A Case for Offering Dairy-Free Options

Did you know that the number of people who identify themselves as vegans has nearly tripled since 2009? There are approximately 1.8 million Americans who live vegan lifestyles¹. Also, did you know that between 30 and 50 million Americans have some degree of lactose intolerance²? Being dairy-free is not some passing fad or small specialty niche—it’s a market that’s expected to grow up to 15% to a value of $14 billion by 2018³.

People make dairy-free choices for many different reasons: lactose intolerance, milk allergies, and lifestyle. While reasons may differ, their need is the same – to find sources of dairy-free food options. Are you servicing your patrons’ needs? Are you providing a product that could satisfy the needs of a growing population? If not, we think you should!

Why Choose Dairy Free?

10 Healthy Reasons People Choose Dairy Free

DOLE® Soft Serve is the complete package. The soft serve product line offers unique, dairy-free mixes that deliver intense fruit flavors as well as lactose free traditional flavors to satisfy your customers’ cravings. Here’s a scenario for you to ponder.

Becky is lactose intolerant. She and her husband are out running errands with their four children. As they leave their last stop, the kids ask for ice cream. Becky cringes because she knows if she eats it, she will suffer for the next few hours. She has the choice of abstaining from a frozen treat for herself or she can choose a place that works for everyone. What do you think she will do if she knows of a place that serves a product that agrees with her diet?

You guessed it! She will most likely take her family of six to the place that serves a lactose-free product. The worst-case scenario for any food and beverage establishment is that she makes the decision to avoid eating out altogether and takes her family home for what’s in the pantry! Buying behavior, especially food purchases, are often made to accommodate the individual on a special diet. If this wasn’t the case, the person with the food allergy, dietary restriction or food lifestyle choice would be excluded from the meal.  Offering dairy-free options makes a restaurant or frozen dessert establishment appealing to larger groups or families.

10 Healthy Reasons People Choose Dairy Free

10 Healthy Reasons People Choose Dairy Free

An added expansion to the case for offering dairy-free options reaches into the healthful-eating segment. There are numerous possible health benefits of going dairy-free like decreased anxiety, reduced nausea, better sleep and reduced hyperactivity in children. Offering a product that is vegan or dairy-free attracts people who want to eat smart. There isn’t a day that goes by that we aren’t reminded that there is evidence to support the cliché, “you are what you eat”.

We believe that offering a dairy-free alternative will only help your business. Veganism and dairy-free are on people’s radar and their perception of healthy is too! For more detailed information on meeting the demands of the growing dairy-free market, please check out our website for our newly published “A Case for Offering Dairy Free Options”.

Resources

¹ Vegetarian Resource Group https://www.vrg.org/nutshell/market.htm#market

² National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, DHHS. Digestive Disease Statistics. Retrieved August 12, 2005, from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/statistics/statistics.htm

³ MarketResearch.com. Dairy Alternative (Beverage) Market by Type (Soy, Almond, Rice), Formulation (Plain, Flavored, Sweetened, Unsweetened), Channel (Supermarket, Health Store, Pharmacy, Convenience Store) & Geography – Global Trends & Forecast to 2019. Accessed February, 2014. http://www.marketresearch.com/MarketsandMarkets-v3719/Dairy-Alternative-Beverage-Type-Soy-7904734/

Let’s Explore! We Can’t Wait to Get You to a Dry Climate!

Let's take you to a "dry" climate!

Play along and join us for a DOLE Soft Serve “Road Trip”!

Road trips are known for making memories, family bonding and exploring new territory! We think soft serve offers many of the same “road trip” benefits! How cool is it that your destination is on the route! For the next few minutes, let us take you for a “road trip” to explore the benefits of switching to dry soft serve mix. Hop in!

First, the cost benefits of using dry mix compared to RTU liquid mix are so impactful, we think you’ll never consider RTU again! For starters, shipping a dry product is much lighter than shipping a liquid product. As a result, you get more product which produces higher yields (2-3x more than liquid). Additionally, dry goods don’t require refrigerated transit. Another huge cost savings! Moreover, dry mix doesn’t need to be refrigerated until AFTER you add water. Our dry mixes have a 12-month shelf life and you only mix what you know you will use; one hopper-full at a time!

How about your bottom line? Shipping savings, higher yields, less waste and a longer shelf life equals lower food costs. DOLE Soft Serve dry mix can also increase your sales potential because it doesn’t contain the ingredients that often exclude consumers based on dietary or lifestyle food restrictions. Specifically, DOLE  Soft Serve fruit flavors are lactose, dairy, gluten and cholesterol free! Rising health concerns and special dietary restrictions push people away from snacks and desserts, however, soft serve has a smart snack reputation!

Still cautious? Possibly, mixing times are a concern. Dry mix becomes “hopper-ready” in just TWO minutes! When you purchase our mix, we send a complimentary mixing bucket with a lid for easy transfer and quick storage. You can mix the soft serve before shutting down for the night, stick it in the cooler and pour it into your machine when you’re opening the next morning!

Sometimes you need to see it to believe it! On your next “road-trip” make a point to visit our fans.

Give “DRY” a try!

Sometimes you need to see it to believe it! On your next “road-trip” make a point to visit our fans. DOLE Soft Serve is currently served at many destinations like zoos, theme parks and waterparks. We are also a favorite at soft serve and frozen yogurt shops. Below are some recommended “points of interest” for your next road trip. If you currently serve DOLE® and you aren’t on our list below, we want to hear from you! Please leave us a comment and we will add your business to our “Points of Interest”. Ready for dry? Contact us for a sample!

POINTS OF INTEREST

Orange Leaf (National)

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (National)

Hula Girls Shave Ice, California

Disney Parks, California & Florida

DeNucci’s Soft Serve, Florida

Wild Adventures, Georgia

Sea Life Park, Hawaii

DOLE® Plantation, Hawaii

Adventureland, Iowa

Grant’s Farm, Missouri

St. Louis Zoo, Missouri

Valley Fair, Minnesota

Bronx Zoo, New York

Blosser’s Dari Drive-Inn, Ohio

Oregon Zoo, Oregon

Punk’d Pineapple, Pennsylvania

Dutch Wonderland, Pennsylvania

San Antonio Zoo, Texas