Finnish dairy manufacturer Valio has partnered with Palmer Holland for the distribution of lactose free milk powders to the US market.
The deal, which will see the distribution of Valio Eila lactose free milk powders, reportedly marks an important opening for both partners in bringing new value-added dairy ingredients to the US market.
According to Valio, around 70% of the world’s population suffers from lactose intolerance with awareness around the digestive problem increasing.
Bret Horace, business director of health and nutrition, Palmer Holland, said: “Our new commercial partnership with Valio strengthens our cornerstone of ‘Natural Nutrition’ specialty solutions for our customer base and provides them with a truly unique ingredient option.
“In addition to being lactose-free, the Valio Eila milk powders offer protein enhancement as well as reductions in sugars and carbohydrates, so the health and wellness contribution of the final products are significantly enhanced.
“The lactose-free market in the US continues to expand and innovate, offering consumers additional options across several segments. Valio’s global presence, strength of scale and commitment to quality make them the ideal partner for our customers and us.”
With headquarters in Ohio, Palmer Holland is a specialty chemical and ingredient distributor of raw materials for across the US. Its partners are rooted in the areas of agriculture, CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers), health and nutrition, lubricants and plastics.
“We are happy to find a partner who sees the value in innovation and high-quality products,” Timo Pajari, SVP at Valio international sales.
Pajari added: “Palmer Holland has great experience in serving the needs of the food industry and creating value for food businesses in USA. This partnership fits perfectly into our ambition of serving customers even better with a portfolio of clean-label, sustainable and on-trend food solutions.”
Earlier this year, Valio partnered with VTT and the University of Helsinki to launch a new accelerator programme in Finland for start-ups in the agrifood industry.
© FoodBev Media Ltd 2019