Looking ahead to 2018, new non-dairy milks are expected to find a larger consumer base:
According to a recent Packaged Facts report, the dairy and dairy alternative beverage market is projected to be worth $28 billion by 2021.
Leading the growth away from traditional milk products is consumers looking for healthier options. In addition, consumers are increasingly concerned about animal welfare and choosing plant-based beverage because of ethical reasons.
Though soy, rice and almond milk products have been on the market for some time, newer plant-based beverages are entering the market.
Among some of the trending non-dairy milks North American Hemp & Grain Co. will pay close attention to in 2018:
Hemp Milk: The potential for rapid growth as consumers look for alternatives to the established plant-based beverage segments. Hemp is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids as well as being a good source of plant-based protein, with all ten essential amino acids.Hemp milk provides more iron than cow’s milk. It’s also very high in omega 3/6/9.
Pea Milk: While the idea of pea milk may sound quite unappetizing to some, it does have certain advantages over other dairy alternatives that may make it a hit. For starters, 8 grams of protein, the same as cows’ milk, compared to about 1 gram of protein in coconut or almond milk. Another is half the sugar of cows’ milk—something more and more of us are sensitive to as we watch our waistlines—along with 50% more calcium, and vitamin D and iron.
Rice Milk: Rice milk is the most hypoallergenic of the milk alternatives. It’s free of soy, gluten and nuts, important for those who are allergic or can’t tolerate these ingredients.
Production of animal proteins is viewed as less “environmentally economic” when compared to the production of plant proteins. The growing awareness of the large amount of greenhouse gases generated globally through livestock production is recognized by both consumers and food manufacturers alike. Plant protein production, on the other hand, offers a lower environmental impact and a sustainable solution by reducing energy consumption, emissions, land usage, and water consumption, and also offers better input conversion efficiency.
Plant Protein Production vs Animal Protein Production
|Energy Consumption||6-20 times less fossil fuel input¹|
|Emissions||Livestock accounts for 40% more emissions than does Transport²|
|Land Use||17 times less land¹|
|Water Consumption||100 times less water³|
|Protein Conversion Efficiency||10 times more efficient¹|
North American Hemp & Grain Co. Ltd Specializing in contract manufacturing Hemp & Other Plant-Based Ingredients Both Dry & Liquid Processing.
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