Dairy manufacturers in the U.S. would need to invest more in efficient liquid piston filler technology and other product-filling resources, as new research showed sales of clean dairy in the country are on an upward trend.
The study noted that sales of clean dairy are rising due to Americans’ changing preferences on nutrition. These products include plant-based alternatives, which have increased in sales in the country since 2012.
Volumetric Technologies‘ Piston fillers are a great option for handling liquid products and even those with small particles, including yogurt and ice cream. The increasing popularity of dairy alternatives can be attributed to most grocery shoppers’ heightened consciousness on allergens, hormones and healthiness of products. At the same time, more people are paying more attention to nutritional labels.
Even if your primary market caters to overseas consumers, the prospect of dairy exports in Latin America are the most attractive. The study showed that dairy product sales in the region reached $430 billion in 2017. Exporters and dairy manufacturers, however, need to be aware of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to implement stricter rules on labeling non-dairy alternatives.
The FDA classifies milk as a product based on the standard of a product originating from a lactating animal, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Since products such as almond and soya milk are plant-based alternatives, these should be relabeled accordingly.
The stricter rules will also cover alternatives for solid dairy products including nut-based butter, cheese, ice cream and yogurt. The new labeling policy aims to prevent confusion among shoppers, according to the FDA.
Whether or not the new rules are enforced, the market for clean dairy products shows no signs of a looming slowdown. More people are likely to buy them and manufacturers should take this as a cue to improve their food processing standards.