Protein maker extends dairy commitment with solid launch

By Neil Merrett

- Last updated on GMT

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Protein manufacturer Proliant continues to push ahead with its re-entry into the dairy sector through the global launch of a new ingredient it says can provide added value in food formulation, whilst cutting costs compared to other dairy solids.

The group claims that in commencing full scale manufacture of its new Versilac dairy solid, it can offer formulators an alternative ingredient to whey and some milk powders that can reduce fat, sodium and sugar without compromising taste.

After announcing last February that, folowing a four year absence, the group would be re-entering the dairy ingredients market with construction of a whey-based permeate plant in the US, Proliant says it is now considering further launches in its new range.

Chris Snyder, chief executive officer for the company, told that the ingredient, which it says can be used to replace carbohydrates or sweeteners in dairy, confectionery and beverage products, may be extended to new product lines and ranges in the future.

“VersiLac uniqueness and versatility allow us to market both as a cost-saving solution as well as a value-adding ingredient,”​ stated Snyder.

Value aims

While not detailing specific functionality in the ingredient, Snyder added that the minimal sweetness of the product made it particularly useful for products requiring high levels of solids without being overtly sweet. He claimed that Versilac, unlike other sweeteners, also contains nutrients like calcium and potassium.

In terms of dairy formulations such as ice creams, processed cheese and sauces, the ingredient can offer benefits such as improved emulsification and opacity in reduced fat products, according to the company.

When used in finished products, Proliant says the ingredient can be labelled on products as dairy product solids, modified whey, or reduced protein whey.

Global push

Under manufacture at Proliant’s permeate plant in Melrose, Minnesota, which came into operation last September, Snyder says the company will be able to meet both domestic and international demand for the ingredient.

“We have already rolled out VersiLac globally,”​ he stated. “In fact, our first purchase order was for an export market.”

Snyder stressed that, while the ingredient had already been approved to be imported in a number of markets, global availability for any additional product lines or extensions of the range would not come immediately.

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