Consumers in California and across the country are looking for ways to cut back on the amount of dairy in their diets and eat healthier snacks, as food manufacturers increasingly seek to reduce the amount they use and the amount people are buying.
The California-based DairyFree brand is the latest company to jump on the bandwagon, as it announced it will begin selling milk-free snacks and fruit snacks in grocery stores and other outlets across the state in mid-October.
But in some states, dairy free products are still required.
In California, dairy-free products must be labeled “milk-free,” “low-fat,” or “no fat.”
While dairy-based foods are available at grocery stores, most grocery stores are limited to selling milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products.
Dairy-free foods aren’t available in dairy-laden restaurants.
The new products are made with soy, almond milk, and almond oil.
The company is offering the dairy-containing products at stores in the state for $1.99 per ounce and will offer the fruit-containing snacks for $2.99 each.
The DairyFree products will go on sale at all California grocery stores starting October 21.
But consumers in some markets are opting for milk-based products.
In August, the California Food Bank announced it was increasing its milk-only food distribution to 1 million homes, including some who don’t have access to milk.
Consumers in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Jose are being encouraged to start ordering dairy-filled dairy-related products.
The move is a response to the state’s dairy restrictions, which have kept dairy producers from growing milk in California.
As the number of dairy-producing farms in California has declined, the state has become increasingly reliant on imports.
And while California has reduced its reliance on imports from countries like Canada, Mexico, and Australia, the number and concentration of dairy cows have remained high in the nation’s largest state.
“There are a lot of dairy producers out there that are looking at California and saying, ‘This is where we want to be,’ ” said Matt Hodge, the food policy director for the nonprofit Food Trust.
“We don’t want to go back to a situation where we’re importing cows from Canada to grow milk.
Dairy-based snacks are popular among the millennial generation, who are increasingly looking for a healthier option when it comes to snacks. “
That’s why it’s really important to understand that these are products that can be made without milk.”
Dairy-based snacks are popular among the millennial generation, who are increasingly looking for a healthier option when it comes to snacks.
According to a recent poll from Public Policy Polling, 53 percent of millennial consumers in the U.S. said they would prefer to buy a product with no milk.
And more than half of millennial women in the country (56 percent) say they would be willing to purchase a product that had no milk, with a slight majority saying they would only buy a milk-containing snack.
In fact, nearly 70 percent of millennials are buying milk-centric snacks at least once a week.
The popularity of dairy products among millennials has helped fuel the rise of some of the country’s largest food companies.
Last year, Kellogg Co., which makes Kashi, Boca, and many other breakfast cereal brands, began selling dairy-less breakfast cereal, which it calls Dairy Free Breakfast.
In addition to the Dairy Free cereal, Kellog is launching a new line of dairy free cereal called Keto, which is made with hemp oil.
In June, PepsiCo, maker of Pampers and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group products, began releasing its own dairy- free products in its grocery stores.
The brands include the popular Pamper, Dr. Martens, and Dove dry shampoo.
And in November, the company announced it would start selling its own Dairy-Free brand in grocery store packaging.