The Canadian specialty coffee roaster and café chain says the introduction of Califia Farms’ oat and almond dairy alternatives will support its ‘affordable luxury’ offering as consumers seek more sustainable menu choices
Califia Farms will become the exclusive supplier of oat and almond milk to Balzac's Coffee Roasters' 16 coffee shops | Photo credit: Balzac's Coffee Roasters
Balzac’s Coffee Roasters has announced a new partnership with dairy-free beverage brand Califia Farms.
The Ontario-based specialty coffee roaster and café chain said Los Angeles-based Califia Farms will become the exclusive supplier of oat and almond milk to its 16 coffee shops.
“The Balzac’s offering is rooted in affordable luxury. In keeping with this belief, we are proud to partner with Califia to introduce dairy-free beverage options that are as premium as our coffee, with a focus on quality that is second to none,” said Christine Cruz-Clarke, CEO, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters.
World Coffee Portal research found almond milk to be the most requested non-dairy beverage accompaniment in Canadian coffee shops during the pandemic, favoured by 10% of consumers surveyed, with oatmilk less requested than coconut, soy and hazelnut milk.
However, World Coffee Portal research from the US in 2022 indicated that oatmilk continues to grow in popularity among US consumers, with the number of customers surveyed choosing it as their preferred beverage accompaniment increasing nearly 7% since 2020.
Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2023, also distributes its retail packaged coffee online and via select grocery stores nation-wide.
In May 2022, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters announced a partnership with Canadian sales and marketing agency Acosta Canada Corporation to drive retail growth within its grocery channel.