The pili nuts used in Lavva’s Dairy-Free Pili Nut Yogurt are also organic and Fair-Trade-certified. Additional ingredients include coconut water and cream, cassava root starch, lime juice, Himalayan salt, and plantains for natural sweetness. While Lavva Dairy-Free Pili Nut Yogurt originally launched in natural food grocery stores, it has recently made its way into mainstream supermarkets.
Market Leaders Go Plant-Based
Yogurt leaders Chobani and Yoplait are also playing in the plant-based space. Chobani Coconut Non-Dairy Treat is made from only natural, non-GMO ingredients and is Fair-Trade-certified (with over 40% Fair-Trade-certified ingredients). Chobani’s coconut yogurts are available in traditional fruit on the bottom strawberry, blueberry, and peach, as well as blended vanilla.
Yoplait’s Oui brand has also gone plant-based with coconut. Sold in Oui’s standard glass pots, Oui Dairy-Free Coconut Dairy Alternative offers an upscale, French-style option for plant-based and flexitarian consumers. Available in traditional yogurt flavors, Oui coconut yogurt uses natural ingredients like coconut cream, cane sugar, pectin, lemon juice concentrate, and natural flavor.
What’s Next in Plant-Based Yogurts?
While the creamy texture and pleasant taste of coconut have made this ingredient a favorite base for plant-based yogurts, we also saw explorations into macadamia and pili nuts by Siggi’s and Lavva. Nuts of all types can offer a creaminess that benefits plant-based yogurts due to their high-fat content, and many impart a delicious flavor as well.
However, Mintel predicts seeds (also high in fat) will be the next big thing in dairy alternatives.5 In looking at launches over the past five years of new plant-based milks, frozen desserts, and spoonable yogurts, only 4% contained seeds (compared to 34% that used nuts), indicating there is a lot of potential to grow.6 Mintel reports signs that sunflower seeds, black sesame seeds, and linseed are on the rise in dairy alternatives.7
Here at Glanbia Nutritionals, we are always excited to support manufacturers with the ingredients they need to make today’s most innovative products. Our portfolio of plant-based solutions includes high-quality plant-based ingredients such as pea protein, flaxseed, chia, quinoa, and oats for nutritious and delicious dairy alternatives that consumers will love.
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