Non-Dairy Milk Sales Skyrocketing

According to a new report by Packaged Facts, consumers are head over heels for non-dairy milks. Milk alternatives now account for a whopping 20% of the overall market—up from barely 14% in 2010.

Almond milk takes the cake as far as popular favorites. Between 2013 and 2014, sales of almond milk increase 40%. Coconut milk sales have also boomed. And with the addition of (delicious!) cashew milks, hemp milks and other unique alternatives, this market continues to innovate.

“The next several years will see intensified competition between dairy and dairy alternative beverages as both consumer comfort with the alternatives and criticism of dairy foods continue to grow,” says David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts, in a press release. “Sales of plant-based dairy alternatives, especially almond milk, show no signs of slowing and new alternative sources are expected to drive the alternative segment even faster and higher over the next several years.”

The growing popularity of non-dairy milk comes amidst reports of the health risks of dairy consumption, as well as increasing problems with lactose intolerance.

Almond milk, all the way!

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Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

A wizard of words, lover of all living things and vegan mac 'n cheese master, Hannah is the Editor-In-Chief and Founder of Her writing has appeared in Live Happy magazine, the Miami New Times,,, and numerous other publications and websites. She's obsessed with vegan pizza and crop tops, and is totally addicted to the outdoors. You can reach Hannah directly at

3 Responses

  1. Juliane says:

    Love these news bytes! so inspiring <3

  2. Dana Craig says:

    Well, this sounds like a good thing, but as demand grows for coconut milk, where is it going to come from? Probably by more clearcutting of tropical forests all over the world.

    The situation is probably similar for any other crop for which there is strongly increasing demand, be it cocoa (chocolate), almonds, hemp, or any other trendy foodstuff. More acreage for one crop means an equivalent loss or destruction of existing ecosystems with environmental impacts reaching beyond the area of cultivation – new roads, waterways, etc.

    • Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief says:

      Hi Dana, It’s true that we should all be concerned about ethical sourcing of ingredients, but it’s important to remember that animal products are FAR more detrimental to ecosystems than anything plant-based. Yes, non-dairy milk production (be it coconut or almond or cashew) still has an effect on our ecosystem, but that effect is drastically lower than the damage done by their dairy counterparts. So the switch to non-dairy is exponentially better for the environment in the long run.

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