In time to fill back-to-school lunchboxes, WayFare Foods announced that its creamy, vegan puddings now are available in Albertsons stores nationwide. The chocolate variety is available in more than 1,500 stores, while 230 of Albertsons in the southwest also carry the vanilla flavor. 

The plant-based, Bozeman, Mont.-based company notes that its commitment to sustainable growth aligns with products Certified Free From the Top 9 Allergens. The brand offers other household staples, such as plant-based yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream and butter, it adds.

The silky-smooth vegan puddings are nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher. Each tastes similar to traditional pudding many enjoyed in childhood, minus the dairy. The puddings are made from whole food ingredients, including butter beans and oats.

"We at WayFare know that families adopting a vegan lifestyle, in particular, don't want to give up their favorite snacking choices," said Founder Kelly Coffin. "I've witnessed that myself with my kids, who love us to pack puddings in their lunches, so making them available at Albertsons is convenient. Our delicious puddings have the flavors and textures we love in puddings, with the benefits being plant-based.”

In addition to being the “best plant-based puddings you've ever tasted,” Coffin explains that her company’s Top 9 Free From Certification is a significant differentiator in the industry, as most other plant-based brands use soy and nuts. The brand's commitment to whole food nutrition and innovative manufacturing also sets it apart. At the same time, its products' taste and versatility make it a go-to choice for consumers looking for healthier alternatives.

Albertsons joins a growing list of major grocery outlets carrying WayFare products, helping it become a household name to consumers looking to eliminate or reduce their dairy consumption. Albertsons and its family of stores include Safeway, Jewel, Acme and Shaws.