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Non-Dairy Ice Cream Market Size By Source (Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Cashew Milk, Soy Milk), By Flavor (Vanilla, Chocolate, Butter Pecan, Strawberry, Neapolitan, Cookies & Cream, Mint Choco Chip, Caramel), By Product (Impulse, Artisanal, Take Home), By Form (Singles, Blends), By Distribution Channel ( Supermarkets, Convenience Stores, Food & Drink Specialists, Restaurants, Online Stores), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

  • Report ID: GMI1786
  • Published Date: Aug 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

Increasing manufacturers focus towards development of products that would assuage all worries of animal welfare while enjoying dairy products such as ice cream should increase the market demand.

Non-Dairy Ice Cream market size exceeded USD 500 Million, globally in 2019 and is estimated to grow at over 13% CAGR between 2020 and 2026. Shifting trend towards vegan lifestyles coupled with increasing prevalence of lactose intolerance & milk allergies among adult and geriatric populace will spur product demand.

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Non-Dairy ice cream consists of high content of lipids, vitamins, albumin, carbohydrates, and casein that provide significant health benefits. Shifting trends towards vegan lifestyles owing to increasing health consciousness and socialization trends will propel industry outlook. High per capita ice cream consumption particularly in the U.S. & European countries has enhanced the product demand. An average American consumes more than 10.43 kilograms of ice cream every year.

Rising incidences of lactose intolerance and other milk-related allergies will foster product demand. Comprehensive product variations through materials including coconut, almond & soy milk will positively influence the industry growth. Innovative flavor offerings mainly including blended flavors has enhanced product development. Increasing consumer spending on take home and impulse products will further boost the non-dairy ice cream market demand.

Stringent regulations for improving the food quality & safety coupled with consumer-driven movements, such as ‘clean label’, are positively influencing the adoption of both organic & natural products. Moreover, growing consumer-specific marketing strategies focusing on health benefits will stimulate the product scope. For instance, product branding as sugar-free and low-fat variant to meet diabetic & health-conscious consumers is anticipated to propel the industry demand.

Companies invest in product innovations to purify, improvise, and evaluate their products through technological upgradations for taste improvements to comply with taste of dairy counterparts. Market profitability may get affected due to higher product prices as compared to counterparts and fluctuation in raw material prices. However, expansion of distribution channel by multinational corporations coupled with an upsurge in plant milk production will fuel market demand.

Positive application scope of coconut milk in improving metabolism, blood pressure and cholesterol levels to boost overall market share

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Non-Dairy ice cream market is bifurcated based on source as coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk soy milk, and others. Coconut milk is the dominating source, accounting for over 30% share of the non-dairy ice cream market in 2019. Factors such as widescale availability, easy processing, compatibility, and lower cost are among the key factors primarily driving product usage. Moreover, key benefits including an increase in good HDL cholesterol in the body, efficient weight management, and protection from cardiovascular diseases will fuel the industry size.

Coconut milk is commonly used as an alternative to dairy milk owing to its creamy texture with a relatively high amount of saturated fat content. Higher count of brands offering coconut milk-based products due to high consumer demand will support industry expansion. Besides, coconut milk is highly compatible with several flavors, hence is used as an efficient & healthy substitute for preparation of non-dairy ice creams.

High popularity and consumption of chocolate flavour to increase overall market statistics

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Non-Dairy ice cream market is bifurcated based on flavor as Vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry, neapolitan, cookies and cream, mint choco chip, caramel, and others. Chocolate flavor segment is projected to witness over 13% CAGR up to 2026. High compatibility with source materials coupled with shifting preference for choco chips will fuel the product demand. Innovative flavor launches along with development in cocoa for enhancing health benefits will support the flavor trend. For instance, dark chocolate in ideal portion assists in preventing cardiac diseases.

Chocolate is considered a popular flavor among the consumers, for desserts including ice cream, pudding, cakes, chocolate chip cookies, pudding, mousse, and chocolate brownies. However, the flavor preferences show a considerable variation on country level. Trend towards impulse buying will positively affect the penetration of chocolate flavors. Increasing preference of cocoa as fat substitutes for adding texture in ice creams will propel the segment growth.

Europe non-dairy ice cream industry growth is attributed to high prevalence of lactose intolerance and vegan trend

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Europe non-dairy ice cream market will reach more than USD 200 million by 2026. Shifting consumer preferences towards healthy lifestyles and vegan trends in the region will drive industry growth. High innovative flavor launches along with established distribution channels will stimulate product development particularly in Germany and the UK. Additionally, the willingness of consumers in the region to pay premium prices for healthy and nutritious products will offer a positive outlook for market trends.

Increasing instances of symptoms and diseases related to lactose tolerance and nutrition deficiency will increase product penetration rate in the region. As per the EDA study on lactase deficiency, it was found that a substantial portion of the populace in the Europe region was suffering from lactase deficiency. It was found that around 56% of the population in Italy was lactose intolerant. Also, high preference for clean label, organic & GMO certified products and campaigns motivated towards animal welfare concerns will positively impact the regional market demand.

R&D activities and new product launches to remain prime business strategies by market players

Global Non-Dairy ice cream market is fragmented with key players including Unilever, General Mills, Booja Booja, Tofutti Brands, Danone, Swedish Glace, Bliss Unlimited LLC, NadaMoo, and Talenti.

Companies are engaged in product launches, joint venture, partnerships, and innovations to expand their product portfolio and cater to the rising product demand in industrial, commercial, and utility sectors. For instance, in February 2019, Magnum ice cream, a brand under Unilever announced the launch of new magnum non-dairy frozen dessert bars in the U.S. This strategy will enhance the company’s product portfolio and strengthen its market share in the U.S.

In April 2017, Danone S.A. announced to have completed the acquisition of The WhiteWave Foods Co with an investment worth USD 12.5 billion. This strategy will help Danone to develop new & innovative products, augment its distribution network and strengthen its position in the non-dairy ice cream industry.

The non-dairy ice cream market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry trends, with estimates & forecast in terms of volume (Million Liters) and revenue (USD Million) from 2015 to 2026, for the following segments:

By Source

  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Cashew Milk
  • Soy Milk
  • Others

By Flavour

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Butter pecan
  • Strawberry
  • Neapolitan
  • Cookies and cream
  • Mint choco chip
  • Caramel
  • Others

By Product

  • Impulse
  • Artisanal
  • Take home

By Form

  • Singles
  • Blends

By Distribution Channel

  • Supermarket
  • Convenience stores
  • Food & drink specialists
  • Restaurants
  • Online store
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Spain
  • APAC
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
  • LATAM     
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Tushar Malkani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

These products will gain traction across Europe, driven by high innovative flavor launches in the region, proliferating veganism trends, and shifting inclination toward healthy lifestyles. Europe market may hit USD 200 million by 2026.
Chocolate flavour will gain popularity owing to shifting preference toward Choco chips, developments in cocoa products for health, and high compatibility with source material. The segment may depict 13% CAGR through 2026.
Factors such as compatibility, low cost, easy processing, and widescale availability will push the adoption of coconut milk. The segment accounted 30% revenue share in 2019.
Italy will emerge as a major revenue ground on account of increasing lactose-intolerant population and the rising preference for organic, clean-label, and GMO certified products in the region. As per the EDA study on lactose deficiency, 56% of the Italian populace was lactose intolerant.

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