Dairy free is now the standard for every chocolate, it has been confirmed by the Dairy Farmers of America.
Speaking at the annual conference of the Dairy Producers of America, David Schulze, president of the trade group, told the audience that the industry has been growing rapidly over the past decade and that the latest data showed a 12.7% increase in milk consumption over the last five years.
The dairy industry had grown by around 15% over the same period.
“We’re seeing huge demand for dairy products in the marketplace, and we’re seeing a great growth in the number of people who are making the transition from conventional to dairy-free products,” Mr Schulz said.
“Our farmers are very happy with what they see.”
Mr Schulzing noted that a lot of people were now buying their chocolate through retailers like Costco and Sam’s Club.
“It’s not as big a deal as people think,” he said.
“We’re in a good spot.
We have a very strong consumer base and we have a strong brand.”
The dairy-based brands have been selling very well.
We’ve been growing and expanding our footprint, and the brand is thriving.
“If people are not buying our products, that’s their problem.
It’s not ours.”
Mr Chia said the dairy industry was “getting better at the age of 80” and that its products were becoming more accessible and easier to buy.
“They’ve made the transition into the dairy-less market, so we have the same opportunities to expand the brand and expand the market,” he added.
“When you look at it as a whole, we’re really good at growing the business.”