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Sep 2, 2016

With almond milk leading the charge, the dairy alternative category continue to impress. Recent retail sales data compiled by IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm, showed big gains for refrigerated almond milk in multi-serve format, sales of which were up 6 percent in a year-over-year comparison for the four weeks ending on July 10. The segment is nearing $1 billion in sales, and although Silk and Blue Diamond continue to dominate, Califia Farms once again proved it’s a force to be reckoned with; sales hit $42 million, up approximately 87 percent. Although dwarfed by the almond milk segment, refrigerated coconut milk also saw a leap in sales, up 8.5 percent in the timeframe. Sales of other milk substitutes, including cashew milk, flax milk and others, and collated by IRI as a catchall segment, surged by 77 percent, totalling nearly $93 million. The growth of these nut- and plant-based milks seems to have come at the expense of dairy and soy-based milks, sales of which remain on a downward spiral. So, what’s driving the evolution of the dairy-alternative category and continued growth for almond milk? In what ways are brands attempting to disrupt and innovate with single-serve varieties? And can sales remain on this upward trajectory? We hash it out in this edition of the BevNET Podcast.