Whats Hot ... Plant Drinks

Driven by the prevailing trends for plant-based foods, health, and sustainability, and boosted by the Covid-19 pandemic, a third of Brits now use plant-based drinks, according to research by Mintel, up from a quarter in 2020. And this is even higher in the younger generation, with almost 44% of Brits aged 25-44 buying plant drinks.

Oat milk remains the undisputed star of this plant-based milk revolution, with sales of oat milk almost doubling from £74m in 2019 to a whopping £146m* and overtaking almond milk as the most popular choice. The category might be led by the big five: oat, almond, coconut, soya, and rice, but there is much innovation in ingredients: from pea, nuts and even potato, with each plant offering its own unique flavour, texture, and health profile. There is innovation in formats too, consumers can choose from sweetened, unsweetened, flavoured, enriched, activated, or barista varieties, to name just a few.

We’ve pulled together our top plant-based drinks for your store – click on the image below for more details.