Dairy alternatives have exploded in popularity in the past few years. Despite their rising status, the global consumption of real dairy products remains strong, according to new research from Minneapolis-based Cargill.

Cargill’s research was based on surveys of consumers in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, the U.K., France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Russia, China, Japan and Indonesia. The company shared key findings at the Natural Products Expo West show, held in Anaheim, Calif., this past March. A few highlights from the U.S. consumer survey follow.

Only 12% of U.S. consumers prefer dairy alternatives
Only 13% of U.S. consumers are dairy avoiders
U.S. consumers’ top 10 reasons for dairy avoidance
U.S. consumers’ dairy perceptions

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