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Published on : Feb 23, 2016

Dairy alternatives are majorly known as plant-based milk processed using cereals, nuts, and seeds. These alternatives are low in fat as well as cholesterol. The common dairy alternatives have been elaborated upon as under along with mentioning their position in the dairy alternatives market.

  • Soy: Soy is a staple in a number of Asian cultures, conventional soy milk are manufactured using whole bean, a soy beverage, and a dairy type milk. Majority of the soy milk within Australia is made via imported soy protein. China, the U.S., and Brazil have been producing the majority of soybeans globally. Soy is a great source of calcium, protein, and other nutrients. On the basis of the quantity of water utilized is dependent on the produced soy milk product. Soy is the most popular non-dairy alternative and holds the largest share in the dairy alternatives market
  • Almonds: Almonds have been consumed since a number of years within the Mediterranean region and the Middle East. Almond milk is becoming an extremely vital alternative to dairy as well as for those allergic to soy. Just in the way soy has been used, almond can also be utilized as a replacement for dairy and has light taste, hence is an excellent product for cooking sweet dishes. 82% of the almonds produced globally have been grown in California. Almonds require to be watered throughout the year.
  • Coconut: Coconut is extremely high in nutrients and coconut milk is manufactured from using the coconut flesh. The milk is made by cooking of the flesh in water and the cream which comes on top is skimmed off. On the downside, coconut milk as a dairy alternative is very high in saturated fat as compared to other non-dairy substitutes. This is why it cannot be consumed on daily basis. Coconuts have been grown in tropical and sub-tropical areas across 80 countries. 
  • Rice: Rice requires a lot of water for its growth, therefore rice milk has a big water footprint in comparison with other non-dairy alternatives. Rice milk has low popularity globally, however, rice milk is a good option for those suffering from allergies to gluten and soy.

Thus, dairy alternatives are primarily consumed by lactose or dairy, intolerant consumers having milk allergies and vegans. The demand for soy products is poised to rise in the coming years and will be trailed by the demand for other dairy alternatives, thus boosting market growth.