Competition is Reshaping the Milk BusinessJune 2018 - Ben Laine
- Consumer lifestyle changes and cultural shifts are the main drivers behind declining fluid milk demand. Meanwhile, sales of plant-based milk alternatives have surged in recent years.
- Sales of plant-based milk alternatives should continue to grow by 15 to 25 percent by 2022. But, given the small size of the market, further expansion of plant-based milk sales will play only a minor role in the decline of fluid milk consumption.
- New value-added and niche dairy products are slowing the rate of decline in milk sales in a highly competitive beverage market.
- As cow’s milk differentiates itself into a variety of premium products, supply chains will be challenged to handle smaller volumes of a wider selection of products.
- Plant-based milk alternatives will hasten change in the dairy industry as marketing costs and slotting fees increase across the dairy case and further pressure the already low-margin gallon-jug business.
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