Oatly has confirmed it is to open a production facility in the US next spring. The company is to open the facility in southern New Jersey with an unnamed co-packing partner.
Per capita consumption of fluid milk beverages decreased by close to 22% from 2000 to 2016. Through the same period, consumption of non-dairy plant-based milk alternatives has increased by triple digits. The decrease in dairy milk consumption can be interpreted as each consumer going from 10 glasses of milk each week to eight glasses per week, not much on an individual level but enormous when viewed in terms of the whole population on an annual basis. Even so, milk is still being consumed in over 90% of the households in the U.S, a report from Package Facts says.
Package Facts concludes that the reasons behind the decline in dairy milk consumption and the reasons for the rise in plant-based milks, such as health concerns, with a growing number of consumers coming to believe that plant-based foods are healthier than animal-based foods. Further, the report considers the growing consumer base that is motivated by animal welfare concerns, leading them to choose plant-based beverages, as well as other plant-based foods over animal-based products.
The nation’s two leading dairy organizations applauded the introduction of a bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools.
The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, would allow schools to offer low-fat and fat-free milk, including flavored milk with no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving, to participants in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. The bill allows individual schools and school districts to determine which milkfat varieties to offer their students.
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) strongly support the bill and encourage Congress to pass it.
New analysis from Euromonitor International suggests that China will replace the US as the world’s largest dairy market by 2022 as consumer demand for dairy grows in China, driven by an expanding appetite for yogurt, while US consumers become more wary of milk and flavoured milk drinks which they are perceiving to be unhealthy due to their high sugar content.
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) have urged the Trump Administration not to retreat from pursuing new trade opportunities in the Pacific Rim, and to protect the agricultural trade relationship between the United States and Mexico.
The US dairy sector exports 15 per cent of its milk production, or one day’s worth of milk production out of each week. In 2015, those exports were worth over $5 billion, and helped generate more than 120,000 jobs in dairy farming, manufacturing and related sectors.
The US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) announces that former US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join the organization as president and CEO, effective 1 February 2017.
It seems that US consumers have cultured a love of yogurt drinks as the latest research from Mintel reveals that sales of yogurt drinks have grown a healthy 62 percent in the five years 2011-2016.
A relative newcomer to the yogurt sector, yogurt drinks are a standout in the yogurts market. Indeed, between 2011 and 2016 dollar sales of this refrigerator favorite are estimated to have grown 62 percent to reach $893 million.
Despite strong gains for yogurt drinks, the dominant spoonable yogurt segment continues to account for the majority of sector sales. Valued at $8.2 billion in 2016, spoonable yogurt represents an impressive 90 percent of all yogurt and yogurt drink sales and is expected to continue steady growth moving forward to reach $10 billion by 2021.
Following a roundtable discussion with dairy producers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering to purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese.
The purchase aims to reduce a private cheese surplus that has reached record levels, while assisting food banks and other food assistance recipients.