From dairy alternatives to faux-meat, JBT will be telling processors in Brazil why “the future is plant-based” at a new seminar taking place in São Paulo, Brazil on June 6. The global dairy alternatives market is booming. A combination of health and environmental concerns are driving purchases of products such as almond, soya and oat milk across the globe, presenting processors with potentially lucrative new sources of revenue.

With an estimated Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13.30%, the global dairy alternatives market is expected to grow from US$22.25 billion in 2021 to US$53.97 billion by 2028 (Fortune Business Insights, 2021). 

In the case of oat milk in particular, the market is currently growing by an estimated 14.2% every year (Grand View Research, Inc) and is expected to be worth some US$6.45 billion by 2028. 

Preserving quality
Whether it be due to concerns over the environmental impact of livestock or dietary requirements, non-dairy milk alternatives are becoming big business. For customers already present or interested in entering these markets, the JBT Sterideal HX SteriCompact UHT Sterilizer is a highly effective solution. Thanks to an innovative coil design, the Sterideal HX produces far less precipitation (fouling) – and therefore better performance with longer production runs, preserving the protein content in the process – than many traditional systems.

One of the key benefits of plant-based milk alternatives, explains JBT’s Global Product Line Director for Aseptic Systems, Juan Martinez, is that they are low sugar and high protein, but this protein content normally suffers from precipitation when heated. “A key advantage offered by the Sterideal UHT system is that because of the coil design, it records far lower precipitation, so delivers improvements in terms production and quality, and that translates into better TCO,” he says.


Perfect for preserving plant-based protein content: the JBT Sterideal Ohmic Heat Exchanger

Consistent results
Another effective solution for customers moving to the dairy alternatives industry is the JBT Homogenizer, which creates a smooth liquid from plant-based sources. Making use of a powerful, high-pressure pump design for UHT sterilization systems, the Homogenizer forces the product through a narrow opening, with larger drops of fat broken up into smaller ones and spread evenly through the product.

“JBT has been developing a lot of different solutions and systems with customers with the aim of helping anyone moving into the plant-based category to make their venture a success,” adds Martinez.

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