Arla Foods Ingredients introduces a fermented beverage concept in Latin America that aims to utilize upcycled whey to address dairy companies' waste issues

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March 20, 2024 (press release) –

Arla Foods Ingredients introduced a fermented beverage concept utilizing upcycled whey to address dairy companies' waste issues. The beverage, containing Nutrilac whey proteins, offers up to 8% protein content and can be produced with minimal investment. Over 50% of Latin American consumers have altered their behaviors due to environmental concerns, with 44% stopping purchases due to environmental impact.

Key Highlights:

* More than 50% of consumers in Latin America have changed their behaviors due to environmental concerns

* The beverage contains Nutrilac whey proteins with up to 8% protein content

* The beverage can be produced in standard yogurt lines with minimal investment

Original Press Release:

March 19 -- Arla Foods Ingredients issued the following news release:

Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a fermented beverage concept that demonstrates how dairy companies can reduce waste and increase yield by reusing whey.

Raw material waste is a big problem for dairy companies. After processing, many are left with a high amount of whey byproducts, which can cause environmental damage if disposed of with wastewater.

Meanwhile, sustainability is increasingly in focus in Latin America . More than 50% of consumers in the region say they have changed their behavior due to environmental concerns, a number that is expected to reach 70% by 2025. More than 4 in 10 (44%) say they have already stopped buying products because of their impact on the environment. [1]

Now, Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a fermented drink concept based on reused (upcycled) sour or sweet whey. It also contains Nutrilac ® whey proteins, which provide a light texture and refreshing taste, as well as a protein content of up to 8%, meaning a 200 ml bottle contains 16 g of protein.

Nutrilac ® also offers greater thermostability than MPC (milk protein concentrate) and WPC (whey protein concentrate). This makes it possible to develop low viscosity creamy drinks without sedimentation and a gritty or dry sensation in the mouth. Low in fat and without added sugar, the drink can be produced on standard yogurt lines with minimal investment.

Ignacio Estevez , Application Manager, South America at Arla Foods Ingredients , said: “Consumers hate the idea of ​​waste, especially if it is harmful to the environment. As a reflection of this, we are starting to see more and more products that use reused ingredients and that have this information on the packaging. Getting value from whey is a significant challenge in dairy production, but as demonstrated by this concept, it is something that can be used to create popular new products that appeal to both sustainability-conscious and protein-focused consumers. The fact that it can be produced easily and with minimal investment is an additional incentive to innovate.”

Arla Foods Ingredients presents the new concept in a series of videos in Portuguese and Spanish. They highlight their benefits from sustainability, development, regulatory and consumer trends perspectives, and can be viewed at and .

About Arla Foods Ingredients

Arla Foods Ingredients is the global leader in improving premium nutrition. Together with our customers, research partners, suppliers, NGOs and others, we discover and deliver documented ingredients and products to advance lifelong nutrition, benefiting consumers around the world.

We work with leading global brands in child nutrition, clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, health foods and other foods and beverages.


[1] Kantar , November 2023

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