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Perfecting Almond Milk : Mastering Nutrition and Production Challenges

Global Almond Milk Market Surge

Almond milk, spun from the goodness of almonds, boasts a silky texture and rich flavour, completely free from cholesterol, lactose, and excessive saturated fats1.

It’s a dream come true for the lactose intolerant, vegans, and health enthusiasts alike!

Almond milk, in all its delightful varieties – be it sweetened, unsweetened, or even chocolate-flavoured, often with added micronutrients1 – is taking the culinary scene by storm.

In light of increasing awareness about lactose intolerance and the pursuit of healthy lifestyles, consumer demand for plant milk has increased significantly.

“…the pursuit of healthy lifestyles, consumer demand for plant milk has increased significantly”.​

The global almond milk market was worth 4.27 billion USD in 2022. Fast forward to 2031, it’s set to soar to 8.23 billion USD, riding a strong 7.69% growth wave2.

Unlocking the Almond Milk Revolution: Why It’s a Game Changer

Almond milk’s popularity has surged as a healthy dairy alternative. Discover its benefits and innovative options catering to diverse preferences.

Health-Conscious Choice:

Almond milk is a vegan, lactose-free, and heart-healthy alternative, loaded with vitamin E and healthy fats. With fewer calories than skim milk, it’s perfect for weight watchers³.

Nutritional Boost:

Fortified with vitamin D, calcium, and protein, almond milk bridges the nutrient gap. These enrichments are essential for bone health and reduce risks like osteoporosis³.

Innovative Variety:

Almond milk offers more than just the standard plain variety. Available in a diverse range of flavours, from rich chocolate to smooth vanilla, options also extend into products such as yogurt and creamers. This is truly the era of the dairy-free revolution.

Navigating Challenges to Perfecting Almond Milk

That’s not to say almond milk doesn’t come with its own set of nutritional and production challenges. In general, most of the plant-based milk, such as almond milk, have lower calcium and protein content than dairy milk products.

 This is because it is made by mixing almonds with water and then filtering the mixture to remove the solid particles, which contain most of the protein in whole almonds3.

 The resulting liquid is therefore composed of a variety of vitamins and minerals but contains very little protein.

Apart from that, the taste of almond milk is slightly bitter, which makes many people, especially the younger generation, dislike or find it difficult to accept the taste.

Other than that, almonds lose significant amounts of micronutrients, such as calcium, during the milking process. Therefore, commercially available almond milk must be supplemented with various micronutrients to increase its nutritional value.

Rising to the Challenges via Functional Ingredients

Boosting Protein Content:

BeneoPro FB P60 by Beneo is a concentrated plant protein that elevates almond milk’s protein levels, addressing the typical low protein content in plant-based milks3.

Sweetening the Deal:

Palatinose PST-N from Beneo enhances almond milk’s sweetness naturally. It has about half the sweetness and calories but brings out sweetness levels that are almost equal to sucrose4, making it more appealing, especially to the younger generation.

Perfecting Flavour:

Almond Milk Flavour from IngreBio elevates the overall taste and aroma, ensuring a delightful almond milk experience.

Nutritional Fortification:

Hexagon Nutrition’s Fortivit-DAI-348 micronutrient premix enhances the nutritional value of almond milk, compensating for lost micronutrients during processing. Their Calcium Lactate product also extends shelf life while increasing calcium content5.

Omega-3 Boost:

Benexia’s ALA Powder, rich in Omega-3 ALA fat, not only adds nutritional value but also promotes heart and brain health, making almond milk a powerhouse of benefits6.

Innovation and Marketing in Step with Trends

In our quest for constant innovation, we have created a product concept – a ready-to-drink almond milk in a convenient pack, featuring a star ingredient: faba bean!

This legume powerhouse, rich in plant protein, soluble fibre, and essential vitamins, caters to vegetarians and the lactose intolerant, aiding digestion, lowering cholesterol, and supporting healthy growth7.

But the goodness doesn’t stop there. We’ve fortified our almond milk with Omega-3 fatty acids, promoting brain and heart health while reducing inflammation and guarding against chronic diseases8.

Poster Concept

Plus, with added calcium, our almond milk is a bone-building powerhouse, delivering one-third of an adult’s daily calcium needs in every pack.

Elevating the status and nutritional profile of the product is only half the battle for any enthusiastic company looking to be part of the plant-based milk movement. Effectively conveying these undeniable health benefits in an easy-to-understand and compelling message is also crucial, and that’s where forward-thinking marketing strategies comes into play.

At DPO International, a full-suite market enabler for every food business, we collaborate with premier food ingredient producers like Beneo, Hexagon Nutrition, Benexia, and Ingrebio. This strategic alliance empowers us to transform almond milk trends into innovative brand concepts. From ideation to production, we’re your unwavering support, ensuring success at every phase of your journey.


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