Dairy, smoothies, and yogurt based beverages are generally served cold and made with some variety of milk or yogurt, usually blended with fruit or fruit juice or other flavorings to enhance the taste. Individually bottled portions of milk are sold in flavors like regular, chocolate, and strawberry, while smoothies and other yogurt-based drinks get more adventurous with fruity blends of flavors.
Smoothies most often contain fruits, veggies, and juice, but sometimes incorporate dairy or dairy alternatives for a more creamy consistency. Yogurt can be incorporated into smoothies, or mixed with fruit juice to create a more liquid, “drinkable” yogurt.
Recent health trends pose a challenge for this industry, with more people cutting out dairy as part of a healthier diet, or in order to avoid animal products. This barrier can be overcome, however, with healthier and more natural dairy options remaining popular even among health-conscious consumers. Drinks like Kefir, a fermented, probiotic milk drink, manage to bridge the gap between dairy and modern functional foods.