South America Dairy Alternative Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The South America Dairy Alternative Products Market is segmented by Type (Food and Beverages); Distribution Channel (Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, and Online Stores), and Geography (Brazil, Argentina, and the Rest of South America). The market size and forecasts for the dairy alternative market are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

South America Dairy Alternatives Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2019 - 2022
CAGR 5.20 %
Market Concentration High

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South America Dairy Alternatives Market Analysis

South America's Dairy Alternative products market is forecast to register a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The emergence of the COVID-19 scenario made major changes in the market, positively impacting its' growth. The increased health consciousness stemming from covid precautions has led to the increased preference for plant-based milk.

The gaining popularity of the vegan diet and incidences of lactose intolerance drive the market. Increased health consciousness among consumers has led to the demand for functional beverages. The development of palatable and nutritionally adequate functional beverages with plant-based derivatives drives the market. Also, the increasing milk allergies resulting in adverse immune reactions after ingesting animal milk among the global population, particularly children and infants, has become another major factor driving the market.

However, the comparatively high prices of dairy alternatives pose a challenge to the market. The presence of nutritionally equivalent alternatives for a lower price affects consumer behavior and refrains the purchase of dairy alternatives.

South America Dairy Alternatives Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the South America Dairy Alternatives Market according to our research experts:

Increase in Lactose Intolerance and Milk Allergy

Lactose intolerance is a prevalent and distressing condition that affects approximately 70% of individuals across the South American region. Adulttype hypolactasia (lactase non-persistence or lactase deficiency) is the most common enzyme deficiency among people in Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador, which leads to lactose intolerance and primary lactose malabsorption. Due to this, consumers are shifting toward dairy-free products. Allergies and intolerances are major reasons behind the shift toward dairy-free products, especially considering the Food Allergy Initiative's statistics, which state that cow milk allergy is the leading food allergy in both infants and adults in South American countries. This factor is driving the demand for dairy alternatives in the South American market.

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Brazil is Driving the Regional Market

Brazil accounted for the largest market share for dairy alternatives in the South American region, as the rising middle-class population and millennials are causing a change in traditional buying patterns. The three major trends affecting the Brazilian market are sugar reduction, healthy food, and the rise of protein and fiber content in food. These trends are affecting the sale of plant-based products in the market. More consumers are considering healthy lifestyle choices, generating greater interest in new lactose-free, dairy-free, and plant-based/vegan options.

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South America Dairy Alternatives Industry Overview

South America's Dairy Alternative Products Market is consolidated with major players. Mergers and acquisitions are the most impacting strategies in the South American dairy alternative market, as small and regional players are acquired by global players to expand their presence and product portfolio in the region. An advanced distribution network gives an upper edge to the manufacturers to expand their range of products suitable for various consumer needs. Moreover, it is crucial for players to continuously innovate to operate and grow in the market due to the rapidly changing consumer demands and preferences.

South America Dairy Alternatives Market Leaders

  1. McCormick & Company, Inc.

  2. General Mills Inc. (Yoplait USA, Inc.)

  3. Nestle SA

  4. Blue Diamond Growers

  5. SunOpta Inc.

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South America Dairy Alternatives Market News

In March 2021, Almond Breeze, a milk-alternative brand of Blue Diamond Growers, expanded its portfolio with the launch of the First Brazilian Almond Cooking Cream & New Flavor of Almond Breeze Beverage.

In August 2020, Swiss conglomerate Nestle SA developed a wide range of plant-based dairy alternatives. It has launched its first fully pea-based beverage in Brazil under its Nesfit brand.

In June 2018, Soft drinks firm Coca-Cola Brasil expanded its portfolio of alternative dairy drinks in Brazil with the launch of new plant-based beverages under the AdeS brand.

South America Dairy Alternatives Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Soy-based

      2. 5.1.2 Almond-based

      3. 5.1.3 Coconut-based

      4. 5.1.4 Rice-based

      5. 5.1.5 Other types

    2. 5.2 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Hypermarket/Supermarket

      2. 5.2.2 Convenience Store

      3. 5.2.3 Health Food Store

      4. 5.2.4 Online

      5. 5.2.5 Other sales channel

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Brazil

      2. 5.3.2 Argentina

      3. 5.3.3 Rest of South America

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Market Share Analysis

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 The White Wave Food Company

      2. 6.3.2 Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Company

      3. 6.3.3 The Hain Celestial Group Inc.

      4. 6.3.4 McCormick & Company, Inc.

      5. 6.3.5 General Mills Inc. (Yoplait USA, Inc.)

      6. 6.3.6 The Coca-Cola Company

      7. 6.3.7 Dr.Chung's Food Co.,Ltd.

      8. 6.3.8 Blue Diamond growers

      9. 6.3.9 Sunopta Inc.

      10. 6.3.10 VitaSoy

    4. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

  8. 8. IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE MARKET

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South America Dairy Alternatives Industry Segmentation

Dairy alternatives are consumer products that do not contain lactose and possess all the properties of milk. South America Dairy Alternative Products Market includes dairy-free food such as Plant-based milk, Frozen desserts, Yogurt, and Others. The others include sour cream. Dairy-free beverages include Soy milk, Almond milk, Coconut Milk, Rice milk, and other types. The other beverages include cashew, pea, oat, and hemp, by sales channel into Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience stores, Online Stores; and others. The other sales channel include warehouses, discounters, kiosks, vending machines, etc. The report offers market size and forecasts for the dairy alternative market in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

By Type
Soy-based
Almond-based
Coconut-based
Rice-based
Other types
By Distribution Channel
Hypermarket/Supermarket
Convenience Store
Health Food Store
Online
Other sales channel
Geography
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
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South America Dairy Alternatives Market Research FAQs

The South America Dairy Alternatives Market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.20% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

McCormick & Company, Inc., General Mills Inc. (Yoplait USA, Inc.), Nestle SA, Blue Diamond Growers and SunOpta Inc. are the major companies operating in the South America Dairy Alternatives Market.

The report covers the South America Dairy Alternatives Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the South America Dairy Alternatives Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Dairy Alternative in South America Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Dairy Alternative in South America market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Dairy Alternative in South America analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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South America Dairy Alternative Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)