The UK market for goats’ products continues to grow as consumers become increasingly aware of allergies and intolerance to cows’ milk. Goats’ milk is the most widely drunk animal milk worldwide, although in the UK it only accounts for a very small percentage of the total milk consumption – 0.01% according to a recent Euromonitor milk report.
Liz Sutton, Joint MD at Delamere Dairy comments, “Allergies and food intolerances affect the lives of thousands of people every year and as these numbers grow, people are looking for alternatives to keep their sensitivities at bay. It has become evident that a large proportion of people with an allergy or intolerance to cows’ milk are able to flourish on goats’ milk. With around 16% of people in the UK needing an alternative to cows’ milk, the interest and demand is rising. There are reasons why people get on with goats’ milk and now cows’ milk. It very much works on a case by case basis as there has been little formal medical research into its benefits. At Delamere, we receive calls from numerous customers with stories of how goats’ milk has helped them.”
Goats’ milk does contain lactose which occurs naturally in milk, however Delamere Dairy’s consumer feedback indicates that due to the ease with which goats’ milk is digested, those who suffer lactose intolerance with cows’ milk rarely do with goats’ milk.
Delamere Dairy, which began in 1985 with just three goats, is now the UK’s leading goat’s milk products supplier and exports around the world. From its origins of supplying just goats’ milk, Delamere now offers whole, semi-skimmed and UHT goats’ milk, goats’ cream, chocolate goats’ milk, goats’ butter, plain and fruited goats’ yoghurt and a range of goats’ cheeses.