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The “It” Factors Behind Consumers’ Preferred Plant-Based Milk


As consumer demand increases across the globe for plant-based products, manufacturers continue to push the envelope when it comes to alt-dairy product innovations with almonds. With surging consumer interest in clean-label products and amplified experiences, new product launches with claims like “GMO-free” and “organic,” as well as exotic flavor options are on the rise. According to Innova Market Insights:

  • Almond milk continues to dominate retail sales in the alt-dairy category, holding 77% of the market share in 2021.1
  • Almond-based dairy alternative drink product launches are growing globally and are especially popular in regions like Asia (+18.1%) and the Middle East/North Africa (+30.4%).1

Enjoy open access to a podcast on alt-dairy innovation and category demand, the latest data on almond milk trends and implications, recipes featuring almond milk, information about upcoming events the Almond Board is attending, and more!

Almonds in Action

With continued consumer interest in plant-based eating and diets, Innova Market Insights research shows exciting opportunities in alt-dairy innovation. Listen as Lu Ann Williams of Innova and the Almond Board of California’s Emily Fleischmann discuss the alt-dairy consumer, how the category landscape is shifting, and what manufacturers should consider when communicating alt-dairy product benefits.

Listen to the podcast episode here.

Plant-Based Recipe Inspiration

Almond Butter and Jelly Popsicle

Almond butter and jelly popsicle

This better-for-you take on a classic PB&J combines almond milk, creamy almond butter, Greek yogurt and fresh fruit for the perfect on-the-go snack for summer.

No-Bake Almond Cheesecake

No bake almond cheesecake

This No-Bake Almond Cheesecake features almond milk, almond butter, roasted almonds, oats and ricotta for a decadent and dairy-free dessert recipe.

Almond Beet Iced Latte

Almond beet latte

This refreshing and flavorful drink includes almond milk, cold-brew coffee, beet powder, raspberries and more for a nutritious and satiating sip experience.

From the Orchard

Listen to the latest installment in the Almond Board of California’s podcast series: A Quick Study in Climate Smart Agriculture. Join Josette Lewis, Chief Scientific Officer at the Almond Board of California, and Christine Gemperle, an almond grower based in Ceres, California for a discussion on how major companies are investing in climate-smart ag as a solution to address climate change. Hear what principles make up climate-smart ag and how they come to life in the almond farming industry.

Listen to the podcast episode here.

Plant-based Power

Across the globe, innovative opportunities abound for almond milk as consumers continue to turn to alternative dairy beverages for their health and taste profiles. Innova Market Insights’ 2022 Almond Milk Trends report analyzed new product development from 2017 – 2021 to identify key trends and opportunities for almond-based dairy alternative drinks.

View the Almond Milk: Global Implications and Health Trends infographic here.

Craving More Crunch?

Join us on May 18 at 12:00 PM CT for our virtual webinar: Almonds: The Keys to Unlocking a Versatile Sensory Experience in Food Applications – A Supplier Solutions Webinar. Using sensory research findings from the the Almond Board, Guangwei Huang, Associate Director, Food Research and Technology, ABC, and Kathy Stephenson, Director of Marketing, CuliNex, will share the keys to unlocking a well-rounded sensory experience by incorporating almonds across food applications. 

Guangwei will highlight how product developers can maximize almonds’ flavor, aroma, and texture to create ingredient pairings that consumers crave, while Kathy will showcase unique sensory attributes and benefits of whole almonds, almond flour, almond milk, and almond butter in different food applications.

Register for the webinar here.

If you’re attending the IFT First Annual Event and Expo in Chicago from July 11 – 13, join the Almond Board at our booth #SO825 where you’ll be able to meet with industry experts to hear the latest industry news and be able to sample three new trend-forward almond recipes.

1. Innova Market Insights, Almond Milk Trends - Implications for North America. March 2022.