North America Dairy Alternative Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019-2024)

North America dairy alternative market is segmented by Product Type (Food - Yoghurt, Frozen Desserts and Other Foods, and Beverage - Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Rice Milk and Other Beverages), and Distribution Channel (Hypermarket/ Supermarket, Convenience Stores, Online Retail Channels and Other Distribution Channels).

Market Snapshot

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United States

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Market Overview

North America dairy alternative market is forecasted to reach USD 8.2 billion by 2024, witnessing a CAGR of 9.57% during the forecast period (2019 - 2024).

  • Countries like United States and Canada are observing growth in the demand for dairy alternatives mainly due to increased disposable income, changes in lifestyles and eating patterns.
  • The rise in popularity of organic milk, due to a growing number of health-conscious consumers. and the trend of paleo diets is encouraging dairy alternative producers to expand in the region.
  • Additionally, allergies associated with dairy products and growing environmental concerns further drive the demand for dairy alternative products in the market.


Scope of the Report

The scope of the North America dairy alternative market contains segmentation of dairy alternative products in the region by Product Type under Food and Beverage. The food segment contains Yoghurt, Frozen Desserts, and Other Foods, whereas, Beverage segment contains Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Rice Milk and Other Beverages. Further segmentation has been done on the basis of the Distribution Channel under Hypermarket/ Supermarket, Convenience Stores, Online Retail  Channels and Other Distribution Channels.

Product Type
Frozen Desserts
Other Foods
Soy Milk
Almond Milk
Coconut Milk
Rice Milk
Other Beverages
Distribution Channel
Convenience Stores
Online Retail Channels
Other Distribution Channels
United States
Rest of North America

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Key Market Trends

Dairy-Free Products On The Rise

The major factor driving consumers to choose dairy-free food is a shift in awareness of consumers towards dairy-free and how it is better for them. Several reasons that customers are looking for substitutes for dairy. Major ones are milk allergy, lactose intolerance, and vegans. The important dairy food products that are preferred as dairy-free are yogurts,  frozen desserts, sour cream, and others. Millennials, in particular, are a potential audience for probiotic plant-based yogurts, as they are interested in probiotic foods and beverages, plant-based options, and snacking. Mintel suggests that unflavored/plain is the most common flavor preferred by consumers in the United States in 2018. These flavors are most often not paired with other flavors. Manufacturers are focused on developing dairy-free yogurts that are healthy, plant-based with clean labels, taste, and interesting flavor profiles.

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U.S. Market Dominating North America

United States dairy consumers are opting for dairy-alternatives due to lactose intolerance, dairy sensitivity, or allergy. Soy and almond milk are the preferred milk alternatives in the United States. The rise in popularity of organic milk, due to a growing number of health-conscious consumers. and the trend of paleo diets is encouraging dairy alternative producers to expand. Higher demand for soy desserts has been observed, which is a result of increased indulgence and demand for on-the-go snacks. There has been a significant increase in the sales of chocolate-based soy desserts, as they are 100% plant-based, lactose-free, and free from artificial colors and preservatives.

trend 2

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Competitive Landscape

North America dairy alternative products market is highly fragmented, with various small and medium-sized companies and a few big players, resulting in stiff competition in the market. The market has the presence of few family-owned private companies operating in distinct categories and their presence is limited to fewer countries across the region. Dean Foods, Daiya Foods Inc., Earth Own Food Company Inc., Blue Diamond Growers Inc., Sunopta Inc., Archer Daniels Midland Company, Nutriops S.L., Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company are some of the major companies engaged in manufacturing and distribution of dairy alternatives across the region.

Major Players

  1. Groupe Danone
  2. Dean Foods Company
  3. SunOpta Inc.
  4. Blue Diamond Growers
  5. Earth's Own Food Company

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below


Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study



    1. 3.1 Market Overview


    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Food

        1. Yoghurt

        2. Frozen Desserts

        3. Other Foods

      2. 5.1.2 Beverage

        1. Soy Milk

        2. Almond Milk

        3. Coconut Milk

        4. Rice Milk

        5. Other Beverages

    2. 5.2 Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Hypermarket/Supermarket

      2. 5.2.2 Convenience Stores

      3. 5.2.3 Online Retail Channels

      4. 5.2.4 Other Distribution Channels

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 United States

      2. 5.3.2 Canada

      3. 5.3.3 Mexico

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of North America


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Groupe Danone

      2. 6.4.2 Dean Foods Company

      3. 6.4.3 SunOpta Inc.

      4. 6.4.4 Blue Diamond Growers Inc.

      5. 6.4.5 Daiya Foods

      6. 6.4.6 Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company

      7. 6.4.7 Eden Foods Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 The Hain Celestial Group Inc.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

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