Dairy-alternative drinks available in four varieties
September 5, 2017
Pacific Foods, Tualatin, Ore., is adding Cashew Non-Dairy to its existing seven varieties of shelf-stable dairy alternatives. The new variety is made with Organic and Fair Trade-Certified cashews that are ethically sourced.
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Although the dairy and dairy alternatives market is expected to see decelerated growth, innovation with a variety of plant-based alternatives is expected to continue to drive the category going forward, experts say. New York-based Beverage Marketing Corporation notes that the dairy milk market has experienced continuous declines throughout the past several years in its December 2016 report titled “U.S. Milk and Dairy Beverages through 2020.”
After closing Elmhurst Dairy last year, Henry Schwartz has debuted Elmhurst Milked, a new brand of vegan nut milks available in select grocery stores and specialty markets as well as nationwide through a direct-order system.
Despite seeing significant growth during the 2010-2015 timeframe, the dairy and dairy alternatives category has seen a deceleration in growth, according to experts. Although the growth will be at a slower pace, the category still is expected to continue gaining share in the beverage market going forward.
It’s hard to believe that 2016 is just around the corner. After things wind down from the holiday rush, I enjoy reflecting on everything that I experienced during the year. However, I must admit, I also have a tendency to start planning new adventures and challenges for the year ahead.
With Rockville, Md.-based Packaged Facts estimating the dairy and dairy alternative beverage category will grow from a $23.8 billion industry in 2014 to a $31.5 billion industry by 2019 in its April report titled “Dairy and Dairy Alternative Beverage Trends in the U.S.,” more beverage-makers will be in search of contract manufacturers to support their beverage-making needs.