One of the earliest plant-based milks to appear on retail shelves, almond milk has seen a steady rise on restaurant menus for more than a decade, despite a number of other alternatives popping up.
Made by soaking ground almonds in water, then puréeing it, straining the liquid and often adding flavorings, sweeteners, stabilizers or a combination of the three, almond milk’s upward trend should continue as consumers focus on health and desire more plant-based dairy substitutes.
The plant-based trend’s journey on menus has been extraordinary, with that term growing more than 3000% on menus in the past four years, and now consumers want more than just plant-based meat replacements; they’re focused on replacing cow’s milk and other dairy in their diets as well.
Most popular in the fast casual segment, almond milk is an easy swap-in for drinks like smoothies and lattes.
Market research firm Datassential reports that 92% of the population knows about almond milk but only 61% have tried it.
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