South America Dairy Alternative Products Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

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 report offers market size and forecasts for the dairy alternative market in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 -2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5.2 %

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Market Overview

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.

Scope of the Report

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
Other types
By Distribution Channel
Convenience Store
Health Food Store
Other sales channel
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

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. Adult‑type 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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Competitive Landscape

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.

Recent Developments

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.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    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


    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


    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


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Frequently Asked Questions

The South America Dairy Alternatives Market market is studied from 2016 - 2027.

The South America Dairy Alternatives Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.2% over the next 5 years.

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

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