According to Innova Market Insight’s 2019 Diet Trends Survey, 80% of respondents in the US indicated that they maintained or increased their dairy alternative consumption. Ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages made with plant-based protein sources can offer viable substitutions for consumers looking for a dairy-free option with similar indulgent texture attributes.
When formulating in the dairy alternative category, whether the product is based on rice, nuts, grain or soy (RNGS), developers must contend with a variety of challenges including:
When compared to a dairy-based beverage, a plant-based beverage will inherently lack two major components: protein and texture. In order to provide a recognizable and pleasant drinking experience for the consumer, formulators need to nutritionally fortify the beverage with an additional protein source and enhance its texture with stabilizers.
Moreover, consumer demand for transparency and cleaner labels continues to drive product development with more beverage manufacturers seeking to introduce label-friendly products.
Our ingredient systems give formulators the flexibility to develop a variety of dairy alternative beverages, ranging from almond, soy, and pea-based plant milks to high protein nutritional beverages, that meet their label claim goals.
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