The innovative potential of high-protein dairy drinks
The beverage category has never been more innovative than today. From being simple thirst quenchers, beverages have evolved into lifestyle products that satisfy many more consumer needs. At Arla Food Ingredients, we have a whole range of ingredient solutions to help you make the most of the growing beverage market.
Our Nutrilac® and Lacprodan® solutions for beverages consist of natural, high-quality whey protein derived from milk – and are specially designed for protein enrichment of many types of beverage.
Our proteins overcome potential issues of protein enrichment, including an undesirable protein taste, graininess and processing challenges. It is up to you to define the viscosity, creaminess and appearance you want in your beverage.
High protein is one of today’s big trends. New developments target everything from meal replacements and on-the-go snacks to sports recovery, clinical nutrition and drinks that support muscle maintenance in seniors.
At Arla Foods Ingredients, we can help you overcome the taste and texture challenges that arise when introducing a high level of protein to your beverage formulation. We have solutions that work in milk and water-based beverages and which are tolerant of pasteurisation and UHT processes.
Clear protein beverages
More consumers want to be able to exercise longer and more often. What they need is a fast, energising snack that speeds up muscle recovery and growth.
When it comes to satiety and muscle mass development, whey protein isolate and hydrolysates are a superior source of nutrition. That’s why we developed concepts for high-protein clear beverages, using 100% whey protein isolate or whey protein hydrolysate as the protein source. The result is a crystal-clear, high-protein beverage with extremely low viscosity.
Whey and juice infusion
Juices and nectars are fusing increasingly with dairy to create a new beverage category that gives busy consumers a refreshing boost. Our solutions help you cover the whole spectrum of milk-juice combinations, including children’s juices with 3.5% whey protein and high-protein meal replacement shakes/smoothies with a protein content of up to 8%, ideal for convenient, on-the-go snacks.
There is huge scope for innovation in the dairy drinks category. New product development currently focuses on health, new taste options, light sports nutrition and convenience – offering opportunities for meal replacement and on-the-go solutions.