Volac International of the UK and Dutch group D.O.C Kaas are to form a new joint venture company which will use cutting edge technology to process whey.
The two companies announced last week that they would build a new production plant at Hoogeveen in the Netherlands which would be used to supply whey products for the international health food and animal feed ingredients markets.
"The demand for innovative whey proteins for the food and feed ingredients markets has developed significantly in recent years and this trend is expected to continue in the future," said James Neville, operations director for Volac International.
"The new plant has been designed to produce highly concentrated tailored whey proteins via state-of-the-art technology to meet the needs of an evolving nutritional market."
Jannes Oosterveld, managing director of D.O.C. Kaas, added: "The new plant takes advantage of the latest technologies which can be used to add value to liquid whey. We plan to complete the building of the plant by early 2004 when it will become one of the largest, efficient and innovative whey processing plants in Europe."
D.O.C. Kaas is an independent Dutch co-op focused on producing quality Dutch cheeses according to specific customer requirements. Volac International is a specialist food and feed ingredients business based in Cambridge.