Bad News for Dairy Farmers!

by | January 4, 2018

Too Much Cow’s Milk Not Enough Takers

Two years ago there was a high demand in organic cow’s milk and it looked like a lucrative decision to organic dairy farmers. Fast forward to the current market and you’re looking at an oversupply with no foreseeable increase in demand.

The dairy industry is now scrambling to make up for the loss. It is so concerned with the popularity of plant milk that it’s creating a $500 million campaign to appeal more to consumers. Their efforts look pointless.

According to Innova Market Insights the worldwide plant milk market is estimated to reach $16 billion by 2018. Dairy alternatives are no longer only being consumed by people with allergies and intolerances. People are waking up and realizing the health risks and animal cruelty that go along with dairy consumption. Plant milk companies are listening to the demand and are providing a plethora of options; delicious, better for you, cruelty free and better for the environment; pretty much a no-brainer.

According to Fortune Magazine, many organic dairy companies and farmers are looking into producing cheeses, yogurt, butter and creamers with their surplus in hopes of recovering. Others are trying to stay afloat by purchasing plant based milk brands. Earlier this year Dean Foods Co., the largest dairy producer in the U.S., bought stake in plant-based milk and yogurt brand Good Karma foods. Danone, producers of Dannon yogurt also purchased the company behind Vega, So Delicious! And Silk; WhiteWave Foods.

 

As the trend seemed to be in 2017 with Garden of Life and Daiya, will plant-based companies continue to be bought out by Big Corporations?

Michelle Alvarado I began my vegan journey after becoming pregnant. I initially did it for my/ our health but quickly learned about the horrible treatment of animals that goes on and it turned into a bigger thing than myself. I currently live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband, son and shelter pup (she’s 11 but will always be a puppy in my eyes). I went to school for communications but pursued a career in early childhood education and was a preschool teacher for almost a decade. I owe my insight in child development to my hands on experience in the field and hope to utilize it to further the progress of future vegan generations. I am beyond grateful to have found Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting and Raise Vegan, not only for the platform that it has provided me to further the awareness of vegan family resources but for what I have personally gained from it by being a member and from knowing these wonderful women. I look forward to all the amazing things to come as we help pave the way and provide a haven of love an support for vegan families.

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