Fortified with Kerry's GanedenBC30 — a probiotic ingredient that helps support digestive and immune health — the four new non-dairy flavors are horchata, caramel latte, latte and mocha.
Kerry said its proprietary consumer research has highlighted a gap in the foodservice industry's offerings. For example, with immune health the top benefit global consumers are seeking in healthy lifestyle products, 78% of those surveyed by Kerry believe restaurants are failing to offer enough menu choices featuring functional benefits. In addition, the research showed 70% or more of these consumers are actively concerned about their digestive health. The Big Train range of new dairy-free beverage mixes is intended to address these findings.
Abhishek Trivedi, strategic marketing director for Big Train, said, "Big Train is a trusted brand for Kerry customers and their consumers. These new dairy-free beverage mixes allow every customer, regardless of dietary needs or preference, to indulge in their favorite frappe, mocha, steamer, chai or latte choice.
“Fortified with the Kerry science-backed GanedenBC30 probiotic, these excellent new drink offerings will help foodservice operators meet the growing consumer demand for products promoting digestive health, while simultaneously expanding the great taste experiences for which Big Train is already known."
Big Train's collection of powdered beverage mixes includes blended ice coffees, coffee-free blended cremes, chai teas, protein coffee mixes and the new dairy-free mixes.
Big Train includes GanedenBC30 because it is backed by more than 25 published scientific papers demonstrating its safety and efficacy. GanedenBC30 is also a spore-forming probiotic, meaning the strain has survivability not only in the Big Train product manufacturing and production process but also the transit through the stomach into the intestines—where it works to support digestive and immune health.
Big Train's new probiotic-fortified dairy-free mixes will help foodservice operators meet rising consumer calls for added functionality by facilitating more dairy-free drink options on menus.
Trivedi said, "With Kerry's research showing that 63% of consumers are actively trying to eat healthfully some or all of the time, purchasing Big Train non-dairy beverages will leave consumers feeling they've made a healthier choice without sacrificing taste or enjoyment."
Big Train purchases can be made online at Webstaurant, Food Service Direct, Amazon, Serious Sips and Barista Pro Shop.