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Plant-based milks on the rise: A quarter of Britons are drinking them

Plant-based milks on the rise: A quarter of Britons are drinking them

Whether it's almond, soy or coconut it seems more people are ditching cow's milk for the plant-based stuff.A quarter of British people are now drinking non-dairy milks, according to market research firm Mintel, who spoke to 2,000 people.The biggest users of non-dairy milk are 16-24 year olds - 33% are drinking them.But plant-based milks make up just 4% of the milk market, with 96% of milk sales in 2018 being for cow's milk."Concerns around health, ethics and the environment" are driving sales of plant-based milks, says Emma Clifford, who looks after food and drink research at Mintel.Health was the reason why 37% of 16-24 year olds said they'd reduced how much cow's milk they've been drinking in the last 12 months.The impact on the environment was also a c...

Climate change: Which are the best vegan milks?

The popularity of vegan foods continues to grow, with January seen as a traditional time to consider giving them a try.Milk alternatives, such as oat, soy, almond or coconut, are one area of interest, with sales rising in the UK.A scientific study suggests the greenhouse gas emissions used in the production of plant-based milks are lower than for dairy milk.But which milk has the smallest impact on the planet? Producing a glass of dairy milk results in almost three times the greenhouse gas emissions of any non-dairy milks, according to a University of Oxford study.Looking at land use, the difference is starker still. Producing a glass of dairy milk every day for a year requires 650 sq m (7,000 sq ft) of land, the equival...