December 7, 2016

Dairy Industry Struggles as Milk Alternatives on the Rise

 |  By: Associated Press

Dairy farmers continue to struggle with declining business as the popularity of milk alternatives is continuing to rise.

Alternatives to dairy milk, which include almond milk, soy milk and rice milk, are becoming more popular for various reasons.

Madison's Willy Street Co-op grocery category manager Dean Kallas said the biggest reason is due to dairy allergies, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. Some people, who are vegetarian or vegan, may opt for a milk substitute because they don't want to drink dairy, said Kallas.

He said the co-op has recently introduced two new alternatives, split pea milk and hemp milk, which will also be thrown onto shelves.