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Non-dairy creamer is a substance used as a substitute for milk or cream as an addition to coffee or other beverages. Unlike "real" milk and cream, powdered creamers do not require refrigeration and have a long shelf life.
Non-dairy creamers typically contain sodium caseinate, a milk protein (casein) derivative that does not contain lactose and is not considered a dairy product. Other common ingredients include corn syrup and vegetable oil solids. Some creamers are based on soy milk rather than on milk protein.
Nestlé Coffee-Mate, introduced in 1961, was the first powdered non-dairy creamer. Today creamers are available in both powder and liquid forms, and with various flavorings added.
- Coffee-Mate web site