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Coffee-Mate can last up to two years with no refrigeration and can stay fresh for two weeks once it is opened. The product is popular in offices where refrigeration may not be available. A benefit of the non-dairy creamer is that it is good for those individuals who are lactose-intolerant.
The original product was introduced in 1961, and followed by Coffee-Mate Lite and Coffee-Mate Liquid in 1989.
In the US, where the product is manufactured by Nestlé in Glendale, California, the product is available in liquid, liquid concentrate and powdered forms. American Coffee-Mate comes in over 25 different flavours, including gingerbread, Parisian almond creme, and peppermint mocha. Discontinued varieties include Coffee-mate Soy and Coffee-mate Half & Half.
In Europe, it is only available in powder form as a coffee creamer in one or two varieties depending on the country with no added flavours. The European version of Coffee-mate is manufactured without the use of hydrogenated fat, which is linked to heart disease.
Coffee-mate Original contains:
- corn syrup solids
- vegetable oil (including partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil)
- sodium caseinate
- dipotassium phosphate
- mono- and diglycerides
- sodium aluminosilicate
- artificial flavour
- annatto colour
- "What the heck is COFFEE-MATE, anyway?". Organic Authority. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
- Nestle UK
- World Health Organization Disease-specific recommendations