Last week in the grocery store I noticed with dismay that my favorite coconut vanilla flavor Silk milk had a “new and improved” label on it’s carton. In my experience, “new and improved” usually isn’t improved. It’s usually just cheaper for the manufacturer and somehow less than impressive for the consumer. This time is no exception.
Upon looking closer at the new label, I discovered one glaring change: cane sugar instead of evaporated cane juice. What is the difference you ask? Regular sugar has been whitened by using bone meal. So, even though evaporated cane juice is more pricey, I made the decision long ago to use it.
In addition to my coconut milk being almost sickenly sweet now (yes, I did buy some before I realized what the difference was), as well as filtered through bone meal, it also is thinner than before.
I looked at the Silk soy in my refrigerator, and it has the same issue. I do not know about the other Silk flavors and types, but I imagine they have also been changed, or will be soon. Check yours. Make an informed choice. Personally, I will be trying out other brands.
What it comes down to is that the makers of Silk have decided to lessen their production costs at our expense. They did this once before when the company was purchased from it’s original owners. With no notice, it went from being organic to non-organic. I kept buying it then, because it still had better flavor and texture than most others. This time, I’m not continuing the march into mediocrity.
If you are as unhappy about this as I am, please contact Silk and let them know. If enough of us complain and take our business elsewhere, perhaps they will listen and go back to healthier options.