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The dairy industry is facing big challenges from the dairy alternatives market, which is no longer dominated only by soy products.

According to Rabobank, alternatives now cover a range of plant-based proteins from pea to nuts, lupins to hemp, and products have extended beyond milk substitutes to include a range of cheeses, yoghurt, desserts and ice cream.

Some traditional dairy companies and organisations have chosen to focus on increasing marketing for the positives of dairy products, while others have gone on an anti-plant-based offensive.

Yet others have joined the party, either catering to flexitarians, vegetarians, or vegans with their own range of products, or through acquisitions.

US per-capita consumption of dairy milk beverages decreased by 22 per cent between 2000 and 2016, according to data from USDA’s economic research service, with the biggest drop seen in fat-free and skim milk (whole milk, in contrast, is seeing a slight resurgence).

Packaging News

Australian eco-startup Zero Co, innovator of a closed loop packaging model for cleaning products, has smashed the country’s record for the largest crowdfunding campaign in history, raising $5 million in just six hours and 27 minutes.

In line with its ambitious sustainability targets, food manufacturer Goodman Fielder has changed the packaging for Praise Mayo and Aioli, with bottles and jars made by Pact Group using 100% recycled PET.

APCO, in partnership with Dairy Australia and the ADPF, has published a sustainable packaging roadmap for the dairy industry in a bid to fuel the sector’s 2025 National Packaging Targets.