|Product type||Coffee whitener|
|Introduced||February 2, 1961|
Coffee-mate Original is mostly made up of three ingredients: corn syrup solids, hydrogenated vegetable oil, and sodium caseinate. Sodium caseinate, a form of casein, is a milk derivative; however, this is a required ingredient in non-dairy creamers, which are considered non-dairy due to the lack of lactose. This makes Coffee-Mate non-vegan (but still vegetarian), due to the sodium caseinate being derived from milk. Coffee-mate Original also contains small amounts of dipotassium phosphate, to prevent coagulation; mono- and diglycerides, used as an emulsifier; sodium aluminosilicate, an anticaking agent; artificial flavor; and annatto color.
The original product was introduced in February 1961, 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 as well as 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.
A Tea-mate variety for whitening tea was also introduced in the UK in a glass jar as well as in other countries in sachets. In the UK the variety was subsequently discontinued owing to poor sales performance. In other locations the product remains available.
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- World Health Organization Disease-specific recommendations