Information collected by market researchers Mintel shows that there has been a 30% increase in the sales of plant-based milk in the UK since 2015.
They found that in particular, almond milk is dominating the dairy-free market.
The researchers found that UK plant-based milk sales in 2017 totalled a staggering £376 million, which is having a significant impact on dairy farmers.
Michael Oakes, chair of the National Farmers Union national dairy board stated:
“When you used to go into a coffee shop, you used to have it with milk or without. Now there are four milk alternatives alongside milk”.
Researchers also found that consumption of plant-based milk is highest in those under the age of 35.
Mintel believes that this desire to consume dairy-free milk is a result of environmental concerns.
One of the most prominent names in the dairy-free market is Oatly, which has been around for 25 years.
In 2012, Oatly experienced sales of around £15 million, however, their sales are now estimated to be around £102.5 million.
The company’s CEO, Toni Peterson, said:
“We’ve been here for a while, but it’s not until recently you can see a bigger movement towards plant-based drinks”.
“Everyone’s interested in health and sustainability”.
Plant-based milk options in the UK are steadily growing, with big name brands such as Innocent creating new and exciting vegan products.