Product Launch: Mandolé Orchard Almond Milk
The demand for dairy alternative milks has grown exponentially over the past few years, in both eateries and supermarkets. Staring at a towering wall of milk cartons on a shelf can be a daunting experience, especially for those new to the plant milk world – that’s where Mandolé Orchard comes into play.
On 1st March 2021, Mandolé Orchard launched their ‘farm to table’ almond milk range into South Australia after success interstate. This isn’t just any old almond milk either – it is Australia’s first single origin almond milk freshly made without any added gums or nasties, from a nutritious blend of whole almonds from a sustainably implemented farm.
Mandolé Orchard is a family created, owned and operated almond estate in Griffith, New South Wales which has been up and running since 2004. The orchard is one of the country’s most successful and largest almond farms, renowned for its high quality produce – setting a new precedence in the fine food and produce market.
The name Mandolé is derived from ‘Mandorle’, the Italian word for ‘almonds’, an aptly name in acknowledgment to the family’s Italian heritage – the vision of Denis and Annette Dinicola. Inspired by their parent’s success, meticulous farming methods, quality control and Annette’s almond milk – the second generation on the scene being Dean Dinicola and Tom and Jenna Stefanovic have been driven to continue this journey as both farmers and custodians of the expanded product line.
Every glass of Mandolé Orchard’s almond milk contains no more than four ingredients and over five grams of powerful naturally occurring protein, more than any other almond milk product on the market. Every glass also contains over one-third of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant to help maintain your immune system and reduce free radical damage.
Mandolé Orchard has also implemented a number of notable sustainability practices. One of those being soil and tree sensing technology which ensures the almond trees receive the precise amount of water they need, when they need it. As a result, Mandolé’s water usage is 20-30 percent lower than the industry standard – not bad at all. You can read more about their sustainability practices here.
This is a story of heritage, health and sustainability, and the passionate collaboration between family, farm and home to create a fresh and nutritious product.
Founders Tom and Jenna say, “it is our mission to provide the very best almond milk products – we believe that good food should always begin with fresh, traceable ingredients.”
I was lucky enough to try some of the first bottles of Mandolé’s original almond milk that were released into South Australia. I decided to go au naturale and sip on a plain glass of the milk – it was extremely creamy and not at all watery like a lot of almond milks out there. I also dislike anything that carries any hint of marzipan flavouring or taste, and this milk didn’t allude towards anything of the likes. I generally don’t opt for almond milk because of the watery and taste aspect, however I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this product. The packaging is 100 percent recyclable too, so that is a major plus for me.
You can find Mandolé Orchard’s almonds and almond milk at; Tony and Mark’s, Romeo’s Foodland and Chapley’s Foodland.