milk, cheese and yogurt from products that originate
from plants instead of animals.
Of all the non-dairy varieties available, almond
milk is currently the industry’s darling. The almond
milk category is projected to grow 36% by 2020,
while dairy milk sales are projected to decline 8% by
2020, according to Mintel. According to Nielsen, in
the past five years, U.S. sales of almond milk have
grown 250% to more than $894.6 million in 2015.
In addition, Technavio’s analysts forecast the global
almond milk market to grow at a CAGR of 15.45%
during the period 2016-2020.
At the Natural Products Expo West 2017, Califia
Farms launched its new Homestyle Organic
Nutmilks, a premium line of USDA Certified Organic
dairy alternative beverages formulated with organic
nuts, water, oat fiber and sea salt. The three flavors
include: Almond, Cashew and Coconut and are
vegan and contain no dairy, GMOs, soy, carrageenan
or gluten. At the beginning of the year, Coffeemate
introduced the Natural Bliss line to offer consumers
an alternative to traditional dairy creamers. Available
in four flavors: Caramel Almond Milk, Hazelnut
Almond Milk, Vanilla Almond Milk and Sweet
Crème Coconut Milk. The brand highlights ingredients such as real almonds, coconuts from Sumatra,
vanilla from Madagascar and pure cane sugar.
In 2016, liquor company Baileys debuted Baileys
Almande, which was marketed as a dairy-free,
gluten-free and vegan Irish cream option formulated with almond milk, almond essence, cane
sugar, purified water and real vanilla. However, the
company received backlash because the formula
contained beeswax and was not considered vegan. In
2017, Baileys reformulated and now the product is
Cultured non-dairy yogurt
The yogurt aisle is getting a makeover with a
plethora of cultured non-dairy products based on
a variety of plant-based ingredients such as soy,
almond, coconut, cashew, chia, hemp, flaxseed, rice,
oat and quinoa.
Forager Project introduced of a new line of
Dairy-free Drinkable Cashewgurts, which are
crafted with organic cashews and a blend of 10 different probiotics that contain 100 million of total live
& active cultures per gram offered in Strawberry,
Unsweetened Plain, and Wild Blueberry varieties.
The company also offers a line of spoonable Creamy
Dairy-free Cashewgurt in seven flavors such as
Cherry, Coconut and Lemon. At the end of last year,
Good Karma launched a line of dairy-free yogurt
based on cold-pressed flaxseed oil that contains
Omega- 3 healthy fats, 5-6 grams of plant-based
protein and has up to seven live active cultures.
Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry and Vanilla
flavors are available.
Kite Hill, the California-based maker of premium
nut milk cheeses offers a variety of nut-based
products including artisanal nut cheeses, cultured
cream cheese-style spreads, frozen ravioli and
cultured yogurts. Kite Hill has many new products in
development. Expected in September and to be sold
exclusively at Whole Foods, the brand will rollout
new child-friendly almond-milk yogurt tubes in two
flavors: Strawberry-Banana and Wild Berry. Kite
Hill will also launch four drinkable vegan yogurts:
Berry, Mango, Plain Unsweetened and Vanilla
flavors, which will be fortified with probiotics,
calcium, and vitamins A, D, and B- 12. Additionally,
seven flavors of Greek-style yogurt that boasts more
than 10 grams of plant-based protein per serving will
In addition to the current plant-based ingredients on the market, new products are in the
pipeline. Ripple, the makers of Ripple Milk, is
launching a dairy-free Greek yogurt using the same
proprietary pea protein ingredient dubbed Ripptein.
This fall, Whole Foods will stock a new line of
Lavva yogurts based on the Pili nut, which is a
distinctive, tear-shaped nut native to Southeast Asia
and the Pacific islands.
We all scream for dairy-free ice cream
According to Mintel research, the share of global
dessert and ice cream launches featuring a vegan
claim has increased from 2% in 2014 to 3% in 2015
and 4% in 2016, with Europe accounting for 59%
of all launches in 2016. According to Future Market
Baileys Almande is a dairy-free Almondmilk liqueur formulated with almond
milk, almond essence, cane sugar, purified water, and real vanilla. Photo
courtesy of Baileys.