amande Frequently Asked Questions

What makes amande unique?

What does "natural flavors" refer to in the ingredient listings?

Why does amande use fruit juice as a sweetener instead of sugar?

Why does the amande Plain have fruit juice sweetener?

Are the almonds in amande irradiated? Are they treated with PPO?

Is amande gluten free?

Are the cultures in amande vegan?

What is pectin and why is it used it in amande yogurt?

Why is there occasionally watery liquid on the top when I open the container and what should I do with it?

What does the code date on the side of the container signify?

Can I freeze amande?

Does heat affect the live cultures?

Are the amande containers recyclable?

How long do the live cultures last after the container has been opened?

Is amande fortified with calcium?



What makes amande unique?

AMANDE, an American original, is an all-vegan, almond yogurt that satisfies your craving for a luscious, creamy alternative to dairy and soy, French for “almond” AMANDE is the most dairy-like non-dairy yogurt with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, just pure goodness. In addition, amande is,
  • Vegan and dairy free
  • Fruit juice sweetened with peach and pineapple juice
  • Gluten free
  • Soy free
  • Certified NON-GMO
  • Six live cultures that are grown in a non-dairy medium
  • Certified Kosher
  • Family-owned and operated

What does "natural flavors" refer to in your ingredients listings?

The "natural flavors" listed on the ingredient statements include only concentrates of the fruit listed on the label, and essences of the fruit that are separated during the concentration process and later returned to the fruit for their flavor contribution. "Natural flavors" does not mean MSG. The labeling laws require that these concentrates and essences be listed as "natural flavors" even though they are part of the same fruit already listed.


Why does amande use fruit juice as a sweetener instead of sugar?

Because it's healthier and more natural. We have heard from many people who are sensitive to refined sugar that they do not react to the fruit juice sweetener in the amande yogurt. Our fruit juice sweetener is made from peach and pineapple juice that has no added sugar. The sweetness comes only from the fruit. Our 6-ounce yogurts contain approximately three quarters of an ounce of fruit juice concentrate by weight, which is about seventy percent natural fruit sugar. This is half an ounce or about one tablespoon, considerably less sweetener than most other yogurt brands.


Why does the amande Plain have fruit juice sweetener?

People are understandably surprised to see sweetener listed in plain amande since most plain dairy-derived yogurt does not list any sweetener ingredient. Milk naturally contains lactose sugar and this lactose is what provides fuel for the cultures to grow on. Almonds do not naturally contain any fuel for the cultures to grow on. Therefore, we have to add just enough fruit juice sweetener to provide fuel for the cultures just as milk does.


Are the almonds in amande irradiated? Are they treated with PPO?

The FDA requires one of five approved methods for processing almonds marketed in the US: Oil roasting, dry roasting, blanching, steam processing and propylene oxide (PPO) processes. Our almonds are blanched. Blanching is a form of steam pasteurization and is the least intrusive method of meeting state and federal requirements for processing almonds.

We do not use irradiated almonds or PPO (Pasteurization using Propylene Oxide) almonds.


Is amande gluten free?

Yes, all our products are gluten free. Each and every ingredient we use in our amande products is 100% gluten and wheat free.


Are the cultures in amande vegan?

Yes, all six cultures, even the probiotics, are grown in a non-dairy medium.


What is Pectin and why is it used it in the amande yogurts?

Pectin is a natural occurring stabilizer obtained from fruit. We use a small amount of citrus pectin to help keep the yogurt from separating in transit.


Why is there occasionally watery liquid on the top when I open the container and what should I do with it?

The watery liquid contains many of the live and active cultures used to change the almond milk into yogurt and we recommend stirring the liquid back into the yogurt. The liquid occurs if the product is bumped or shaken in transit. This can cause some separation. amande doesn't use gelatin just a small amount of a gentle natural stabilizer, so a little bit of liquid is a normal occurrence.


What does the code date on the side of the container signify?

The code date on the container is the sell by date. This is the date when the cultures slowly start to diminish. To get the maximum benefit from the live cultures our products should be eaten by the code date and should be refrigerated until eaten. However, because of the live cultures, yogurt is also a very safe food. All amande products are good to eat past the sell by date. Traditionally cultures were used to preserve food and cultured products are not like milk or meat that can spoil by their expiration date. Live active cultures retard colonization of putrefactive bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella that can make you ill.


Can I freeze amande yogurt?

Yes, you can freeze the amande yogurt but the consistency and texture changes when thawed. The yogurt will separate. The live cultures become inactive when frozen but freezing alone does not kill them.


Does cooking with yogurt affect the live cultures?

Temperature plays an important role with live active cultures. If yogurt is used in a recipe that requires even moderate heating the living yogurt bacteria may be detrimentally affected to some degree. However, amande still is an excellent substitute for dairy in recipes and offers valuable calcium and protein nutrients.


Are amande containers recyclable?

amande yogurt containers are made from Polypropylene #5. We are always actively looking for the most environmentally friendly packaging alternatives available. One of the advantages of Polypropylene #5 is that it can be made into thinner walled cups and, therefore, uses less plastic than any available alternative. In fact 30% less plastic is used. In addition Polypropylene is manufactured without chlorine, which is harmful to the environment. Polypropylene #5 is not recyclable in all areas. HDPE #2 is recyclable in more communities but we have the dilemma of more plastic per container etc. We encourage people who live in communities that don't recycle the Polypropylene #5 containers to lobby their city councils. You can also send your Cascade Fresh containers for recycling to

Fibres International
Re: Cascade Fresh
9205 Airport Road
Suite 100
Everett WA 98204


How long do the live active cultures last after the container has been opened?

As long as the product has had consistent refrigeration then the cultures stay active. However, to get the maximum benefit from the live cultures it should be eaten by the code date on the cup and it should be refrigerated until eaten. The culture counts diminish if allowed to warm up for any appreciable period of time. Letting the yogurt warm to room temperature for 3 to 6 hours, such as taking it to school or work for lunch is fine, but the product should be consumed at that time. If warmed yogurt is then refrigerated, to be eaten later, there is a possibility that the growth of organisms other than the yogurt cultures, stimulated by the warming, may cause the yogurt to spoil before the code date.


Is amande fortified with Calcium?

The amande yogurt is fortified with Tricalcium Phosphate, a mineral sourced from rock. It is 100% vegan.