Elmhurst 1925

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Elmhurst Milked, LLC
IndustryBeverage
PredecessorElmhurst Dairy
Founded1925 in Queens, New York
HeadquartersElma, New York
ServicesPlant milks
OwnerHenry Schwartz

Elmhurst 1925 (officially Elmhurst Milked, LLC) is a plant-based food and beverage company located in Elma, New York. The company manufactures and sells non-dairy, plant-based milks made from nuts, grains, and seeds.[1] The first four nutmilksalmond, cashew, hazelnut, and walnut – debuted at Natural Products Expo West in March 2017.[2] A number of additional products, including a peanut milk, launched in January 2018.[3]

History[edit]

Elmhurst was founded in Queens, New York in 1925. Current owner Henry Schwartz’s father and uncle started the company, which became Elmhurst Dairy, in their father’s milk house in the Elmhurst neighborhood. The Schwartz brothers moved to the Jamaica neighborhood in the 1930s. Here they linked with their brother-in-law, who had a farm of 200 cows in Middle Village, and set up a manufacturing plant.[4]

The Jamaica site housed Elmhurst Dairy until its closure in 2016. Schwartz cited ongoing losses, stating that the family had kept the plant open “long past the years that it was economically viable.”[4] It was the last remaining fluid milk plant in New York City.[4]

Elmhurst Dairy rebranded itself as Elmhurst Milked, and switched its focus from dairy to plant-based milks.[1] It moved its manufacturing operation to a new 30,000 square foot plant, adjacent to sister company Steuben Foods, in 2017.[1][5] A line of nutmilks launched in March 2017.[2]

Products[edit]

Elmhurst 1925 currently has ten products. Milked Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, and Hazelnuts were introduced at Natural Products Expo West in March 2017.[5] A number of additional Elmhurst Milked products were shown at Natural Products Expo East in September 2017: Milked Oats, Brown Rice, Peanuts, and Peanuts with Chocolate; and unsweetened versions of Milked Almonds and Hazelnuts.[1] These launched in January 2018.[3] Elmhurst Milked Peanuts is the only packaged peanut-based milk on the market.[3]

An aquafaba product is also in development.[6]

All products are packaged in 32 fluid ounce (946 mL) multi-serve cartons, and sold in retail and through e-commerce.[5][1] Elmhurst's product line is vegan, lactose-free, kosher, and non-GMO certified.[5]

"Milking" Process[edit]

Elmhurst uses a proprietary cold-milling process, which it calls "milking."[7] Dr. Cheryl Mitchell developed the process over five years, at a California research facility purchased in 2001.[8] Previously, she had developed Rice Dream for Imagine Foods.[9][10] In 2015, Mitchell partnered with Elmhurst and Steuben Foods owner Henry Schwartz to bring the technology to market on a large scale.[8] This led to the opening of Elmhurst's cold-milling plant in Elma, New York in 2017.[1][5]

According to Mitchell, "milking" begins with nuts, grains, and seeds, rather than a formulation to which these ingredients are added later.[3] The process separates the source ingredient into its individual components, which include protein, fat, fiber, and micronutrients. These components are then put back together, forming a milk-like liquid which retains the nutritional profile of the original nut, grain, or seed.[3] No gums, stabilizers, or emulsifiers are used.[11][12] Because the ingredients are separated, fiber may be left-out when the ingredients are recombined and sold for other uses, such as making pasta.[3]

Schwartz claims that Elmhurst's milked nuts products contain up to four times the nuts of other nutmilk brands.[5]

Certification and verification[edit]

  • Elmhurst Milked Oats bears the 100% Whole Grain Stamp.[13] Granted by the Oldways Whole Grains Council, the stamp verifies that 100% of the grain in the product is whole grain, and there are at least 16 grams whole grain per serving.[14] Elmhurst Milked Oats is labeled as having 20 grams whole grain per serving.[13]
  • All Elmhurst Milked products are kosher-certified, with classification as pareve, by the Orthodox Union.[15]
  • All Elmhurst Milked packages bear the Forest Stewardship Council trademark.[16]
  • All Elmhurst Milked packages bear a recycle symbol linked to the Carton Council. The Carton Council was formed in 2009 by SIG Combibloc, which supplies Elmhurst Milked packaging, and three other leading paperboard carton manufacturers.[17]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • VegNews, in its 2017 Veggie Awards, recognized Elmhurst Milked as Company of the Year.[18]
  • VegWorld Magazine named Elmhurst Milked Best in Show among vegan milks at Natural Products Expo East 2017.[19]
  • Elmhurst Milked won New Hope Network's Natural Products Expo East 2017 NEXTY Award for Best New Beverage.[20]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Fox, Katrina (17 October 2017). "Why this New York dairy ditched cows after 92 years and started making nut milks". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Watson, Elaine (24 September 2017). "Can peanut milk be as big as almond milk? Elmhurst 'milked peanuts' to hit stores in early 2018 with no gums or stabilizers". FoodNavigator-USA. William Reed Business Media Ltd. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "This Former Dairy Now Makes The First Commercial Peanut Milk". Fast Company. 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  4. ^ a b c Barron, James (2 August 2016). "A Queens dairy plant closes, but the cows had long since gone home". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Caballero, Martin (13 April 2017). "Elmhurst goes non-dairy with new 'milked nuts' line". BevNET. BevNET. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  6. ^ Fox, Katrina (17 October 2017). "Why this New York dairy ditched cows after 92 years and started making nut milks". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  7. ^ Garfield, Leanna (27 April 2017). "A major dairy producer collapsed — now it's making nut milks and business is booming". Business Insider. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b Hartke, Kristen (30 January 2018). "A Century-Old Dairy Ditches Cows For High-Tech Plant Milk". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  9. ^ "This Former Dairy Now Makes The First Commercial Peanut Milk". Fast Company. 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  10. ^ Hartke, Kristen (30 January 2018). "A Century-Old Dairy Ditches Cows For High-Tech Plant Milk". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  11. ^ Fox, Katrina (17 October 2017). "Why this New York dairy ditched cows after 92 years and started making nut milks". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  12. ^ Caballero, Martin (13 April 2017). "Elmhurst goes non-dairy with new 'milked nuts' line". BevNET. BevNET. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Stamped Products | The Whole Grains Council". wholegrainscouncil.org. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  14. ^ "Whole Grain Stamp | The Whole Grains Council". wholegrainscouncil.org. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  15. ^ "Product Search - OU Kosher Certification". OU Kosher Certification. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  16. ^ "Milked Oats | Elmhurst1925". elmhurst1925.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  17. ^ "AMP Robotics, Carton Council install second robot for carton sorting". Recycling Today. August 31, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "And the Winners of the 2017 Veggie Awards are …". VegNews.com. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  19. ^ Garza, Courtney (Nov–Dec 2017). "Best of Expo East". VegWorld (43): 13–21.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  20. ^ "The best of the best: The Natural Products Expo East 2017 NEXTY Award winners". New Hope Network. 2017-09-17. Retrieved 2018-01-16.