August 22 is World Plant Milk Day, an international celebration of plant-based dairy alternatives. Though the inaugural World Plant Milk Day was only in 2017, there’s no denying the meteoric rise of dairy-free milk in the past few years. In the UK, almost a quarter of consumers use milk alternatives, with 33 percent of 16-24-year-olds ditching the dairy in favour of alternatives like soy, almond, or coconut milk. Alongside these staples, new products like oat, pea, and hemp milk are providing consumers with greater choice than ever before.
Up until now, the dairy-free milk sector’s growth has been largely attributable to the growing trend for veganism and plant-based living. Consumers are replacing the milk in their cereal or their coffee, but only 25 percent use plant-based milks in cooking, compared with 42 percent for dairy. Increasingly, manufacturers of dairy-free milks are seeking to diversify the functionality of their products for use throughout the kitchen. Whether it’s curries filled with coconut milk or baking recipes showcasing almond milk, there are as many uses of dairy-free milks as there are for dairy. It’s just a matter of encouraging consumers to experiment.
Here are the top products in the alternative milk category available.
GOOD HEMP – filled with good, free from bad.
Since discovering the miraculous power of hemp in the 1990s on Collabear Farm in Devon, where it is still manufactured today, Good Hemp has been committed to making delicious products that make a difference to the planet.
Hemp makes the most sustainable alternative milk available – it actually absorbs C02 while it grows, making it a carbon negative crop. In fact, just one hectare of hemp offsets a year’s carbon from two cars. Hemp replenishes soils nutrients and needs no pesticides or herbicides to grow.
Free from nuts, dairy, soy, and a natural source of good fats with Omega – 3 & 6. Good Hemp milk has a clear message for dairy and non-dairy drinkers - hemp is good for you and for the planet.
Two products available, Creamy Seed Milk, a mild all-rounder with just three ingredients and Barista Seed Milk, smooth & frothable, perfect for coffee.
The Isola Bio range includes a variety of plant-based milks to suit any dietary choice. They are made with a simple list of natural ingredients and carefully created recipes unique to Isola Bio.
The 1L vegan milk selection includes: Almond Milk, Almond Milk with Calcium, Oat Milk, Brown Rice Milk, Soy Milk and Rice Coconut Milk.
Isola Bio has been making plant-based milks and drinks in Italy since 1999. Their team has a collective passion for good food and use this to provide a high quality, organic range of plant-based milks and drinks. Alongside this passion, they are a very environmentally conscious and sustainably minded company. In 2007 they established a farm in Italy so that they could cultivate their own fields, trace the grains from field to harvest and ensure only the very best, organic ingredients are used in their products. Isola Bio is a certified B Corp, and all the TetraPak packaging is recyclable.
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OTIS OAT M!LK
Introducing Otis Oat M!lk. Made with nutritious oats grown in the South Island of New Zealand, Otis is a New Zealand’s first domestic oat milk company. The Otis team have successfully completed an on-trade launch into NZ's top cafes throughout Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown. “We started Otis with one clear purpose, to play a part in elevating the conversation about the need for New Zealand to diversify its agriculture sector, away from our economic dependence on dairy and toward a more sustainable plant-based future,” said founder, Tim Ryan.
“We hope Otis can play a small part in continuing the debate about how NZ can steer toward being a world leader in plant-based food production.” Focused on minimising the brand’s environmental impact, the duo is also pushing for a more sustainable packaging solution for its product. Otis have just successfully taken on investment and will build NZ's first plant-based food and beverage facility, able to output 20 million litres of milk per year, coming online late 2020. The factory will output a 1-litre supermarket shelf variant, as well as the cafe on trade option. "We are incredibly excited and hungry for what this company has to come in the next year, we were just announced as NZ Food Awards finalists too so the futures looking oatey!"
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LITTLE ISLAND CREAMERY
Since the launch of its first products in 2010, Little Island has been at the forefront of plant milk innovation in New Zealand, leading the way into the premium chilled category with a fantastic range of products to suit every taste and occasion. Starting with organic coconut as its base, last year the plant based brand extended the range to include blends of almond and oat milk, as well as a calcium-enriched variant. Expect more from the Kiwi based brand in the coming year as Little Island will deliver on both taste and technology.