COVID-19 Brings Shelf-Stable Center Aisle Back in Style
According to Mintel, the COVID-19 situation has caused a resurgence in the popularity of shelf-stable foods and beverages, which is something brands may wish to use to their advantage.1
In the plant-based dairy category, shelf-stable options include plant-based milks and creamers in aseptic cartons and bottles, as well as plant-based protein beverage mixes. The shelf-stability of these products also makes them perfect for e-commerce, a channel that’s grown tremendously during the COVID-19 crisis.
"Consumers are turning to center-of-the-store staples to stock their pantries during the COVID-19 pandemic, reconnecting them with categories [and packaging formats] that have struggled in recent years.” – Melanie Bartelme, Global Food & Drink Analyst at Mintel2
An Opportunity for Consumers to Explore Plant-Based Alternatives
When fresh, refrigerated dairy products are in short supply or when families are limiting their shopping trips due to COVID-19 concerns, shelf-stable dairy alternatives can fill the gap.
Plant-based, shelf-stable products offer consumers nutritious options including high protein, low fat, and calcium-fortified products that can easily substitute for their preferred refrigerated milk. Since today’s plant-based milks are known for their creamy texture, great taste, and suitability in a variety of applications, consumers who try plant-based milks may even become repeat purchasers.