“Astounding” ambient yoghurt growth14 Sep 2015
Ambient drinking yoghurt, an entirely new category of dairy drinks, has taken China by storm since its launch in 2010, according to Tetra Pak, who note that the market for this exciting product innovation has grown at an astounding rate, accounting for 13% of the country’s total yoghurt category in 2014 and is expected to […]
Ambient drinking yoghurt, an entirely new category of dairy drinks, has taken China by storm since its launch in 2010, according to Tetra Pak, who note that the market for this exciting product innovation has grown at an astounding rate, accounting for 13% of the country’s total yoghurt category in 2014 and is expected to achieve sales of almost €5 billion by the end of 2017. This illustrates the scale of opportunity the product presents globally, according to Tetra Pak.
The success of ambient drinking yoghurt in China has been driven by consumer demand for convenience, taste and nutritional benefit, trends that are reflected in many other countries, the company says. Studies show that traditional meals are under pressure; consumers across the world are increasingly opting for snacks and treats that fit their busy and complex lifestyles.
With the contemporary look and convenience of Tetra Prisma Aseptic packages, the company believes that ambient drinking yoghurt suits this modern way of life, offering similar nutritional value as fermented chilled yoghurt, delivering a delicious taste and able to be be consumed easily on the go as it does not need to be refrigerated.
As a result, consumers have been willing to pay more for the product, Tetra Pak notes. Other companies have quickly recognised the potential of the new category among Chinese consumers, it says. Since the launch of Mosili’an, which Tetra Pak developed with its customer Bright Dairy in 2010, 13 dairy producers have entered the thriving Chinese sector with Tetra Pak processing lines.
“We have been delighted to work with our customers to develop a new dairy category in China,” said Dan Björklund, Manager of Centre of Expertise Dairy at Tetra Pak. “Ambient drinking yoghurt is flourishing because it appeals to the lifestyle of the modern day consumer, not just in China but globally. Dairy brands have recognised this and we are getting requests for the product from small local producers, as well as international companies, from all around the world.”
To make ambient drinking yoghurt suitable for on-the-go consumption and snacking, Tetra Pak says that the product formulation has to be smooth and stable throughout its shelf life, while also preserving the fresh taste of yoghurt. This requires a distinct product formulation and processing procedure. It is the same as chilled yoghurt in the initial stages, but needs heat treatment and aseptic filling after fermentation to ensure the viscosity and shelf-life are maintained for several months. Tetra Pak says that its extensive experience in ambient drinking yoghurt means it has developed a unique set of solutions and know-how in production to support customers.
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