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MoneyVegan milk sales soar 70% in the UK as more Brits switch to plant-based alternatives

17:00  19 july  2019
17:00  19 july  2019 Source:   uk.finance.yahoo.com

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Vegan milk sales soar 70% in the UK as more Brits switch to plant-based alternatives © Getty

Sales of plant milk are soaring in the UK, as vegan diets grow in popularity and Brits become increasingly health and environmentally-conscious.

Research by Mintel shows plant-based milks are causing something of a stir, as British shoppers are branching out in their tastes — including almond, oat, coconut, and pea.

Oat milk sales have surged by a whopping 71% in 2019, as Brits have bought over £36m worth of the dairy alternative.

Meanwhile, coconut milk sales rose 16% and sales of almond milk increased 10%.

Reflecting this, Swedish oat milk brand Oatly reported its UK sales shot up by 90% to £18m in 2018. The company expects UK sales will surpass £30m this year.

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Sales of plant - based 'non-dairy' milk like Oatly is soaring , which has huge implications for dairy In the US, alternative milks are also shunting dairy from our fridge doors: Mintel says sales have For the time being though, standard cow’s milk is still the drink of choice for the majority of Brits and

In 2017 UK vegan milk sales increased by 30 percent since 2015 - reaching a total of £367 million. “Now there are four milk alternatives alongside milk .” Many have stated that almond, coconut, pea, oat, and other plant milks should not be marketed in the same way as dairy, with the term “ milk ” only

In March, Oatly announced it is eyeing the UK to be the location for a new factory due to this soaring demand.

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While plant milks continue to grow in popularity, they still make up just 4% of the milk market — 96% of milk sales in 2018 remained cow milk.

But while cow is still the most widely-bought and consumed milk, its popularity is now skewed towards older consumers, according to Mintel.

In a survey of 2,000 Brits, nine in 10 (92%) people aged 45 or older said they had drunk cow’s milk in the three months to January 2019. By contrast, fewer 16 to 24-year-olds are drinking dairy milk than every before — down 6% to 73% this year.

One in three Brits in this age bracket instead opts for plant-based milk, helping to drive the plant-based revolution.

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Milk sales were down by more than a billion dollars in 2018, while the market for plant milk alternatives keeps growing. Options like almond milk , soy milk , rice milk , coconut milk , and hemp milk are beginning to demand more and more space on grocery store shelves as consumers have

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Vegan milk sales soar 70% in the UK as more Brits switch to plant-based alternatives Sales of oat milk soared 71% in 2018. Photo: Richard B. Levine/SIPA USA/PA Images On top of this, a quarter (26%) of women prefer non-dairy milk.

Concerns about “health, ethics, and the environment” — as well as “consumers’ love of variety in their diets” — are driving sales of plant milk, according to Emma Clifford, associate director of UK Food and Drink.

The trend reflects a rise in veganism in the UK. The number of vegans in Britain has risen from 150,000 in 2014 to 600,000 in 2018, according to the Vegan Society.

However, 37% of 16 to 24-year-olds told Mintel health is the main reason they are drinking less cow milk, and 36% claimed dairy farming isn't good for the environment.

Here are some of the best plant milk options, according to sustainability consultants Eco-Age:

The best alternatives to dairy milk

Oat — Oat has very little environmental impact. The grain requires little water and can be grown in Europe, reducing its carbon footprint. It’s also a great source of fibre and takes just 10 minutes to make at home.

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switch to the UK edition. The study, published in the journal Science, created a huge dataset based on almost 40,000 farms in 119 countries and covering 40 food “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification

Plant milk ( plant - based liquids, alternative milk , nut milk or vegan milk ) is a manufactured, nondairy beverage made from a water-based plant extract for flavoring and aroma.

Hemp — Hemp grain requires very little water to grow and does so without the use of pesticides, making it great for the environment. It’s high in omega-3, making it beneficial to vegans, who often have less of it in their diet than omnivores.

Coconut — While coconut farming is relatively low-impact, it can only be grown in tropical climates, meaning the carbon footprint of coconut milk is quite high. It is rich in healthy fats and anti-bacterial properties.

Rice — Rice milk requires a lot of water in its production, but not as much as almond milk, and it is ultimately better for the environment than diary. It provides calcium, vitamin B, and magnesium — all great for bone health.

Soy — Soy takes up vast amounts of land and is a top contributor to the deforestation of Brazil’s Amazonian rainforest. But this is partly due to its incredibly high production to feed livestock. Soy is very high in protein and tastes the most like dairy.

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