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Arla Foods Ingredients introduces new fermented beverage concept to reduce waste
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21 March 2024

Arla Foods Ingredients introduces new fermented beverage concept to reduce waste

Arla Foods Ingredients has introduced a new fermented beverage concept aimed at reducing waste and increasing yield in dairies by upcycling whey. The beverage, made from upcycled acid or sweet whey, boasts a high protein content of up to 8%. It also contains Nutrilac whey proteins, which provide "a light texture and refreshing taste," said the company. In addition, Nutrilac whey proteins provide "superior heat stability" to standard milk or whey protein concentrates, enabling the development of creamy low-viscosity beverages "without sedimentation, sandiness or dry mouthfeel". With low-fat content and no added sugar, the beverage can be produced on standard yogurt lines with minimal investment, offering a cost-effective solution for dairy producers. Ignacio Estevez, application manager, South America at Arla Foods Ingredients, said: “Consumers hate the idea of waste, especially if it’s environmentally harmful. Reflecting this, we’re starting to see more and more products that make use of upcycled ingredients and communicate it on their packaging." "Getting value out of whey is a significant challenge in dairy production but, as this concept demonstrates, it can be used to create on-trend new products that appeal to both sustainability-conscious and protein-focused consumers. The fact that it can be produced easily and with minimal investment provides an additional incentive to innovate.”

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