Blue River is the world’s first sheep milk infant formula company and the leading trend in high-end infant formula, utilising naturally produced sheep milk. Sheep milk accounts for only 1% of the world’s milk production, making it a rare and valued commodity.
“Blue River is a global pioneer in sheep milk infant formula…sheep milk is a promising market for infants, with research showing digestion benefits for children,” said World Dairy Innovation Awards 2021 judge, Marcelo Pereira de Carvalho, CEO of AgriPoint – Brazil’s largest dairy board of experts.
He added: “Blue River is a vivid example of the evolving Chinese dairy sector, encompassing important drivers such as health, science and marketing, and the World Dairy Innovation Awards is proof of these achievements”.
Blue River was a finalist in the ‘best infant nutrition’ category of the 2021 World Dairy Innovation Awards. To celebrate this momentous occasion, FoodBev Media interviewed Blue River to showcase the company’s considerable achievements and innovation in the dairy industry.
“One of the biggest trends in dairy today is ‘beyond tradition,’ with China at the forefront,” Richard Hall, chairman of FoodBev, commented. “I was particularly pleased to see [sheep milk infant formula] recognised in the 2021 World Dairy Innovation Awards, where Blue River was successful in being selected as a finalist.”
Blue River has become the no1 sheep milk brand in China in terms of innovation and sales volume. Additionally, the company has been recognised internationally and has successfully managed approximately 70% of the world’s sheep whey resources, strategically handling New Zealand and Italy’s high-quality milk source, which provides Blue River with the capacity to cultivate greater dairy products for the future.
Blue River prides itself on delivering the finest product to the public. To achieve this, the company has partnered with top nutritional societies and universities in New Zealand, Italy and China to establish a research centre and attain a leading formula to safely support the growth and development of all infants.
From this extensive research, Blue River discovered that sheep milk behaves similarly to breast milk making it more acceptable to the human digestive system. Sheep milk is rich in several natural nutrients that are not found in cow and goat milk, such as eight times more lactoferrin – which has antibacterial properties – 1.5 times more calcium, and contains smaller fat globules that assist digestion.
Blue River’s sheep milk contains naturally occurring A2 beta-casein, and unlike cow or goat milk, does not contain any A1 proteins, which can cause digestive discomfort. The strengthened formula includes additional nutrients including DHA, choline and lutein, scientifically proven to accelerate brain and eye function.
Blue River has the scope to create further ground-breaking dairy products, with enormous potential to keep growing and innovating in the future.
For more information, please visit the Blue River website.
© FoodBev Media Ltd 2022
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