US-based The Planting Hope Company Inc. (Planting) has started to distribute its Hope and Sesame sesame milk in Hong Kong and Macau through a partnership with Alarcon Enterprise Limited.
Hope and Sesame sesame milk has recently won Best Plant Milk Award at the recent LOHAS Natural, Organic, and Green Living Expo in February.
Julia Stamberger, Co-Founder and CEO of Planting Hope said, “We are thrilled to take the first step to expanding Hope and Sesame™ Sesame milk into Asia with Alarcon. We have received strong interest in sesame milk from the Asian market, a very large market for plant milk given high percentage of dairy intolerance across the population, where sesame is important in the cuisine and culture. Hope and Sesame™ Sesamemilk has comparable nutrition to dairy milk and soy milk, but unlike soy, sesame is not a GMO crop. With its rich creamy texture and pleasant taste of ‘fresh sesame,’ Hope and Sesame™ Sesamemilk is poised to succeed in the Asian market.”
According to Transparency Market Research, the dairy alternative market in APAC is expected to reach US$20 billion by 2031, and growing at a CAGR of 10.7%.
According to Planting, sesame milk has a comparable nutritional profile to dairy milk, with 8g of complete plant-based protein per serving and is an excellent source of Vitamin D and a good source of calcium. Sesame is extremely planet-friendly to farm, thriving in dry conditions with few inputs including a limited amount of water; sesame is naturally pest-resistant, self-pollinates, and is an excellent cover crop.
Hope and Sesame™ Sesamemilk, which uses the ultra-nutritious pulp from sesame oil production as a core ingredient, has recently received Upcycled Certification from the Upcycled Food Association. Upcycling is a rapidly growing area of sustainability interest for Asian customers.