In Russia, the market for plant-based alternatives is under development

Источник: The DairyNews
In the new release of "Weather Forecast. Alternative" Sergey Kornakov, Head of the "Drinks and Bottling Technologies" department at GEA, gave a brief overview of the dynamics of the market for plant-based beverages.

The expert noted that in North America and Western Europe, this market has already stabilized, showing gradual development and a small increase in indicators. At the same time, it is actively developing in Eastern Europe, including Russia.

The peak of year-on-year consumption growth in the Eastern European region occurred in 2017. The development indicators here are still higher than in the market of Western countries. In addition to soy-based products, products made with coconut, almonds and oats are of interest.

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A variety of raw materials helps manufacturers meet the needs of different consumer groups. For example, soy gives a high yield and contains an increased amount of protein. Rice and buckwheat do not contain gluten — they can be consumed by people who are intolerant of this protein. Oats is an affordable crop rich in B vitamins, products based on oats are often additionally enriched with vitamins and minerals.

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At the same time, the expert noted, each raw material has its own processing methods, which makes it necessary to show flexibility in the design of production.

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