Non-Dairy Milk Drinks
Non-dairy alternatives to dairy milk and dairy products
A great deal has happened in this area over the last years. Soya
milk drinks and products made from soya milk are available in nearly
every supermarket in all industrialised countries. In many supermarkets
it is also possible to buy rice or oat milk drinks as well. These
products vary in their quality and especially in how they taste. The
main thing that stands in the way of soya drinks becoming a staple
food is certainly the fact that they are not as well known as dairy
milk, but also because they cost more. Concerning the price, it is
important to note that in many countries dairy milk is cheaper because
of a lower rate of turnover tax placed on the product. In addition,
it is common practice for diary farmers to receive public money in
the form of subsidies which obviously gives them a huge advantage.
In brief: What is stopping non-dairy products from storming the market ?
There are products which can compete with cows’ milk in terms
of price, and, there are also products which taste exceptionally good.
But, there is still no product which manages to fulfil both demands
at once; to be as cheap as cows’ milk and to taste even better.
Such an animal-free product accompanied by the right marketing would
have the potential to achieve a breakthrough in the dairy-product
Cheese analogues: A new ambivalent trend?
A new trend of “cheese analogues” is not yet part of this website: Cheap alternatives to dairy cheese increasingly used for pizza toppings or other industrial applications. These are made of vegetable fats, emulsifiers, dairy- and/or soy-proteins, flavoring agents, salt and others. Here, too little is yet known about the nutritional benefits or drawbacks. We try to evaluate these cheese analogues according to our success criteria in the near future.
A very interesting cheese analogue product made of starches, a galactomannan and a gelling carrageenan could be Lygomme™ACH Optimum by Cargill.
Remarkable intermediate products for the production of non-dairy milk drinks: