This week the Guardian reports that dairy-free milks have been included in the UK inflation basket for the first time.
The UK inflation basket is a virtual “shopping basket” made up of items that are representative of consumer spending patterns used to measure UK inflation. Its contents are reviewed each year and some items are taken out of the basket and some are brought in to reflect the lifestyle of the modern consumer in Britain. What’s hot and what’s not!
Soya milk, rice milk and almond milk have all been included in the basket for the first time. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says their inclusion reflects the growing popularity of non-dairy milks.
“The once-parodied trappings of hipster subculture – from well-groomed beards to a taste for the retro – appear to have become increasingly mainstream in the last few years,” said Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician for economic statistics at the ONS.
Find out why dairy-free milks are better for your health. For delicious dairy-free recipes, shopping tips and much more, see Everyone’s Going Dairy-Free.