I’m interested in the common alternative milk scene in other countries apart from mine, UK.
In the UK we were predominately soya milk but the demand for oat milk has exploded in the last 2 years. Our shop now does about 6x more Oat milk than Soya milk, and lots of non-vegans are opting for it out of taste. The demand in the UK is also so high that distributors are struggling to keep up, with shortages becoming an issue for a lot of consumers and shops alike - from Oatly, who do a popular barista edition that lots of shops use.
I’ve noticed loads of places don’t even know what oat milk is - from what I hear its almost non-existent in the US and rare in most other countries.
I’d say in the speciality arena currently in the UK that Oat is the most popular alternative milk (with Starbucks etc. just catching up) and soya milk falling to second place. We also have some demand for coconut milk (as some of the chains start to push it and its filtered down) and almond milk is still an option at a lot of places, but recently lots of places have been dropping it for Oat.
I think its interesting, and I would like your thoughts on:
A. The demand for alternative milks is growing so fast - partly related to more people choosing a vegan diet or avoiding dairy, or people like the taste of plant based milks. Have you noticed this?
B. The demand for soya is falling fast, in an industry that is growing quickly (in the UK at least). I would be interested to know how brands like Bonsoy are dealing with this change in trends as they must be selling a lot fewer units of soya milk into the UK market in the last year. Does anyone else think about what’s happening to the existing brands?
C. In terms of future demand for alternative milks, what are you seeing, and where is the industry going?
D. Geographically, and in the speciality/third wave scene, what alternative milks are currently being served/requested (outside the UK).