Toward the end of 2018, I penned a column defending Dairy Foods’ coverage of the plant-based dairy-alternative space. The column was in response to reader feedback suggesting such coverage was harming dairy farmers and the dairy processing industry. Since then, we have continued to get emails and phone calls, albeit less often, questioning the inclusion of these “dairy wannabees” in our monthly issues and on our website. Considering that dairy alternatives are the stars of one of this month’s cover stories (our Outlook Report), I thought the time was right to restate our defense.

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