Marketing Goat Milk Products

 

Various goat milk products including fresh milk, milk powder, fermented, frozen, condensed and dehydrated milk, and goat milk skin care products are produced in many countries. The goat cheese segment dominates the global goat milk products market share and is expected to sustain its position over the next few years globally. But, there is high variation in nutritional, chemical and rheological compositions between and within goat products due to the multiplicity of manufacturing, localities, management, procedures and animals factors.

 

Key factors in successful marketing of  goats milk products are :

  • Growing Demand For Goat Cheese
  • High Prevalence Of Lactose Intolerant Population
  • Growing Number of Health-Conscious Consumers
  • Growing Demand from Emerging Economies
  • Internet Largely Shaping End-user Purchasing Behaviour
  • Higher Nutritional Benefits Over Other Milk Varieties
  • Increasing Demand For Goat Milk Infant Formula

 

According to research, the global goat milk products market has witness significant growth and demand during this period and is expected to grow over the next few years. North America is the second-largest goat milk products market with the US leading market in the region. The increasing number of lactose-intolerant people is fueling the demand in this region. The growing awareness via increased campaigns, advertisements, and digital marketing have also boost the sale of goat milk products. And the increased usage of nutrient-rich goat milk powder in infant formulas and the growing number of the lactose-intolerant population also contribute to the market further.

 

Goat cheese is the important revenue contributors to the global goat milk products market and expected over the next few years. Chevre or fresh goat cheese is particularly preferred by consumers globally, and it contributed approximately 38% to the global revenue in 2019. And the presence of several health benefits, including high protein, low fat, and cholesterol content, easy digestibility, and increased availability is primarily driving the goat cheese segment.

 

Goat milk has high protein content and is easily digestible compared to cow and breast milk, with the majority of the consumption being concentrated in China. The rising product availability, packaging, and promotion are further driving the growth. The high prevalence of lactose intolerance, especially among Asian consumers, is also driving the demand in the APAC region.

 

Marketing and distribution strategies are immensely influencing global consumption patterns. In terms of distribution channels, goat milk products are distributed via online and offline channels. While offline channels account for the majority revenue shares, specialty stores and online channels have witness the fastest growth during this period, and is expected over the next few years. Supermarkets and hypermarkets, convenience stores are the major offline distribution channels. Hence do not underestimate any one of the channels.

 

Online channels mainly include company websites and third-party e-vendors. The development of digital marketing, e-commerce platforms, internet penetration, and mass data management has paved the way for the growth of the online segment. In emerging economies, the e-commerce sector is playing a significant role in product penetration. The increasing internet penetration has contributed to the rising buying awareness and has majorly benefit commercial buyers as they have plenty of options to consider, such as cost, product features, brand reputation, and post-sale services.

 

Conclusion – It is imperative to implement all of  the above-mentioned marketing strategies and distribution channels, and keep consumers and  buyers constantly updated on the products to sustain incremental sales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dairy Goat Products

Summary

 

A variety of manufactured dairy products can be produced from goat milk, including cheese, fluid products (low fat, fortified, or flavored), fermented products such as cultured yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream and kefir, frozen products such as ice cream or frozen yogurt, butter, and condensed, packaged and powdered products.

 

Goat milk is quite similar to cow milk in its basic composition, the significance of goat milk and it’s products in human nutrition and well-being can never be underestimated. However, producing high quality raw milk is of utmost importance for successful production of dairy goat products because dairy goat products provides essential nutrients in human diet, as well as income sources for the survival of mankind in ecosystems of many parts of the world. And the contribution of dairy goat products are also greatly valued by those who have cow milk allergy and other nutritional diseases.

 

 

Cheese

Cheeses hold the greatest economic value among all manufactured goat milk products. According to the Agriculture Handbook of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are more then 400 varieties of goat cheese and lists more then 800 names of cheeses, many of which are made from goat milk or combination of goat milk with cow, buffalo or sheep milk.

 

The general procedures of cheeses manufacturing are:-

  • Preparation of goat milk
  • Standardizing the milk
  • Setting the temperature
  • Adding starter cultures
  • Adding rennet
  • Cutting curds
  • Cooking
  • Draining whey
  • Salting
  • Hooping
  • Pressing
  • Packaging
  • Aging

 

*Take Note: Soft cheese are made by natural draining without pressing.

 

Simple Soft Cheese Recipe

 

I have been experimenting exclusive Homemade recipes using unpasteurized goat milk, and the results are astonishing –  more suggestions and followers on social media platforms.

This is an easy handmade recipe that only requires half  gallon raw goat milk, the strained juice of 2 medium lemons, a thermometer capable of the 180-200°F range, some “cheesecloth” (many cotton cloths will work for draining), and some coarse salt,  like kosher or sea salt.

*Take note – This recipe will not work well with pasteurized milk.

 

Directions:

  • Heat raw goat milk on medium heat (in a stainless steel pot) to 185°F
  • Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice
  • Stir for several minutes until milk has curdled
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon of coarse salt (optional)
  • Pour milk through cheesecloth
  • Wrap curds in cheesecloth and hang (using a rubber band works well) in the refrigerator to drain
  • Drain for 4-8 hours, depending on how dry you want the curds
  • Scrape curds off cloth into bowl and stir

 

That is all there is to it!  You can use on toast, in salads, with pancakes or whatever you wish. Experiment using herbs (added at the end when you stir the cheese). For larger curds, heat the milk well into the 190’s before curdling. Experiment with curdling temperature and drying time to get the cheese that meets your needs. Happy experimenting !

 

 

 

Condensed,Packaged and Powdered Goat Milk

Today, Condensed, Packaged and Powdered Goat milk are manufactured and marketed in most part of the world besides the United States. Evaporation is usually done under reduced pressure, primarily to allow boiling at a lower temperature to prevent heat damage. Powdered products available include Whole milk, Skim milk, Whey and infant foods. Packaged products available include Skimmed, Whole and UHT milk.

 

Frozen Products.

Ice cream and frozen yogurt are manufactures from goat milk and cream. The popular flavor choice formulations of goat milk ice cream are Chocolate, Strawberry, French vanilla, Blueberries and Cream and combination with fruits or other ingredients.

Many varieties contain sugar although some are made with other sweeteners. In some cases, artificial flavorings and color is also used. This mixture is stirred slowly while cooling to prevent large ice crystals from forming. The result is a delicious and smoothly textured ice-cream.

 

Frozen Goat Yogurt Recipe

The homemade Frozen Goat Yogurt Recipe is creamy and delicious and with this frozen dessert, you can take an island vacation without leaving your yard. Adding coconut, pineapple and pecans give variety and flavor to this frozen dessert.

Want to learn how to make yogurt easily? And most importantly, be sure to allow sufficient time, up to one day for the yogurt to culture before you freeze it. The recipe is for a 4-quart freezer.

 

Ingredients

  • 6 cups goat milk yogurt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 can /13.5 oz. coconut milk
  • 1 can /15 oz. crushed pineapple – undrained
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • * Optional – 1/2 Tbsp. rum flavoring

 

Directions:

  • Heat the coconut milk in a sauce pan until steaming.
  • Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Let cool – you can refrigerate, or cool it more rapidly by setting the pan in a larger pan filled with ice water and stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the Yogurt and vanilla extract – and optional rum flavoring, and mix well.
  • Pour into ice cream freezer canister. Add the pineapple, coconut and pecans. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s directions.
  • Finally, sit back  relax  and enjoy that tropical breeze blowing through the coconut palms!

 

Nutritional facts

Per Serving (0.5 cup)  Frozen Goat Yogurt  contains 178 Calories; – Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 4g, Sodium 41mg, Carbohydrates 21g, Sugar 21g, Protein 10g.

 

Cultured Dairy Goat Products:

Cultured yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream and kefir are among the most common fermented dairy products, especially in the Western world. And they are my favorites cultured products.

 

Goat Milk Yogurt

Goat milk yogurt is one of the major cultured products. It may be made from  fresh, unpasteurized, goat milk that has been produced in a sanitary manner,  low-fat, skim or whole milk. Goat milk yogurt can be made in a similar manner to the cow counterpart. It is made essentially the same way as buttermilk, but a different combination of microorganisms is cultured at a higher incubation temperature. Goat milk yogurt is softer and less viscous and often lacks the typical flavor of cow yogurt.

The basic processing procedures of Goat Milk Yogurt include:-

 

  • Preparation of goat milk
  • Standardization (standardized to 1.0 – 1.7% fat)
  • Pasteurization (72 degree Celsius for 20 second)
  • Cool the pasteurized mix to 46.7 degree Celsius and hold in vat for up to  15 minutes.
  • Inoculation – 45 degree Celsius ( carefully introduce into warm milk or milk mixes 1.25% by weight of active Lactobacillus bulgaricus culture.
  • Packaging (set yogurt)
  • Incubation (permit filled containers to remain in room at 45 degree Celsius for 3 – 5 hours or until a firm, smooth gel has formed to pH4.5
  • Chilling (yogurt is chilled to 7.2 degree Celsius in less than 1 hour)
  • Storage and Distribution (store the containers of yogurt at 4.4 degree Celsius or lower, the shelf life at this temperature is 30 to 60 days).

Yogurt made from whole milk (3.25% fat), low fat milk (0.5 to 2.5% fat) or skim milk. Sour cream must contain 18% fat in most states.

 

How to make Yogurt from Raw Goat Milk?

 

Yes, you can make yogurt from raw goat milk as well.

However, I would not suggest store bought milk for this method. You must use fresh clean milk that you have just milked out of your healthy goat and following extremely good sanitary procedure because you are not going to be pasteurizing the milk,  and any harmful bacteria may gets in the milk.

 

Directions:

  1. Start with 3 1/2 Cup. clean fresh raw milk.
  2. Stir in  1/2 -1 Cup. powdered milk if desired to produce a nice thick curd. (or a specially formulated culture)
  3. Warm milk to 115 degrees by whichever method you desire to heat your milk.
  4. Pour the warm milk into your incubating jars, add a couple of heaping tablespoon of plain “live culture” yogurt or DVI culture, screw the lid on tight and shake well.
  5. Now it is time to incubate; Cooler/heating pad method. Use a larger cooler. Place the cooler in a place where it will be undisturbed. Place the jar with the yogurt milk in the cooler. Place a heating pad over the jar (loosely). Set the pad on high (some pad needs to be set on high, yours may differ) and place the lid on the cooler. Leave it undisturbed for about 6-8 hours. If this is the first time you use this method, put a thermometer in the cooler to see what the pad is heating the inside of the cooler up to. You want it to be at least 110 degrees and not more than 120 degrees. You may need to turn your pad to medium.

 

*There are various methods of incubation – Food dehydrator, Cooler/water method, Cooler/heating pad method, Commercial yogurt maker.

 

The Wonders of Yogurt:

Generally, yogurt contains live bacteria that helps to strengthen your immune system to fight diseases. It aids in stimulating the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria, discouraging and destroying harmful ones.

Yogurt can assist in restoring the digestive tract to its normal condition after a course of antibiotics, which are liable to destroy all intestinal bacteria, both good and bad.

And there is more; Yogurt not only provides you with internal benefits but also gives you other physical advantages. It is good for skin as it contains lactic acid which acts as an exfoliator that helps in getting rid of dead cells. Yogurt can also be used as a face pack for beautiful skin.

With all these benefits, some including myself  view it as “a wonder food”, therefore start taking your goat yogurt daily for good health!

 

Buttermilk

Most people assume buttermilk is high in fat, due to its name. Modern buttermilk is usually made from skim milk (less than 0.5% fat) using the by-product from churning butter out of sour cream.

 

Sour cream

Sour cream is made according to the same temperature and culture methods as used for buttermilk. The main difference is the starting material—sour cream starts with light 18 percent cream.

 

Kefir

Kefir is an acidic, slightly foamy product made from pasteurized and fat-standardized or decreamed goat milk that has passed through a combined acidic and alcoholic fermentation of symbiotic lactic acid bacteria and yeast kefir grains. The finished product Kefir, contains 0.6 to 0.8% lactic acid and 0.5 to 1.0% alcohol.

 

Acidophilus

Acidophilus milk can be made by the activity of L. acidophilus, which is capable of converting a greater proportion of the lactose to lactic acid (2%).

 

Other Cultured Goat Milk Products

Ghee is an Indian clarified butterfat product manufactured by fermenting whole milk into curd and churning out the butter, followed by heat clarification at 105 – 145 degree C.

Additionally, good goat milk products made in India include Chhana, Khoa and Paneer (a cheese). Chhana is an acid and heat-coagulated milk product and a chhana-based sweet is made by kneading chhana and cooking it in sugar syrup over medium heat. Khoa is a heat-desiccated indigenous goat milk product used for various sweets or candy.

 

How to Enjoy Dairy Goat Products?

 

A Few Quick Serving Ideas :

  • Next time you want a glass of milk, try goat milk instead.
  • Goat milk yogurt makes a wonderful base for savory dips. Simply mix in your favorite herbs and spices and serve with crudites.
  • Crumble some goat milk cheese on a salad of romaine lettuce, pears and pumpkin seeds.
  • Crumbled goat milk cheese is a wonderful rich topping for split pea soup.
  • Add extra taste and protein to a vegetable sandwich by including some goat cheese.
  • Soft, spreadable goat milk cheese is an exceptional accompaniment to crusty whole grain bread or crackers and fruit.
  • Top sliced tomatoes with crumpled goat milk cheese and fresh basil. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.

ENJOY!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goat Milk is More Beneficial to Health then Cow Milk.

 

On a global scale, goat milk is preferred to cow milk, with cultures around the world enjoying its sweet, slightly salty taste. In America, goats are more popular. Goats eat less and occupy less grazing space than cows, and in some families, including my family, the backyard goat supplies milk for family needs.

 

Goat milk is an excellent source of protein, riboflavin, potassium, calcium, tryptophan, and phosphorous.

 

Goat Milk vs Cow Milk

In comparison. Goat milk is easier to digest and absorb as it has softer and finer protein curd than cow milk, less likely to contain hormones and additives and less allergenic than cow milk. Allergy to cow milk has been found in many people with conditions such as recurrent ear infections, asthma, eczema, and even rheumatoid arthritis. Replacing cow milk with goat milk helps to reduce some of the symptoms of these conditions. A cup of goat milk provides 32.6% of the daily value for calcium along with 27.0% of the daily value for phosphorus, whereas, a cup of cow milk provides 29.7% of the daily value for calcium and 23.2% of the daily value for phosphorus. Moreover, goat milk naturally contains bio-active factors such as Nucleotides, Polyamines and Taurine which benefit gut and immune functions.

 

Cow milk contains around ten grams of fat per eight ounces compared to 8 to 9 grams in goat milk, and it is much easier to find low fat and non-fat varieties of cow milk than it is to purchase low-fat goat milk. Unlike cow milk, goat milk does not contain agglutinin. As a result, the fat globules in goat milk do not cluster together, making them easier to digest. Like cow milk, goat milk is low in essential fatty acids, because goats also have EFA-destroying bacteria in their ruminant stomachs. Yet, goat milk is reported to contain more of the essential fatty acids, known as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and arachnodonic acids, in addition to a higher proportion of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids which have been suggested as protective components in colon cancer besides easier for intestinal enzymes to digest.

 

Goat milk protein forms a softer curd which makes the protein more easily and rapidly digestible. Theoretically, this more rapid transit through the stomach could be an advantage to infants and children who regurgitate cow milk easily. Goat milk also have advantages when it comes to allergies. Goat milk contains only trace amounts of an allergenic casein protein, alpha-S1, found in cow milk. Goat milk casein is more similar to human milk but, cow milk and goat milk contain similar levels of the other allergenic protein, beta lactoglobulin. Generally,  mothers are more sensitive to children reactions. Some mothers are certain that their child tolerates goat milk better than cow milk. However, if your baby is under one year of age and allergic to cow milk-based formulas, consult your doctor or a pediatric nutritionist for best alternative.

 

Goat milk, like cow milk, contains the milk sugar, lactose, and may produce adverse reactions in lactose-intolerant individuals. Goat milk is lower in lactose than cow milk, with 4.1% milk solids as lactose versus 4.7% in cow milk, which is an advantage to lactose-intolerant persons.

 

Goat milk is alkaline, while cow milk is slightly acidic. Alkaline diets result in a more alkaline urine pH. It has been suggested that an alkaline diet may prevent a number of diseases and result in significant health benefits, including cardiovascular, neurological, and muscular.

 

Nutrition: RDI  based on data from the USDA

A quick Comparison.

Vitamin/Mineral Cow Milk (% RDI) Goat Milk (% RDI)
Calcium 29.7 % 33 %
Vitamin B2 26 % 20 %
Vitamin D 24 % 7 %
Phosphorus 23.2 % 27 %
Vitamin B12 18 % 3 %
Selenium 13 % 5 %
Potassium 10 % 14 %
Vitamin B5 9 % 8 %
Zinc 7 % 5 %
Vitamin B1 7 % 8 %
Magnesium 6 % 9 %
Vitamin A 5 % 10 %
Vitamin B6 4 % 6 %
Sodium 4 % 5 %
Folate 3 % 1 %
Vitamin E 1% 1 %
Vitamin K 1 % 1 %
Copper 1 % 6 %
Vitamin B3 1 % 3 %
Vitamin C Trace 5 %
Manganese Trace 2 %
Iron Trace 1 %