Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest the natural sugar lactose, which is found primarily in dairy foods. Some people do not have enough of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the sugar in their digestive system. Lactose sensitivity symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, gas and uncomfortable bloating. This food sensitivity can be difficult to diagnose since symptoms can be attributed to a range of health issues.
Hence lactose-free dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are gaining traction over a period to provide the lactose intolerants with nutrition supported through dairy products.
Billions of people around the world are lactose intolerant and unable to digest the natural sugar in cow milk, lactose-free products are a natural fit. Yet millions of other people who can digest lactose are also getting excited about lactose-free products.
In Europe, where lactose intolerant rates are low, many consumers still prefer milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream and other dairy products with little or no lactose. This reflects a broader consumer trend for free-from products that lack sugar, gluten or lactose.
The disruption to supply chains due to coronavirus, mobility restrictions, social distancing guidelines have slowdown the productions of lactose free dairy products along with the regular dairy products for few days during the peak COVID times.
Mass closures of restaurants and schools have forced a sudden shift from those wholesale food-service markets to retail grocery stores, creating logistical and packaging nightmares for plants processing milk, butter and cheese. However, with the ease of lockdown rules in staggered manner, and bringing the dairy products into essential category have eased supply chain problems.
Furthermore, with the epidemic prevention, control and treatment are at a critical across the countries currently, researches has shown that a balanced nutritional diet can help to improve health, enhance immune resistance to combat COVID-19. Government bodies are well promoting to consume milk and other dairy products that are good source of high quality protein and can also a source of vitamin B12, vitamin A, calcium and other nutrients essential for the body. This development is further propelling the demand for lactose free dairy products for the consumers with lactose intolerance.
Segmentation by Product
The Product the lactose-free milk products market is divided into milk, Cheese, Yogurt, Ice-creams and other products. Among the products potable milk is the largest category of lactose-free dairy, represents two-thirds of the market and drives the absolute growth of the category, over the past few years, there has been enough consumer demand for lactose-free milk.
Dairy companies recognize that people want solutions to address lactose intolerance and are creating new lactose-free milk and milk products to meet their needs. These are real, great-tasting products that helps to keep nutrient-rich dairy in diet.
Last year sets record with high lactose-free milk production. Lactose-free producers have been significantly less affected by the economic downturn and less impacted by government-mandated changes to behaviors.
Segmentation by Geography
Geographically, the global lactose free dairy products market has been classified into Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.
North American is leading the demand for lactose-free dairy producers followed by European and Asian markets. US lactose-free milk sales volume has increased significantly in 2019 compared to the prior year. The growth makes it the only dairy product to see such a gain with the exception of non-homogenized milk. To match with the growing lactose-free milk products demand companies operating in this field have been expanding their investments into production.
For instance, Darigold has launched lactose free product in the West part of the North America region, and the company has witnessed doubling of sales and distribution over the past six months. Furthermore, invests USD 67 million in Boise facility to support ramp-up of lactose-free milk production.
On January 2020, The Coca-Cola Company today announced that it has acquired the remaining stake in fairlife LLC from its joint venture partner select milk producers that includes lactose free milk products. Coca-Cola now owns 100% of fairlife, up from its previous 42.5% minority stake. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Porters Five Forces Analysis
Table of Contents
1. Research Methodology and Scope
2. Executive Summary
3. Impact of COVID-19 on Lactose Free Diary Products Market
4. Market Dynamics
5. Competitive Landscape
5.1 Key Strategies Adopted by Major Companies
5.2 Company Share Analysis
6. Lactose Free Diary Products Market Segmentation by Product
7. Lactose Free Diary Products Market by Region
7.1 North America
7.1.1 United States
7.2.1 United Kingdom
7.2.6 Rest of Europe
7.3.4 South Korea
7.3.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific
7.4 South America
7.4.2 Rest of South America
7.5 Middle East and Africa
8. Company Profiles
8.1 Almarai Company
8.2 Centrale del Latte d'Italia S.p.A.
8.4 Dean Foods
8.5 Holland Dairy Foods
8.7 Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited
8.8 Arla Foods
8.10 Granarolo Group