How Much Does Almond Milk Cost?

Last Updated on February 16, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Almond milk has become an increasingly popular plant-based milk alternative, but how much does it actually cost compared to regular dairy milk? This in-depth guide examines almond milk prices, factors that impact cost, tips for saving money, and environmental considerations when buying almond milk.

Read on to learn the key things to know about purchasing this nutritious dairy-free beverage on a budget.

Almond milk sales have skyrocketed in recent years as more people seek out plant-based, dairy-free options. Once a niche product, almond milk is now mainstream and can be found at most major grocery chains.


  • Almond milk prices typically range from $2 to $6 per half-gallon on average, influenced by factors like organic certification, brand, added flavors, and package size.
  • National brand almond milk costs 2-3 times more than conventional cow’s dairy milk. But prices have fallen over time.
  • Consumers pay a premium for almond milk nutrition like vitamin E, calcium, and its dairy/lactose-free, plant-based qualities.
  • Being an informed shopper can help save up to $1 per container by buying store brands, larger sizes, opting for shelf-stable, using coupons and sales, and making it yourself.
  • Consider environmental impacts and ethical almond farming practices when choosing a brand.

How Much Does Almond Milk Cost?

But the growing popularity of almond milk means there is also wider variation in prices across brands, package sizes, and types (organic, flavored, etc.). On average, a half-gallon (64oz) of almond milk costs between $2.50 to $3.50, while a 32oz carton costs around $2.50 to $4. Organic and specialty options run closer to $5 to $6 per half-gallon.

At WebstaurantStore, the Pacific Foods Barista Series Almond Milk 32 fl. oz. – 12/Case is $39.30/Case.

At Elmhurst 1925, Unsweetened Milked Almonds™ is priced at $5.99 for a 32 oz carton.

Factors That Determine Almond Milk’s Price Range

Several key factors impact the retail price of almond milk, leading to the broad price range of $2 to $6:

Organic vs. Conventional

USDA certified organic almond milk is generally 20-30% more expensive than conventional almond milk. Organic milk is made from almonds grown without synthetic pesticides and herbicides. It also does not contain GMOs.


The brand of almond milk plays a role in pricing. Store brands like Whole Foods 365 and Trader Joe’s almond milk tend to cost least, often $2 to $3 per half gallon. Major national brands like Silk and Almond Breeze sit in the middle around $3 to $4, while premium brands like Califia Farms can cost up to $6 per half gallon.

Added Ingredients

Plain, unsweetened almond milk is generally the most affordable option for those wanting to limit added sugars and flavors. Almond milk with vanilla, chocolate, or other flavorings tends to cost $0.50 to $1 more per container. Sweetened varieties also come at a premium.

Package Size

Buying almond milk in larger containers usually saves money per ounce compared to smaller sizes. A 64oz half-gallon is often the best value, followed by 32oz quarts. Individual 8oz cartons meant for grab-and-go tend to be the most expensive per ounce.

Geographic Region

Grocery prices vary by region, impacting almond milk costs. Prices on the coasts tend to be higher than the Midwest or South. Buying local almond milk can save money compared to national brands shipped long distances.

Almond Milk vs Dairy Milk Prices

Almond milk generally costs 2-3 times more than cow’s milk – a premium price for its non-dairy, plant-based nutrition. A February 2024 analysis found:

  • Half-gallon almond milk national average price: $3.25
  • Half-gallon cow’s milk national average price: $1.00 to $2.00

However, almond milk prices have come down over the past decade while cow’s milk prices have risen. And there are more ways to save on almond milk, such as buying store brands.

You might also like our articles about the cost of cereal, unsalted butter, or oatmeal.

Health Benefits and Nutrition Profile of Almond Milk

how to make almond milkWhat do you get from paying a bit more for almond milk versus cow’s dairy? Almond milk offers a host of nutritional perks:

  • Naturally lactose-free – unlike dairy, almond milk has no lactose, making it safe for those with lactose intolerance
  • Low in calories and fat – just 60 calories and 2.5g fat per cup, providing a low-cal nutrition boost
  • Rich in vitamin E – contains up to 50% of your Daily Value per cup
  • High in calcium – fortified varieties offer 30% DV calcium to support bones
  • Plant-based protein – delivers about 1g protein per cup
  • Heart healthy – almonds contain healthy unsaturated fats that support heart health

Many people find almond milk is easier to digest than cow’s milk, in addition to being vegan and dairy/lactose-free. Those benefits often make the extra cost worthwhile for consumers seeking a plant-centric diet.

Tips for Saving Money on Almond Milk

Luckily there are many ways to enjoy almond milk affordably by being a savvy shopper:

  • Buy store brands – opt for Whole Foods 365, Trader Joe’s, Costco’s Kirkland, or other store brands to save up to $1 per container compared to national brands
  • Choose shelf-stable over refrigerated – shelf-stable almond milk keeps for months unopened on pantry shelves, letting you stock up when on sale
  • Purchase in bulk – buy larger containers, like half-gallons or 96oz packs, to get more almond milk for your dollar
  • Look for sales and coupons – clip coupons or watch for 10-20% off sales to lower almond milk prices
  • Join store membership programs – take advantage of lower membership prices at stores like Costco or Sam’s Club
  • Subscribe and save – use recurring delivery subscriptions to save 5-10% on brands like Silk and Califia Farms
  • Price match policies – ask stores to match a lower advertised almond milk price you’ve seen elsewhere
  • Make your own – DIY almond milk can cost just $0.50 to $1 per quart when buying almonds in bulk

Environmental Impact and Ethics of Almond Milk

Of course, food prices represent more than just dollars and cents. There are also environmental considerations when choosing dairy milk alternatives like almond milk:

  • Water usage – it takes more water to grow almonds than produce dairy milk. But almond farmers are taking steps to use water more efficiently.
  • Almond farming labor issues – some almond growers have faced criticism over labor practices. Opting for brands that source sustainably grown and ethically harvested almonds supports fair labor practices.
  • Food miles – buying local almond milk saves fuel associated with cross-country shipping. But refrigerated transport also consumes energy.

Overall, almond milk remains a more eco-friendly option than dairy milk for those concerned about sustainability. But thoughtful choices matter when purchasing plant-based beverages.

Final Words

The plant-based milk boom means almond milk availability and affordability will likely keep improving. Drinking almond milk can be budget-friendly when you shop smart and take advantage of deals. Enjoy all the benefits of almond milk on a budget with these savvy shopping tips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is almond milk cheaper than milk?

Generally no, almond milk tends to cost 2-3 times more than regular cow’s dairy milk. As a newer plant-based product, almond milk comes at a premium price to dairy milk. But with the right shopping strategies, you can find deals on almond milk close to dairy milk prices.

Is almond milk really worth it?

Almond milk is worth the higher cost for many consumers seeking to cut dairy, get added nutrition like vitamin E and calcium, and enjoy the light almond taste. The price premium delivers lactose-free, vegan nutrition with sustainability benefits versus dairy. Buying store brands and when on sale makes almond milk very worth it.

Is it OK to drink almond milk daily?

Yes, for most people almond milk is safe to drink daily as part of a healthy diet. Almond milk provides a nutritional boost including calcium, vitamin E, and antioxidant benefits from almonds. The main considerations are vitamin D and protein content, so choose fortified varieties and/or supplement with other protein sources like legumes. Moderation is key, like with any food.

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