Consumers are going nuts for dairy free
Forget mad cows, consumers are going nuts for non-dairy alternatives such as almond milk and coconut milk.
Whether it’s due to an allergy to milk, ethical concerns or eating patterns, more people are including dairy alternatives in their diet than ever before. There has been a 155% growth in the non-dairy market since 2012 and new research from Mintel reveals that sales of free-from foods are forecast to grow 13% to reach £531 million in 2016, up from an estimated £470 million in 2015.
The market growth comes as a result of free-from users widening their repertoires, with almost half (48%) of those who eat or buy free-from saying they are likely to eat more free-from food in the next year. What’s more, Mintel forecast the market to grow further, to reach £673 million by 2020.
There’s a great variety of dairy free options available today, from oat, rice, soy, almond and other nut based varieties, even seed options from flax or sunflower. But coconut and almond milks are the most popular among consumers with a 40% increase in almond milk sales since 2014.
Seeking out restaurants that offer free from options can be a challenge, so here’s some that are worth a visit.