More and more people are seeking ways to follow a healthier lifestyle, and one product of this growing trend of drinking goat’s milk. According to UK grocery chain Tesco, goat’s milk has now become one of Britain's fastest growing dairy products owing to its health benefits.
And retail analysts TNS say the goat milk industry is now worth 25 million pounds a year, with last year’s demand grown by 11 per cent.
Until the 1970s, there was barely any demand for goat's milk, which was hardly registered as part of general milk sales.
Tesco says that the recent shot is caused by improved farming methods and shoppers' consciousness of its health benefits such as improving digestion, eczema and asthma.
"It is official - the goat has become the trendiest animal in the farmyard. It is an amazing turnaround, because even until six or seven years ago the average shopper would have turned their nose up at goat's milk without even trying it mainly because of its old fashioned image,” the Scotsman quoted Jessica Litman, goat milk buyer for Tesco, as saying.
"The change has come about because of health reasons and also because UK goat farming methods have improved which has led to better quality milk,” she added.
"Health reasons play a strong part in the growing success of goat's milk and we have been running a survey asking people what benefits they derive from it, Hind said.
Goat's milk is particularly beneficial for people suffering from lactose intolerance. Though both cow's and goat's milk contains lactose, the different proteins found in the latter make it easier to digest.