New York — In recent years, alternative sources of milk have begun to disrupt the dairy industry, from soy to almond to rice. The latest contender for space in your refrigerator is milk made from yellow peas. In 2015, sales of dairy milk fell 7% ($17.8bn), and they are projected to fall an additional 11% through 2020, according to market intelligence agency Mintel. Meanwhile, Bloomberg has reported that almond milk sales rose 250% from 2011 to 2015. But there are barriers to mainstream adoption: soy milk can taste chalky, and soy beans are notorious for being genetically modified. Almond milk, despite its high-protein reputation, has only one-eighth the protein of dairy milk and requires huge amounts of water to produce. Rice milk has a pleasant enough flavour but is also low in protein. Enter Ripple, a new line of dairy products powered by $44m from Google and Silicon Valley venture capitalists. Since it launched in April 2016, the company has sold 2.5-million bottles of product an...

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