Under plant-based pressure: “Plenty of room on the shelf,” say dairy ingredient suppliers
Interest in plant-based nutrition is showing no signs of slowing down, with The Plant Kingdom being one of Innova Market Insights’ Top Trends for 2019. Almost 6percent of global food and beverage launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in the 12 months to the end of September 2018, used vegan-friendly positionings, up from just 1.4 percent five years previously. Even in therelatively developed US market, share has more than doubled from 3.4 percent to8 percent over the same period, while in the UK it is up from less than 5percent to 13.5 percent. Despite this growing dairy alternative space, dairy suppliers remain upbeat on the market outlook for dairy ingredients, however,listing the growing demand for protein, complete amino acid profiles and a body of clinical evidence as the main strengths.
- FrieslandCampina: “It’s a good thing thatplant-based proteins are starting to improve and be more accessible in a wider variety,” says Ramon Mommersteeg of FrieslandCampina. “If we look even furtherthan this year or next year, and in the long-term, we will need all the protein in the world to feed the growing population.” he says.
- NZMP: “You can’t deny the plant-based trend, especially with the rise of not only vegetarian, but pure vegan products as well. We also see growth in the plant-based drinks industry, so more and more almond milks, rice milks and so on, are replacing traditional dairy drinks,” says Thijs Bosch of NZMP. However, Bosch affirms the continuing need for dairy products, such as in the infant nutrition space.
- Arla Foods Ingredients: “When we look at both thevegetable proteins and our whey proteins, there is space for all of us,”affirms Inge Lise Povlsen, Senior Category & Application Manager, at Arla Foods Ingredients. She highlights the strong potential for blending different protein sources and ingredients