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.


Leaf, Liverpool 65-67 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EZ

Leaf is an independent tearoom, bar and restaurant that offer a variety of tasty free from meals. Located in the heart of Liverpool, Leaf is a must if you want ease and peace of mind with your free from diet.

Cookies and Scream, London The Market Hall, Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF

Cookies and Scream is a multi-award winning, fully vegan and gluten free bakery in Camden Town, London. Every product is dairy, egg, wheat and gluten free. All bakes are low fat, low cholesterol and made with unrefined sugars.

Dishoom, London 7 Boundary Street, London E2 7JE

If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a lactose-free lunch, head to the Dishoom in Shoreditch. This must visit London hotspot is bursting with plenty of personality and heritage. Not only does it serve some of the tastiest food in London, but you’ll also find a special menu packed full of dairy-free options.

Dahkin, Glasgow 89 Candlegriggs, Merchant City, Glasgow, Scotland, G1 1NP

Dahkin serves up delicious south Indian cuisine with an array of free from options. Visitors travel far and wide to sample the attentive service and mouth-watering dishes. A must try for all.

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