Calcium?

Yes.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top Does the cocoa used in Almond Breeze® chocolate contain dairy?

No. It does not contain dairy.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top Can I use Almond Breeze® as an infant formula?

No. Almond Breeze® is not designed for the replacement of breast milk or infant formula.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top How should I store Almond Breeze®?

Unopened refrigerated Almond Breeze® should be stored at a temperature of 35 to 45°F up until the “Sell By” date printed on top of the carton. Keep refrigerated Almond Breeze® in the middle of your refrigerator to prevent possible freezing.  Avoid refrigerator door storage as it tends to have the biggest temperature change than any other part of the refrigerator.  Refrigerated Almond Breeze® is perishable and will spoil if not refrigerated.

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.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top 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

Back to Top Can I drink refrigerated Almond Breeze® beyond the ‘’Sell By” date?

No, for best quality we recommend consuming the product before the “Sell By” date.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top Is the carton microwavable?

No.  The cartons are not microwave safe.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top Does the carton contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?

No.  It does not contain BPA.

Back to Top In what country is Almond Breeze® produced?

USA

Back to Top Where are the almonds used in Almond Breeze® grown?

The almonds are grown in orchards by our grower co-operative members in California.

Back to Top Are Almond Breeze® products pasteurized?

Yes.  Almond Breeze® is made using a high heat thermal pasteurization process to kill pathogenic microorganisms.

Back to Top 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.

Back to Top Why is the Sell By date on refrigerated Almond Breeze® longer than some dairy milks?

Refrigerated Almond Breeze® is made using sophisticated equipment in an Ultra Pasteurization process utilizing very high heat for a very short period of time. Ultrapasteurized product when packed in a specially designed protective carton results in an extended shelf life (ESL).