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Can plant-based milk beat conventional dairy?
Plant-based milk makers are whipping up billions in investment and trade with new products coming to market and more buyers turning to non-dairy alternatives. But as the FT’s Judith Evans reports, plant-based milks have some way go to match the popularity, nutrients and earnings of traditional cow’s milk, which continues to cream the largest profits.
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