Articles by Sharon Gerdes
October 13, 2013
Americans are on the go. There is an opportunity for processors to develop dairy-protein-fortified snacks and beverages that can be eaten away from the dining room table.
Concentrated milk or whey protein ingredients are often added to cultured dairy beverages to boost the protein level and to contribute to viscosity and mouthfeel.
August 18, 2013
Greek introductions continue to dominate growth in the yogurt category, but the other cultured segment to watch is drinkable yogurt. Volume sales in 2012 were 211 million pints and the latest IRI data for 2013 showed yogurt drinks experiencing double-digit growth in the United States.Read More
State-of-the-art filtration, evaporation and drying equipment are producing new protein-based dairy ingredients used in beverages, baked goods and dairy foods.
March 14, 2013
Dairy continues to be the ingredient of choice in many food products because of its high-quality protein, excellent flavor profile and unique functionality in a wide variety of applications. Domestic dairy suppliers are proving to be both consistent global suppliers for basic dairy ingredients and diligent innovators of new ingredients.Read More
There is a new method for measuring protein quality. It is more scientifically valid because it more accurately reflects the ability of the body to utilize essential amino acids.
January 18, 2013
For nearly 20 years, the world had accepted the PDCAAS (Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score) as the gold standard for measuring protein quality. The dairy industry has long argued that this method has flaws and limitations.Read More
The most popular ingredients used to fortify milk-based beverages are probiotics/prebiotics, plant sterols and calcium.
October 9, 2012
Start with something healthy, and then make it better. That’s the basic recipe for creating a value-added milk-based beverage. Traditionally, the three largest and most active claims about dairy beverages regarded digestive/gut health, heart/cardiovascular health and bone health. But, in recent years, the market has seen many novel dairy beverages that tout energy, immune health, weight control, satiety, anti-aging, skin health, beauty, eye health, joint health, mental acuity and concentration.Read More
Americans are trying to add more protein to their diets. One way is with beverages. Selecting the appropriate sweetener for a protein beverage can be challenging.
August 16, 2012
Protein is hot. According to a recent survey by the U.S. Dairy Export Council, Arlington, Va., 54% of U.S. consumers say they are trying to get more protein in their diet. One way for consumers to boost the protein content of their diet is via protein drinks. Whether they are high-acid or low-acid, chocolate or vanilla, fruit-flavored or coffee-based, virtually all protein drinks contain a sweetener.Read More
Reducing sodium levels will require masking agents and metallic/bitter blockers to eliminate the off-flavors caused by potassium-based salt substitutes.
March 13, 2012
High levels of dietary sodium can increase blood pressure. But the health consequences of population-wide sodium reduction are still the subject of some debate. Americans consume on average 3,400 milligrams of sodium daily.Read More
January 13, 2012
The first baby boomers turned 65 in 2011. As more of the boomer generation reaches retirement age, the number of consumers 65-plus in the United States will burgeon from 40 million in 2010 to 72 million in 2030. Similar statistics can be seen around the world, with the highest percentages of seniors in Japan and Western Europe, and the highest population of seniors in China, whose citizenry swelled to 132 million people age 65-plus in 2011.Read More
January 1, 2011
Over the past 10 years, refrigerated yogurt has had a remarkable combined annual growth rate averaging around 30% and nearly 40 million new users.Read More
October 1, 2010
The time to prepare for a crisis is before it happens. The lessons of the last few years have been vivid – melamine in milk powder, salmonella in peanut butter, E. Coli in spinach and millions of barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.Read More