With more Briton's making the shift from cow's milk to non-dairy milk alternatives every year, it is becoming increasingly important that businesses adapt to accomodate the changing needs of their customers (and reap the benefits!)
According to Mintel, almost a quarter (23%) of Brits used plant-based milk alternatives in the three months to February 2019, up from just 19% in 2018.
Soy, Oat, Coconut, and Almond are the leading alternatives and are popping up in increasingly more cafes, restaurants and eateries around London every day and business owners are looking for the best brands, suppliers and ways to communicate their options (and pass on any increased cost of goods) to their customers.
We've watched this growing trend and interest in plant-based milk alternatives over the past few years and have slowly been growing our range of the highest demand options for our customers. As it stands today we are stocking top brands and flavours for those cafes and restaurants wanting to offer alternative milks to their customers.
The brands and products we currently offer.
If you haven't heard of Oatly, you haven't been paying attention. These guys have been dominating the Oat Milk space of late and for good reason. Born in Sweden, Oatly have been taking the world by storm with their range of Oat based products including their Oat Drink Barista Edition - a clear favourite among our customers offering superb foamability at a wallet friendly cost.
Japenese brand Bonsoy also know what they are doing. Most well known for their Soy Milk, they are definitely positioned on the higher quality end of the scale and the pricing reflects that. It's worth it though. Soy milk lovers swear by Bonsoy and they have an almost cult like following. Baristas love it for it's foamability and workability and with most cafe's charging a little extra for coffees with milk alternatives - it makes sense to go for higher quality products despite the cost.
If you're looking for something a little closer to home, then Rude Health have got you sorted. This London based brand first hit the scene in 2005 with their amazing muesli range.
Now in 2020 they've got an enviable range of products including some high quality organic milk alternatives. We're stocking their Hazelnut, Coconut and Almond milks - all of which are Organic and available by the carton.
Alpro, born in sweeden and now manufacturing around the world, were one of the earliest players in the milk alternatives game and it shows! Aquired by Danone in 2017, Alpro have continued to bring innovative products to the market, recently branching out into plant based ice creams!
Getting started with alternative milks
You don't need to have every alternative option under the sun available for your customers but, most of the high traffic cafe's nowadays will offer at least Oat, Soy, Coconut and Almond. Most alternative milk options have a 7 day shelf life (ensure you check the packaging) and alot of cafes will charge an extra 50p for coffees made with one of these milks.
Long shelf-life (before and after opening) and passing on the costs to customers means that the business owner should rarely, if at all, end up out of pocket - especially if the options are communicated well to customers!
If you'd like a quote on the plant-based milk options we offer, get in touch through our contact page or speak to your account manager.