Central and North Rural Weekly - - READERS’ PIC / OPINION / THE ROUND-UP -

latte boom is set to soon knock soy milk off its perch as the hip­sters’ first choice as a non-dairy bev­er­age.

While many dairy farm­ers con­sider the cafe cul­ture a lot of froth and bub­ble, mil­lions of Australians flock to cafes each morn­ing to douse their caf­feine with rice, oat, nut-based and even co­conut ex­tracts.

While the NSW Dairy Con­nect lobby group has called on Aus­tralia to fol­low Europe in ban­ning the term milk be­ing ap­plied to plant ex­tracts, Dairy Aus­tralia has found that de­mand is soar­ing.

“Sales of non-dairy ‘milks’ to the food ser­vice sec­tor and other non-gro­cery chan­nels, grew … rapidly, up 32 per cent com­pared to last year,” Dairy Aus­tralia re­ported in its lat­est Sit­u­a­tion and Out­look re­port.

“Al­mond and co­conut bev­er­ages ex­pe­ri­enced the largest in­crease in sales to food ser­vices in 2017–18.”

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