USA – Finnish dairy and food company, Valio has joined forces with North American specialty chemical and ingredient distributor, Palmer Holland for the distribution of lactose free milk powders in the United States.

The companies said that the partnership is an important opening for both partners in bringing new value-added dairy ingredients to the USA market.

“We are happy to find a partner who sees the value in innovation and high-quality products,” commented Timo Pajari, SVP, Valio International Sales.

“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.”

Valio, which claims that its dairy ingredients are designed to fulfil market demand for health requirements, said that the solutions, expertise and ingredients can be used in various applications from special nutrition to confectionery and dairy.

While it is estimated that around 70% of the world’s population suffers from lactose intolerance, the increasing awareness of digestive wellness and lactose intolerance is pushing people to look for ways to adjust their diet.

The Finnish dairy opines that there is a rapidly growing demand for healthy and great tasting lactose free products. To meet the rising demand, Valio has developed a patented technology which makes Valio Eila lactose free milk powders.

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. 

Commenting on the partnership, Bret Horace, Business Director – 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.  

“The lactose-free market in the United States 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!”