Canada Dairy Alternatives Market SIZE & SHARE ANALYSIS - GROWTH TRENDS & FORECASTS UP TO 2029

The Canada Dairy Alternatives Market is segmented by Category (Non-Dairy Butter, Non-Dairy Cheese, Non-Dairy Ice Cream, Non-Dairy Milk, Non-Dairy Yogurt) and by Distribution Channel (Off-Trade, On-Trade). Market Value in USD and Volume are both presented. Key Data Points observed include Per capita consumption; Population; and Production volume of plant-based products.

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Canada Dairy Alternatives Market Size

Canada Dairy Alternatives Market Summary
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Major Players

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in alphabetical order.

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Canada Dairy Alternatives Market Analysis

The Canada Dairy Alternatives Market size is estimated at 1.04 billion USD in 2024, and is expected to reach 1.77 billion USD by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 11.24% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

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1.04 Billion

Market Size in 2024 (USD)

1.77 Billion

Market Size in 2029 (USD)

7.13 %

CAGR (2017-2023)

11.24 %

CAGR (2024-2029)

Largest Market by Category

48.34 %

value share, Non-Dairy Milk, 2023

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The preference for non-dairy milk is largely driven by the growing intend towards different taste stimuli coupled with health consciousness among the consumers in the country

Largest Market by Distribution Channel

96.70 %

value share, Off-Trade, 2023

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The wider availability of various brands, ease of reading product labels, and convenience in comparing different products make it the preferred type among consumers who prefer dairy alternative products

Fastest-growing Market by Category

28.85 %

Projected CAGR, Non-Dairy Cheese, 2024-2029

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Growing awareness regarding animal cruelty and high acceptance of veganism are prompting consumers to opt for vegan foods such as plant-based cheese, captivating the growth of Non-Dairy Cheese segment

Fastest-growing Market by Distribution Channel

11.42 %

Projected CAGR, Off-Trade, 2024-2029

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The rising preference to buy essential groceries online during the pandemic drove the off-trade channel. The growth is also assisted by better consumer reach through digital marketing

Leading Market Player

21.94 %

market share, Danone SA, 2022

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Danone SA' major focus on the quality and high standards of the products in plant-based beverages segment with produts in wider range of brands made it maket leader

Rise in modern grocery retailing including hypermarkets and online stores fuels the sales through off-trade channels

  • Supermarkets and hypermarkets primarily drive the high market share of off-trade channels. Supermarkets and hypermarkets have always maintained a strong lead in the sales of dairy alternatives in the country. The proximity factor of this channel, especially in large and developed cities, provides it with the added advantage of influencing the consumer's decision to purchase among the large variety of products available in the market. For instance, in Canada, supermarkets and hypermarkets covered 77.16% of the sales of dairy alternatives, by value, in 2022.
  • The online channel is projected to be the fastest-growing distribution channel as modern consumers prefer online grocery purchases due to their busy lifestyles. In 2021, about 22% of Canadians bought groceries online regularly. Online sales of dairy alternatives grew by 117.27% during 2017-2022 to reach a market value of USD 15.37 million in 2022. By product type, plant-based milk is the largest sold across online retail channels. Key brands available across major e-commerce stores include Califia, Chobani, Blue Diamond, and Earth's Own.
  • Key brands of dairy alternatives are launching their e-commerce stores either independently or through partnerships and acquisitions to cater to tech-savvy consumers. In November 2021, Feel Foods Ltd announced the development of a new e-commerce platform to facilitate the online distribution of the vegan cheese brand Black Sheep. Other companies adopting similar strategies include Lactalis Canada, Future of Cheese Inc., Vegano Foods, and The Cultured Nut Inc.
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Canada Dairy Alternatives Market Trends

Increasing preference for functional plant-based ingredients, environmental awareness, and concerns about animal welfare drive the market

  • During the review period (2017-2022), the country witnessed a favorable per capita consumption of 26.29%, primarily because of the rising vegan population and the health benefits of dairy substitutes. As of 2022, 1.7 million consumers considered themselves vegan. The rising preference for functional and fortified plant-based ingredients like soy, oats, and almonds has also increased the demand for dairy alternative products in Canada.
  • In 2021, sales of plant-based products in Canada amounted to nearly CAD 650 million. Canadian consumers are now more open to trying plant-based alternatives, especially the younger generation, influenced by health and environmental factors. Over 52% of Canadians choose plant-based diets and seek ways to consume more plant-based meals. In addition, growing environmental awareness and concerns about animal welfare are regarded as major market drivers in Canada. During the forecast period, media coverage highlighting the impact of dairy production on global warming and greenhouse gases will likely encourage consumers to switch to plant-based foods and beverages.
  • There is a constant rise in the per capita consumption of dairy alternatives in Canada due to their wide applications in different food products like cheeses, yogurts, confectionery, beverages, and desserts. Products like non-dairy cheeses, dips, sauces, and spreads collectively had a sales value of USD 47 million in 2021.
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OTHER KEY INDUSTRY TRENDS COVERED IN THE REPORT

  • Environmental conditions largely impact the production of various raw materials in the market

Canada Dairy Alternatives Industry Overview

The Canada Dairy Alternatives Market is fragmented, with the top five companies occupying 34.92%. The major players in this market are Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd, Blue Diamond Growers, Danone SA, Groupe Lactalis and Nutrisoya Foods Inc. (sorted alphabetically).

Canada Dairy Alternatives Market Leaders

  1. Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd

  2. Blue Diamond Growers

  3. Danone SA

  4. Groupe Lactalis

  5. Nutrisoya Foods Inc.

Canada Dairy Alternatives Market Concentration

Other important companies include Global Food and Ingredients (YoFiit), Oat Canada Inc., Otsuka Holdings Co. Ltd, Purity Dairy Limited, SunOpta Inc., Sunrise Soya Foods.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in alphabetical order.

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Canada Dairy Alternatives Market News

  • June 2022: Global Food and Ingredients (YoFiit) launched plant-based milk in Costco in Eastern Canada. The plant-based milk is made with chickpeas, pea protein, and flax.
  • May 2022: Danone Canada launched Nextmilk under the Silk brand. This beverage is a non-GMO product that is free from lactose, gluten, carrageenan, artificial colors, and flavors.
  • April 2022: SunOpta Inc. acquired Dream and WestSoy plant-based beverages brands from the Hain Celestial Group. The company currently produces the entire WestSoy product portfolio.

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Canada Dairy Alternatives Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & KEY FINDINGS

  2. REPORT OFFERS

  3. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1. Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2. Scope of the Study​

    3. 1.3. Research Methodology

  4. 2. KEY INDUSTRY TRENDS

    1. 2.1. Per Capita Consumption

    2. 2.2. Raw Material/Commodity Production

      1. 2.2.1. Dairy Alternative - Raw Material Production

    3. 2.3. Regulatory Framework

      1. 2.3.1. Canada

    4. 2.4. Value Chain & Distribution Channel Analysis

  5. 3. MARKET SEGMENTATION (includes market size in Value in USD and Volume, Forecasts up to 2029 and analysis of growth prospects)

    1. 3.1. Category

      1. 3.1.1. Non-Dairy Butter

      2. 3.1.2. Non-Dairy Cheese

      3. 3.1.3. Non-Dairy Ice Cream

      4. 3.1.4. Non-Dairy Milk

        1. 3.1.4.1. By Product Type

          1. 3.1.4.1.1. Almond Milk

          2. 3.1.4.1.2. Coconut Milk

          3. 3.1.4.1.3. Oat Milk

          4. 3.1.4.1.4. Soy Milk

      5. 3.1.5. Non-Dairy Yogurt

    2. 3.2. Distribution Channel

      1. 3.2.1. Off-Trade

        1. 3.2.1.1. Convenience Stores

        2. 3.2.1.2. Online Retail

        3. 3.2.1.3. Specialist Retailers

        4. 3.2.1.4. Supermarkets and Hypermarkets

        5. 3.2.1.5. Others (Warehouse clubs, gas stations, etc.)

      2. 3.2.2. On-Trade

  6. 4. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 4.1. Key Strategic Moves

    2. 4.2. Market Share Analysis

    3. 4.3. Company Landscape

    4. 4.4. Company Profiles (includes Global Level Overview, Market Level Overview, Core Business Segments, Financials, Headcount, Key Information, Market Rank, Market Share, Products and Services, and Analysis of Recent Developments).

      1. 4.4.1. Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd

      2. 4.4.2. Blue Diamond Growers

      3. 4.4.3. Danone SA

      4. 4.4.4. Global Food and Ingredients (YoFiit)

      5. 4.4.5. Groupe Lactalis

      6. 4.4.6. Nutrisoya Foods Inc.

      7. 4.4.7. Oat Canada Inc.

      8. 4.4.8. Otsuka Holdings Co. Ltd

      9. 4.4.9. Purity Dairy Limited

      10. 4.4.10. SunOpta Inc.

      11. 4.4.11. Sunrise Soya Foods

  7. 5. KEY STRATEGIC QUESTIONS FOR DAIRY AND DAIRY ALTERNATIVE CEOS

  8. 6. APPENDIX

    1. 6.1. Global Overview

      1. 6.1.1. Overview

      2. 6.1.2. Porter’s Five Forces Framework

      3. 6.1.3. Global Value Chain Analysis

      4. 6.1.4. Market Dynamics (DROs)

    2. 6.2. Sources & References

    3. 6.3. List of Tables & Figures

    4. 6.4. Primary Insights

    5. 6.5. Data Pack

    6. 6.6. Glossary of Terms

List of Tables & Figures

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  2. PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES, KG, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. PRODUCTION VOLUME OF CANADA DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET - RAW MATERIAL, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2021
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  2. VOLUME OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES, METRIC TONNES, BY CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES, USD, BY CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET BY CATEGORY, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET BY CATEGORY, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, BY CATEGORY , %, CANADA, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, BY CATEGORY , %, CANADA, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF NON-DAIRY BUTTER MARKET, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF NON-DAIRY BUTTER MARKET, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF NON-DAIRY BUTTER MARKET, BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF NON-DAIRY CHEESE MARKET, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF NON-DAIRY CHEESE MARKET, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF NON-DAIRY CHEESE MARKET, BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF NON-DAIRY ICE CREAM MARKET, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF NON-DAIRY ICE CREAM MARKET, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF NON-DAIRY ICE CREAM MARKET, BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET BY PRODUCT TYPE, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET BY PRODUCT TYPE, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, BY PRODUCT TYPE , %, CANADA, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, BY PRODUCT TYPE , %, CANADA, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF ALMOND MILK MARKET, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF ALMOND MILK MARKET, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF ALMOND MILK MARKET, BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF COCONUT MILK MARKET, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF COCONUT MILK MARKET, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF COCONUT MILK MARKET, BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF OAT MILK MARKET, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF OAT MILK MARKET, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF OAT MILK MARKET, BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF SOY MILK MARKET, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF SOY MILK MARKET, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF SOY MILK MARKET, BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF NON-DAIRY YOGURT MARKET, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF NON-DAIRY YOGURT MARKET, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF NON-DAIRY YOGURT MARKET, BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL , %, CANADA, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL , %, CANADA, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET BY SUB DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET BY SUB DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, BY SUB DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS , %, CANADA, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, BY SUB DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS , %, CANADA, 2017 VS 2023 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA CONVENIENCE STORES, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA CONVENIENCE STORES, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, SOLD VIA CONVENIENCE STORES, BY CATEGORY , %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA ONLINE RETAIL, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA ONLINE RETAIL, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, SOLD VIA ONLINE RETAIL, BY CATEGORY , %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA SPECIALIST RETAILERS, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA SPECIALIST RETAILERS, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, SOLD VIA SPECIALIST RETAILERS, BY CATEGORY , %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA SUPERMARKETS AND HYPERMARKETS, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA SUPERMARKETS AND HYPERMARKETS, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, SOLD VIA SUPERMARKETS AND HYPERMARKETS, BY CATEGORY , %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA OTHERS (WAREHOUSE CLUBS, GAS STATIONS, ETC.), METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA OTHERS (WAREHOUSE CLUBS, GAS STATIONS, ETC.), USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, SOLD VIA OTHERS (WAREHOUSE CLUBS, GAS STATIONS, ETC.), BY CATEGORY , %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. VOLUME OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA ON-TRADE, METRIC TONNES, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET SOLD VIA ON-TRADE, USD, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF DAIRY ALTERNATIVES MARKET, SOLD VIA ON-TRADE, BY CATEGORY , %, CANADA, 2022 VS 2029
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  2. MOST ACTIVE COMPANIES BY NUMBER OF STRATEGIC MOVES, COUNT, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. MOST ADOPTED STRATEGIES, COUNT, CANADA, 2017 - 2029
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF MAJOR PLAYERS, %, CANADA, 2022

Canada Dairy Alternatives Industry Segmentation

Non-Dairy Butter, Non-Dairy Cheese, Non-Dairy Ice Cream, Non-Dairy Milk, Non-Dairy Yogurt are covered as segments by Category. Off-Trade, On-Trade are covered as segments by Distribution Channel.

  • Supermarkets and hypermarkets primarily drive the high market share of off-trade channels. Supermarkets and hypermarkets have always maintained a strong lead in the sales of dairy alternatives in the country. The proximity factor of this channel, especially in large and developed cities, provides it with the added advantage of influencing the consumer's decision to purchase among the large variety of products available in the market. For instance, in Canada, supermarkets and hypermarkets covered 77.16% of the sales of dairy alternatives, by value, in 2022.
  • The online channel is projected to be the fastest-growing distribution channel as modern consumers prefer online grocery purchases due to their busy lifestyles. In 2021, about 22% of Canadians bought groceries online regularly. Online sales of dairy alternatives grew by 117.27% during 2017-2022 to reach a market value of USD 15.37 million in 2022. By product type, plant-based milk is the largest sold across online retail channels. Key brands available across major e-commerce stores include Califia, Chobani, Blue Diamond, and Earth's Own.
  • Key brands of dairy alternatives are launching their e-commerce stores either independently or through partnerships and acquisitions to cater to tech-savvy consumers. In November 2021, Feel Foods Ltd announced the development of a new e-commerce platform to facilitate the online distribution of the vegan cheese brand Black Sheep. Other companies adopting similar strategies include Lactalis Canada, Future of Cheese Inc., Vegano Foods, and The Cultured Nut Inc.
Category
Non-Dairy Butter
Non-Dairy Cheese
Non-Dairy Ice Cream
Non-Dairy Milk
By Product Type
Almond Milk
Coconut Milk
Oat Milk
Soy Milk
Non-Dairy Yogurt
Distribution Channel
Off-Trade
Convenience Stores
Online Retail
Specialist Retailers
Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
Others (Warehouse clubs, gas stations, etc.)
On-Trade
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Market Definition

  • Dairy Alternatives - Dairy alternatives are foods that are made from plant-based milk/oils instead of their usual animal products, such as cheese, butter, milk, ice cream, yogurt, etc. Plant-based or non-dairy milk alternative is the fast-growing segment in the newer food product development category of functional and specialty beverage across the globe.
  • Non-Dairy Butter - Non dairy butter is a vegan butter alternative that is made from a mixture of plant oils. With an increase in alternative diets like vegetarianism, veganism, and gluten intolerance, plant butter is a healthy non-dairy substitute for normal butter.
  • Non-Dairy Ice Cream - Plant based ice cream is a growing category. Non-dairy ice cream is a type of dessert made without any animal ingredients. This is typically considered a substitute for regular ice cream for those who cannot or do not eat animal or animal-derived products, including eggs, milk, cream, or honey.
  • Plant-Based Milk - Plant based milks are milk substitutes that are made from nuts (e.g., hazelnuts, hemp seeds), seeds (e.g., sesame, walnuts, coconuts, cashews, almonds, rice, oats, etc.) or legumes (e.g., soy). Plant-based milk such as soy milk and almond milk have been popular in East Asia and the Middle East for centuries.
Keyword Definition
Cultured Butter Cultured butter is prepared by having the raw butter go through chemical processing and has been added with certain emulsifiers and foreign ingredients.
Uncultured Butter This type of butter is one which has not been processed in any way
Natural Cheese The type of cheese in its most natural form. It is made from natural and simple products and ingredients, including fresh and natural salts, natural colors, enzymes, and high-quality milk.
Processed Cheese Processed cheese undergoes the same processes as natural cheese; however, it requires more steps and many different forms of ingredients. Making processed cheese involves melting natural cheese, emulsifying it, and adding preservatives and other artificial ingredients or colorings.
Single Cream Single cream contains around 18% fat. It’s a single layer of cream that appears over boiled milk.
Double Cream Double cream contains 48% fat, more than double the amount of fat of single cream. It’s heavier and thicker than single cream
Whipping Cream This has a much higher fat percentage than single cream (36%). Used to top cakes, pies, and puddings and as a thickener for sauces, soups, and fillings.
Frozen Desserts Desserts that are meant to be eaten in frozen condition. E.g., sherbets, sorbets, frozen yogurts
UHT Milk (Ultra-high temperature milk) Milk heated at a very high temperature. Ultra-high-temperature processing (UHT) of milk involves heating for 1–8 sec at 135–154°C. which kills the spore-forming pathogenic microorganism, resulting in a product with a shelf-life of several months.
Non-dairy butter/Plant-based butter Butter made from plant-derived oil such as coconut, palm, etc.
Non-dairy Yogurt Yogurt made from typically made from nuts, like almonds, cashews, coconuts, and even other foods like soybeans, plantains, oats, and peas
On-trade It refers to restaurants, QSRs, and bars.
Off-trade It refers to supermarkets, hypermarkets, on-line channels, etc.
Neufchatel cheese One of the oldest kinds of cheese in France. It is a soft, slightly crumbly, mold-ripened, bloomy-rind cheese made in the Neufchâtel-en-Bray region of Normandy.
Flexitarian It refers to a consumer preferring a semi-vegetarian diet, that is centered on plant foods with limited or occasional inclusion of meat.
Lactose Intolerance Lactose intolerance is a reaction in digestive system to lactose, the sugar in milk. It causes uncomfortable symptoms in response to the consumption of dairy products.
Cream Cheese Cream cheese is a soft and creamy fresh cheese with a tangy taste made from milk and cream.
Sorbets Sorbet is a frozen dessert made using ice combined with fruit juice, fruit purée, or other ingredients, such as wine, liqueur, or honey.
Sherbet Sherbet is a sweetened frozen dessert made with fruit and some sort of dairy product such as milk or cream.
Shelf stable Foods that can be safely stored at room temperature, or "on the shelf," for at least one year and do not have to be cooked or refrigerated to eat safely.
DSD Direct Store Delivery is the process in supply chain management wherein the product is delivered from manufacturing plant directly to the retailer.
OU Kosher Orthodox Union Kosher is a kosher certification agency based in New York City.
Gelato Gelato is a frozen creamy dessert made with milk, heavy cream and sugar.
Grass-fed Cows Grass-fed cows are allowed to graze in pastures, where they eat a variety of grasses and clover.
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Research Methodology

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Canada Dairy Alternatives Market Research FAQs

The Canada Dairy Alternatives Market size is expected to reach USD 1.04 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 11.24% to reach USD 1.77 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Canada Dairy Alternatives Market size is expected to reach USD 1.04 billion.

Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd, Blue Diamond Growers, Danone SA, Groupe Lactalis and Nutrisoya Foods Inc. are the major companies operating in the Canada Dairy Alternatives Market.

In the Canada Dairy Alternatives Market, the Off-Trade segment accounts for the largest share by distribution channel.

In 2024, the Off-Trade segment accounts for the fastest growing by distribution channel in the Canada Dairy Alternatives Market.

In 2023, the Canada Dairy Alternatives Market size was estimated at 1.04 billion. The report covers the Canada Dairy Alternatives Market historical market size for years: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Canada Dairy Alternatives Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Canada Dairy Alternatives Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 Canada Dairy Alternatives market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Canada Dairy Alternatives analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

Canada Dairy Alternatives Market SIZE & SHARE ANALYSIS - GROWTH TRENDS & FORECASTS UP TO 2029