Retail sales of milk in the UK have benefited through increased levels of demand during Covid19, due to lockdown periods coupled with government advice to ‘stay at home’. This has naturally resulted in more consumption occasions within the home.
FLAVOURED MILK - A popular choice
Whilst ‘white’ milk continues to dominate the market, it has experienced a decline in value. This is in contrast to the flavoured milk category, which continues to grow in popularity*. Flavoured milk production therefore offers an attractive opportunity for UK Dairy Farmers looking to diversify in order to maintain volume and margins on their milk. This is something that’s particularly pressing for many farmers across the UK as the full implications of Brexit on the dairy industry still remains uncertain.
HEALTH & WELLNESS IS HOT
There are a number of reasons behind the popularity of flavoured milk. Health and wellness is a megatrend that shows no signs of slowing, particularly given the aftermath of Covid19. It is viewed by parents as a great way to get the goodness of milk into their children, with health cited as an important factor influencing the purchasing decision of one in three flavoured milk buyers.*
INDULGENT & COMFORTING FLAVOURS
The flavoured milk category has also seen the launch of a number of new products centred around more luxurious, often dessert inspired flavours. These have found particular resonance amongst a younger audience and those looking to treat themselves and lift their spirits, particularly in the face of recent events.
THE RISE OF MILK VENDING MACHINES
Milk vending machines are a relatively recent phenomenon, which are proving to be extremely popular. They have particular support from consumers keen to shop local and for whom provenance is important. Milk vending machines offer an easy way for dairy farmers, without their own bottling facility, to sell flavoured milk directly to the consumer.
SIMPSONS MILKSHAKE SYRUPS FOR THE PERFECT FLAVOURED MILK
At Simpsons Beverages we produce premium quality milkshake syrups in an extensive range of flavours. Our classic flavours include strawberry, chocolate, banana and vanilla. Alternatively, we offer a growing selection of indulgent flavours in our deliciously decadent range, including gingerbread, white chocolate, banoffee and lots more! Our syrups are suitable for use by milk processing plants or farmers who bottle their own milk. Simply blend with milk before bottling in the usual way for the perfect flavoured milk. They are also suitable for use alongside milk vending machines. Alternatively, if you are a dairy farmer looking to diversify, why not read more about our juice drinks for commercial bottling. With no need for additional requirement for equipment as they can be packed using the same commercial bottling line as milk