The plant-based and dairy-free alternative sectors have been seeing a ripple-effect over the last few years that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. More and more large food companies such as Whitewave, Maple Leaf, and Pinnacle Foods, are investing and expanding the dairy-free products and brands under their umbrellas. And thanks to the rising consumer demand, dairy-free companies like Silicon-Valley start-up Ripple Foods, have seen a great amount of success.
For instance, Ripple’s pea protein milk, which is available in Target, saw substantial growth hitting 300 percent in one year alone! Just recently, Rippie rolled out 8-ounce packs of their protein-rich dairy-free milk marketed as “just for kids” and has plans to release a pea protein Greek yogurt by year’s end.
And now more exciting news from Ripple! The vegan company has debuted a new line of vegan half and half in two flavors: original and vanilla. The roll-out of Ripple’s new creamy vegan half and half will begin this week at Whole Foods Markets and select Target stores nationwide. Keep an eye out!
Producing a dairy-free half and half was important to Ripple Foods because as Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Adam Lowry told VegNews Magazine, “When it comes to a dairy-free half and half, we noticed the current options were a bit limited in terms of texture, flavor, and healthy fats.”
It looks like Ripple Foods pulled it off and pea protein, in particular, has seen its own growth in recent years, which is not surprising considering just how much protein this little vegetable has. Unlike whey, pea protein is considered a clean alternative that packs all the punch without the added animal welfare and environmental concerns. Not only does Ripple milk boast lower sugar content than most other milk, it uses 25 times less water than milk to produce and has half the carbon footprint.
Not to mention, based on the rapidly rising numbers in the dairy-free markets as a whole, consumers are actively looking for healthier alternatives to dairy proteins. This is a trend seen both domestically and globally with the plant-based milk market set to hit $16.3 billion in 2018.
Interested in learning more about Ripple Foods and their take down of the dairy industry? Check out Adam Lowry on a recent episode of #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias, discussing the company’s mission to make healthy, sustainable food that actually tastes good!
We will be looking forward to seeing Ripple’s new products hit the shelves, another promising sign that the future of food is indeed plant-based.
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