Issue 38

China warms up to nutritional whey proteins

Third nutrition seminar in Beijing draws many Chinese manufacturers and health officials

Some 80 food industry representatives and nutrition experts from the Chinese ministry of health were in attendance when Arla Foods Ingredients hosted its third annual nutrition seminar in Beijing. Offering a packed day of insights into the latest dairy nutrition research, this year’s event covered whey protein hydrolysates and bioactive lipids and proteins for infant nutrition, sports nutrition and functional foods. A number of internationally known scientists joined the Arla Foods Ingredients team on the podium. 

Sharing the latest research
In addition to its knowledge-sharing role, the seminar contributes to the constructive dialogue with Chinese nutrition experts that lays the foundations for future ingredient approvals. “The fact that we are able to present new research results means a lot for the approval process. It also shows customers that we work seriously with nutritional dairy-based solutions,” says Jesper Villadsen, who, as nutrition project manager, has overall responsibility for the seminar.

Potential for growth
Once again, the seminar highlighted the growing interest in dairy-based ingredients on the Chinese market. Asia business development manager Vivian Kjær Jensen, who presented a series of solutions for sports nutrition and functional foods, looks forward to exploring the potential. 

“Sports nutrition is not yet as popular in Asia as it is in Europe and the USA. But, with fitness centres starting to boom in Japan and Korea, we expect China to follow the trend,” she says.  

The key solutions presented at the seminar were Lacprodan® MFGM-10 milk fat globular membrane for infant nutrition; the new generation whey protein concentrate Lacprodan ® DI-7017 for clinical nutrition; phospholipid-rich Lacprodan® PL-20 for cognitive performance; and the whey protein hydrolysate Lacprodan® 3065 for sports nutrition.