A new peanut milk product was introduced at a food show in Baltimore, Maryland this week and will be on store shelves early next year, according to the National Peanut Board. Elmhurst Milked Peanuts – Chocolate made its debut at the Natural Products Expo East, and a second peanut milk variety, Milked Peanuts, is on the way.

The new Elmhurst Milked Peanuts – Chocolate products will be available nationally in retail stores in January 2018. The National Peanut Board guided the development of the peanut beverage and secured a company to bring peanut milk to market.

Elmhurst Milked has five new plant-based beverage varieties at the natural foods trade show. The company uses a patented cold-milling process called “milking,” which uses water to separate and draw out all the nutrients from the whole, raw nuts, grains and legumes. Once the water is released, the nutrients re-combine naturally to form a smooth, creamy beverage without the use of chemicals or thickeners.

Elmhurst Milked Peanuts – Chocolate contains just filtered water, peanuts, cane sugar, cocoa (Dutch processed), natural flavors and salt.

“Alternative milk has seen phenomenal market growth over the years,” said Bob Parker, the president and CEO of the National Peanut Board. Non-dairy milk has increased sales by 30% since 2011 and 9% since just 2015, according to the market analysis group Mintel. “Peanuts need to be in that space. We felt peanuts could enter the alternative milk space with a product with high protein and nutritional value and still be price competitive. The lower cost of peanuts allows for a nutrient-dense product at a reasonable price to the consumer.”