The dairy industry needs to fortify more foods with this vitamin, and promote its inclusion. Otherwise, other food categories or supplements will emerge as the preferred delivery vehicle for this important nutrient.
Grassland Dairy Products was one of the U.S. companies that exhibited Food Ingredients Asia. The region is just getting started in the higher-protein sports nutrition and meal replacement markets, said a sales manager for the dairy processor.
Many ready-to-drink beverages containing dairy protein are shelf-stable. The heat treatment (up to 253 degrees) puts dairy proteins to the test. Keep in mind that the heat stability of caseins and whey proteins are very different.
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.
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.