Sesame milk gains traction in evolving plant-based milk market

The company – which fortifies its sesame milk with calcium and vitamin D and adds some pea protein concentrate to get up to 8g protein per serving – is starting to see some real traction, four years after launch, said CEO Julia Stamberger.

“Success has been evident in both broad acceptance of sesame milk by distributors and retailers, and good initial unaided velocity at retail, as well as adoption by leading-edge independent coffee shops. This year we have added distribution in major retailers in both the US and Canada, from Sprouts to Kroger to Loblaws.”

Hope and sesame sesame milk​ have been joined by barista blend sesame milk, launched in the second quarter of 2022. This line, says Stamberger, took an additional two years to formulate and perfect, and was created in tandem with a panel of master baristas: “Our goal, which we achieved, was to match the performance of dairy and oat milk in hot and iced beverage applications, including frothing, steaming, foaming, and enabling great latte art.”

Hope and Sesame Barista Blend has already won a number of industry and consumer awards for performance and taste, from the 2022 World Plant-Based Awards (Best Plant-Based Beverage), CoffeeFest (Best Product), to the Good Housekeeping’s 2022 Best Coffee Awards (Best Novel Coffee Creamer Award).

Nutrition and sensory credentials

Currently, Stamberger observes, some of the biggest subsegments in plant milk have issues around nutrition and sustainability that Planting Hope specifically worked to solve with sesame milk.


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