Issue 43

New chair for whey protein research partnership

Arla Foods Ingredients is helping to set the agenda for international scientific studies. New chair of the Whey Protein Research Consortium (WPRC) is Cheryl Reid, regional sales manager for Arla Foods Ingredients in North America.

An international partnership of dairy cooperatives, associations, processors and multinational companies, the WPRC supports and drives scientific studies of whey protein’s contribution to health and wellness. Initial studies have documented benefits for weight management and lean body mass.The aim is to raise awareness of whey protein quality and create new science-based marketing opportunities.

“The consortium is a collective voice for the whey protein industry and works on clinical studies that many individual companies cannot afford,” says Cheryl Reid.

She has worked in the dairy industry for 25 years and been active within the WPRC since its founding 10 years ago – most recently as a member of the steering committee.

In her new position as chair, she is responsible for leading the twice-yearly meetings, liaising with member organisations and ensuring the various WPRC committees are on target to reach their goals.“Whey protein is an increasingly sought-after component. The WPRC has helped lift it out of the body-building world and bring it to the average consumer,” she says.
Cheryl Reid replaces retiring chairperson Robert Beausire.