In the frozen aisle, there are several cool new ice creams to choose from, including Ben & Jerry’s pints in Churray for Churro and Ice Cream Sammie (made with bits of chocolate sandwich cookie). Halo Top has added frozen pops made with Icelandic skyr-style yogurt, fruit, and granola to its lineup, while Entenmann’s is just getting in the game with its ice cream cookie sandwiches. These are available in six of Entenmann’s signature baked goods flavors, including brownie and donut.
Recent launches in milk and dairy-based beverages include a2 Milk’s new grass-fed line (available in both whole and 2%) to capitalize on the growing demand for grass-fed dairy. Another sustainability advancement comes from Wheyward Spirit, known for its upcycled specialty spirits, distilled from 100% whey. Its latest product Wheyskey is a barrel-aged, grain-free alternative to whiskey that features a distinctive dairy taste.
The US dairy industry had its ups and downs last year, but cheese and frozen dairy were definitely bright spots. Last year’s cheese production reached 14.1 billion pounds, up 2.2% from the prior year.1 Most of this growth was in Italian varieties.2 For frozen products, regular ice cream production was up 4.5%, reaching 920 million gallons, although low-fat ice cream declined.3 Frozen yogurt was up 12.6%, with 45.6 million gallons produced in 2022.2
Besides consumer interest in cheese and frozen dairy products, another key trend impacting the US dairy industry is environmental sustainability, with significant resources being devoted to this effort. The International Dairy Foods Association’s Sustainability Recognition Platform outlines some of these ambitious goals, including greenhouse gas neutrality and improvements in water quality and usage by 2050.5
Dairy is a nutrient powerhouse, making it a popular choice for today’s increasingly health-conscious consumers. The dairy group is an essential part of the ideal diet, according to the government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products per day recommended for most Americans. Dairy contains high-quality protein and several "dietary components of public health concern" such as calcium, vitamin D, and potassium.