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June 7–8, 2019  •  Jacob K. Javits Convention Center  •  New York City

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Eat for the Future Business Forum
Friday, June 7, 2019  |  11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

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Plant-Based Milks: Trends, Innovations and What's Next for the Largest Segment in the Space

MODERATOR
Kate Cox
Editor, New Food Economy
SPEAKERS
 
Julie Emsing Mann
Global Plant Protein Program Manager, Ingredion
 
Mike Messersmith
General Manager US, Oatly
Sandeep Patel
CFO, Califia Farms

The dairy alternative space has exploded in the past few years with plant-based milks now representing 15% of the total milk market. According to recent data, about 44% of milk-consuming Americans purchased both dairy and plant-based milk in the last year and Nielsen data from 2018 shows plant-based milk sales grew by 9% (up from 3% the previous year), while cow’s milk sales were down 6%. Almond milk still leads the category, but growing consumer awareness, coupled with improvements in processing, formulation and packaging are sparking interest in a wide variety of new offerings, including milk made from yellow peas, oats, macadamia nuts, and even bananas.  This panel will focus on what's next in the plant-based milk space, and how established and new brands can take advantage of this growing segment, innovating with alternative non-dairy bases, unique flavors, applications, enhanced nutrition profiles, and beyond.

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