US dairy cooperative United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA) will join forces with FrieslandCampina to bring lactoferrin to the market.
The partnership has a capacity to produce 10 tons of lactoferrin per year and both companies see this as an opportunity for further collaboration.
Lactoferrin is a naturally occurring iron-binding protein found in milk that is known for its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and immunological properties.
“Partnering with FrieslandCampina has been an honour for our cooperative,” said Keith Murfield, CEO of UDA. “The fact that they’ve chosen Arizona milk to contribute to their global lactoferrin business is very exciting.
“We are very proud of our farmers for their commitment to animal care, without which we wouldn’t get such high-quality milk.”
Kathy Fortmann, president of FrieslandCampina Ingredients, added: “We are excited about the new partnership because of the common values, history and structure of our companies, and it fits our strategic ambitions on lactoferrin.
“Our technology and extensive experience, combined with the high-quality milk of UDA, will ensure a product that meets global quality and regulatory requirements for early life nutrition.”
FrieslandCampina expects to announce further lactoferrin capacity expansion plans soon.
Earlier this year, FrieslandCampina launched a new structure that incorporates its four individual operating companies.
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