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Plant-based Dairy Market

Plant-based Dairy Market Trend Analysis By Product (Milk, Frozen Desserts, Butter, Creamers, Yogurt, Cheese), By Nature (Organic, Conventional), By End Use (B2B Consumers, B2C Consumers), By Sales Channel (Direct Channels, Retail Channels) - Global Insights 2021-2031

Analysis of Plant-based Dairy market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Market Outlook for Plant-based Dairy

The plant based dairy market revenue totalled US$ 11 Bn for 2020, according to Fact.MR- a market research and competitive intelligence provider. The overall plant based dairy market is expected to reach US$ 32 Bn by 2031 end, growing at a CAGR of around 11%. The demand for plant based dairy product will accelerate with top 5 providers holding 65% of plant based dairy market in 2021.

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Consumption Analysis of Plant Based Dairy from 2016-2020 Vs Future Outlook 2021-2031

Global market for plant based dairy products flourished at a CAGR Of 9% to reach US$ 11 Bn by 2020. Substantial developments in the organic food industry surged the demand for plant-based dairy across the globe.

Consumption outlook for alternative dairy products, according to Fact.MR’s report, is fairly progressive, projected to reach US$ 32 Bn following a CAGR of 11% over the forecast period 2021-2031.

Based on product, almond milk is the category leader, followed by oat milk, then soy milk. Oat milk has witnessed massive growth over the recent years, rising from a tiny segment of the market in 2018 to the second largest plant-based milk product type in 2020.

According to Plant-Based Foods Association (PBFA), Plant-based milk — the largest plant-based category has reached US$ 2.5 Bn, accounting for 35% of the total plant-based foods market.

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Which Factors Will Induce a Change in the Demand For Plant-Based Dairy During the Forecast Period?

Swelling number of lactose intolerance cases and milk-related allergies in infants stimulates the demand for alternative milk worldwide. Furthermore, environmental concerns, high cholesterol content, and the presence of animal growth hormones in milk are driving the demand for dairy alternatives.

Additionally, growing awareness among consumers about the benefits offered by a vegan diet is one of the prominent factors impelling the demand for dairy alternative products across the world.

Moreover, expanding popularity of organic foods has generated significant grounds for alternative dairy products, anticipated to expand the market over the forecast period.

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Which are Some Lucrative Growth Opportunities for Plant Based Dairy Products?

The Plant Based Foods Association reports that sales of emerging categories of plant based dairy products surpassed US$7 Bn and reached double digit gains of 27% in 2020. However, plant-based milk expanded twice as fast as cow’s milk which opened new doors of opportunities for manufacturers.

Additionally, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) study on consumers’ level of trust in labeling prompted the desire to know more about any product, which embodies an untapped growth opportunity for manufacturers. Favorable marketing and correct positioning of dairy alternatives are stimulating demand from emerging economies.

How Will Changing Trends Impact the Plant Based Dairy Market?

Evolving consumer trends such as the demand for healthy and 'clean labelproductssurged demand for 'functional foods' and the growth in protein substitutes are fostering demand for plant-based dairy products.

Furthermore, cheese alternatives are predicted to be the “next frontier” in plant-based innovation, Advancements in ingredient technology and processing are firing dairy-alternative innovation.

Dairy is meeting the needs of a number of trending diets, including low-FODMAP, keto, and paleo. While most alternatives would be avoided on a low-FODMAP diet, an eating regime that eliminates fermentable short-chain carbohydrates found in many plants, alternatives are popular among paleo, Whole30, and keto dieters.

Country-wise insights

Why the U.S. Experiencing Heightened Demand for Plant-Based Dairy?

U.S dairy consumers are opting for dairy alternatives owing to lactose intolerance, dairy sensitivity, or allergy. Soy and almond milk are the preferred milk alternatives. A CAGR of 10% is estimated for the U.S market.

The burgeoning popularity of organic milk, owing to a rising number of health-conscious consumers is encouraging the dairy alternative producers to expand. As a result of increased indulgence and demand for on-the-go snacks, higher demand for soy desserts has been observed in the U.S.

Why is Plant-Based Dairy Flourishing in China?

Rising population and surging disposable incomes have resulted in spurring demand for dairy alternatives in China. The organic dairy market touched a value of US$ 1.1 Bn in 2020, with a projected expansion rate of 13.6% throughout the forecast period.

Subsequently, raising awareness about the extensive use of fertilizers boosted the market growth for alternative dairy products and is expected to exhibit a strong surge in demand over the next decade.

Soy milk is the largest selling dairy alternative contributes 9.3% of revenue to the Chinese market and is projected to record a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period (2021-2031).

Category-wise insights:

Why is Almond Milk Gaining Traction in the Global Market?

Almond milk sales reached a value of US$ 6.5 Bn in 2020, likely to expand at a CAGR of 14.2% over the forecast period 2021-2031. Rising cases of lactose intolerance and hypercholesterolemia are forecast to fuel the market demand over the projected period.

Due to aesthetic benefits associated with almond milk such as low cholesterol value, it has become a popular choice, especially among vegan consumers. Owing to various applications in frozen desserts and personal care products, the market for almond milk witnessed significant growth.

How do Online Stores Aid Distribution of Plant-Based Dairy Products?

Online stores are easily accessible and a cost-efficient way of market distribution of alternative dairy products such as cheese, yogurts, frozen desserts, etc. Discounted offerings over the traditional prices have surged the adoption of internet-based sales channels worldwide. 

Subsequently, the demand for plant-based dairy products was boosted not only in developed countries but also in developing countries where the retail stores are located in distant geographies. Almost 2 out of 5 sales occur across online channels.

Competitive Landscape

Prominent players are embracing innovative approaches such as ground-breaking marketing tactics, technological advancements, mergers, and acquisitions.   

  • Key manufacturer Danone SA, the French dairy giant made a move into dairy-free by acquiring WhiteWave Foods, the US manufacturer of the Alpro and Silk plant-based dairy-alternative ranges, for US$ 12.5 Bn.
  • In February 2019, Danone announced it was opening a new building at its facility in DuBois, Pennsylvania, dedicated to plant-based food products including yogurt.
  • In December 2019, Danone’s French dairy peer Lactalis announced it was taking its Siggi’s yogurt brand into the plant-based market.
  • In March 2020, Arla announced the launch of a range of chilled, oat-based drinks, to be marketed under a new brand, Jörd, and initially available in Denmark, Sweden and the U.K.

Report Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value & ‘000 Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • MEA

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • GCC
  • South Africa

Key Companies Profiled

  • Danone SA.
  • Lactalis
  • Arla Foods
  • Chobani
  • General Mills
  • Saputo
  • Unilever
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Nestle
  • Bel Group
  • Muller
  • The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
  • Sahmyook Foods.
  • Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Company. ...
  • Axiom Foods, Inc.
  • Daiya Foods Inc.
  • Earth's Own Food Company, Inc.


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Key Segments Covered

  • Product

    • Plant Based Milk (by Protein Source)
      • Almonds
      • Cashews
      • Coconuts
      • Hazelnuts
      • Oats
      • Rice
      • Soy
      • Flax
      • Hemp
      • Macadamia
      • Peanuts
      • Pistachios
      • Quinoa
      • Sesame
      • Others
    • Plant Based Frozen Desserts (by Protein Source)
      • Avocados
      • Oats
      • Cashews
      • Soy
      • Almonds
      • Coconuts
    • Plant Based Butter (by Form)
      • Sticks
      • Spread
    • Plant Based Creamers (by Protein Source)
      • Soy
      • Coconuts
      • Almonds
      • Others
    • Plant Based Yogurt (by Protein Source)
      • Oats
      • Cashews
      • Soy
      • Almonds
      • Coconuts
      • Others
    • Plant Based Cheese (by Form)
      • Blocks and Wedges
      • Creams, Sauces and Spreads
      • Shredded and Crated
      • Sliced
  • Nature

    • Organic Plant Based Dairy
    • Conventional Plant Based Dairy
  • End Use

    • Plant Based Dairy for B2B Consumers
      • Bakery and Confectionary
      • Snacks and Savouries
      • Ready Meals
      • HoReCa
      • Other Food Products
    • Plant Based Dairy for B2C Consumers
      • HoReCa
      • Household
  • Sales Channel

    • Plant Based Dairy Sales through Direct Channels
    • Plant Based Dairy Sales through Retail Channels
      • Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
      • Convenience Stores
      • Independent Grocery Stores
      • Specialty Stores
      • Online Stores

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As of 2020, sales of plant based dairy reached US$ 11 Bn

From 2016 to 2020, sales of plant based dairy expanded at approximately 9% CAGR

From 2021 to 2031, demand for Plant based dairy is expected to surge at approximately 11 % CAGR

Adoption of organic foods and online distribution of alternative dairy products is likely to open new doors for plant based dairy products

Increasing awareness about clean label food products has surged the demand for plant based dairy products worldwide

Demand for plant based dairy in Asia is expected to account for 50% of revenue until 2031.

Due to agriculturally based culture and growing purchasing power and disposable income in emerging countries, the market demand is expected to surge in Asia region.

Danone SA., Lactalis, Arla Foods, Chobani and General Mills are some prominent plants based dairy manufacturers included in the report

Plant based almond milk segment is the fastest growing segment in the market, expected to grow at over 14% CAGR.

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