ARGENTINA – Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a whey protein ingredient allows manufacturers to develop spoonable and drinkable yogurts with a “significantly higher” protein content than typical products. 

 According to a statement from the company, the newly released Nutrilac FO-7875 helps meet the growing demand for premium, high-protein yogurts in the South American market and beyond.  

The company said that the new whey product can be used to create a drinking yogurt with 11 percent protein and only 0.8 percent fat, whereas drinking yogurts generally range from 5 to 9 percent protein. 

It is also highly functional, delivering a creamy and smooth texture – even in low-fat recipes – and does not increase viscosity. Furthermore, it does not require the addition of stabilizers, thus allowing cleaner labels. 

South America is the target market for Arla’s new product with production being based in Argentina, making it easier for producers in the region to access the ingredient and expand their lines to include premium products.  

“Nutrilac FO-7875 meets a range of market needs. It can be used to create clean-label yogurts that are not only rich in high-quality protein, but also low in fat, as well as smooth and creamy,” says Ignacio Estevez, application manager, South America at Arla Foods Ingredients.  

“We’re particularly excited about the unprecedented opportunities it offers in South American markets, where manufacturers will benefit from reduced transit time and no import fees.” 

Arla Foods Ingredients expects the global market for high-protein yogurt products to grow at a CAGR of over 8 percent to 2030. 

Future markets on the other hands expected the market for spoonful high protein yogurt which was valued at US$26,612.3 Mn in 2020 to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% to reach US$58,436.5 Mn by 2030. 

Higher demand for protein-rich foods comes as sports nutrition moves into the mainstream with traditionally indulgent categories, such as ice cream, are taking on high-protein claims to create better-for-you positionings.  

Arla Foods Ingredients has also spotlighted protein-fortified iced tea as an emerging beverage where tea’s natural healthy image is combined with the benefits of a full amino acid profile. 

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