Functional Ingredient Suppliers

Dairy processors looking to bolster the health benefits of their products will find no shortage of functional ingredients. Listed below are just some of the companies that currently offer such ingredients to the dairy sector.
Archer Daniels Midland Co.,
Decatur, Ill.,
(800) 510-2178
ADM’s soluble fiber, soy protein and other ingredients enhance the nutritional value of dairy products. Its NutriSoy® organic whole-bean powder is manufactured through a process that eliminates the causes of soy off-flavors. The process also ensures the protein, okara, isoflavones, phytosterols, probiotic sugars and oil remain in their naturally occurring forms.
Cargill Health & Food Technologies,
(866) 456-8872
Cargill manufacturers a range of functional ingredients for a variety of applications, including dairy foods and beverages. The company offers AdvantaSoy™ soy isoflavone concentrates and cholesterol-lowering CoroWise™ phytosterols and phytosterol esters. Its Oliggo-Fiber™ inulin is a prebiotic that provides soluble fiber and might help boost calcium absorption.
Chr. Hansen Inc.,
Milwaukee, (414)
Chr. Hansen’s Nu-trish® probiotic culture range includes Probio-Tec®, Yo-Fast and other cultures. The Probio-Tec cultures are the company’s high-end probiotics, while the Yo-Fast culture blends feature probiotic strains with generic health benefits and the capacity for fast fermentation. Other Nu-trish products supply single strains of probiotics with generic health benefits, as well as probiotic blends.
Danisco Sweeteners,
Ardsley, N.Y.,
(800) 255-6837
Designed to be resistant to human digestive enzymes, Danisco’s Litesse® polydextrose prebiotic selectively stimulates desirable bacteria, reducing putrefactive bacteria through competition. The glucose polymer is fermented slowly, mediating a protective effect throughout the colon.
Davisco Foods International Inc.,
Eden Prairie, Minn.,
(952) 914-0400
Davisco’s BiPro® pure whey protein isolate, manufactured using ion-exchange technology, adds both functionality and nutrition to foods and beverages. Bland in flavor, the product can gel, bind water, foam, emulsify and form films. Its BioZate® 1 product has been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol in borderline hypertensive subjects. The company’s BioPure™ purified whey fractions include purified sources of betalactoglobulin, alphalactalbumin and glycomacropeptide. Another BioPure product offers a rich source of immunoglobulins and also contains alphalactalbumin and bovine serum albumin.
Degussa Food Ingredients,
Waukesha, Wis.,
(262) 549-2523
Degussa’s Viable® line of probiotic cultures includes Bifidobacteria species, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. They are available as stand-alone cultures or within Degussa yogurt cultures. The company also manufactures a number of health-promoting GRAS-approved bioactive ingredients, including lecithin and choline for liver health, hydrolyzed gelatin for joint health, flax oil (omega-3 fatty acids) for cardiovascular health and cholestatin for cholesterol control and prostate health.
DSM Food Specialties,
Menomonee, Wis.,
(262) 255-7955
DSM’s Delvo-Pro® Lafti™ probiotics range boasts proven survival in the GI tract, during processing and in food products such as yogurt, milk and cheese. Its Delvo-Pro Direct-Set probiotic cultures, designed for the production of mild yogurt and fermented milk products, contain exclusively selected Lafti strains and feature an “advanced synbiotic culture concept” that enhances culture viability and performance.
Glanbia Nutritionals Inc.,
Monroe, Wis.,
(608) 329-2800
Glanbia Nutritionals’ Provon®, CFM® and BarFlex™ whey protein isolates come in spray-dried and instant forms for applications requiring excellent amino acid profiles and a high solubility. For low-acid beverages, the Thermax® 690 whey protein isolate offers a partially hydrolyzed heat-stable ingredient with a high solubility over a wide pH and temperature range. The new Prolibra™ natural whey protein is clinically proven to accelerate fat loss. The company’s TruCal® product offers a natural source of milk calcium with high levels of other minerals.
Grande Custom Ingredients Group,
Lomira, Wis.,
(800) 772-3210
Grande’s whey products begin with the company’s own Grade A milk and are put through a proprietary cold filtration process to create products with a high degree of consistency. Among the company’s specialty whey products is the Grande Ultra whey protein concentrate, which features a clean flavor, an 80 percent protein content and low fat and ash levels.
GTC Nutrition LLC,
Golden, Colo.,
(800) 522-4682
GTC’s NutraFlora® prebiotic (short-chain fructooligosaccharides) fiber acts as a food source for beneficial gut microflora, which in turn produce short-chain fatty acids. The result is optimal beneficial gut microflora, reduced pathogenic microflora, enhanced absorption of calcium, magnesium and other minerals, reinforced immune function, improved digestive function and more. The company’s CalciLife™ prebiotic mineral formulation combines short-chain fructooligosaccharides with calcium, magnesium and trace minerals harvested from calcified sea plants off the coast of Ireland.
J. Rettenmaier USA LP,
Schoolcraft, Mich.,
(616) 679-2340
Dairy processors can boost the fiber content of milk, yogurt and cheese products with J. Rettenmaier’s Vitacel® wheat fiber ingredients. Vitacel wheat fiber and wheat fiber gels have a neutral taste and odor, a creamy mouthfeel and are stable under even extreme pH and temperature conditions. Extracted from the structure-forming parts of wheat via a thermo-mechanical process, the Vitacel wheat fiber ingredients are up to 98 percent dietary fiber.
Kerry Americas,
Beloit, Wis.,
(608) 363-1200
Kerry Americas’ whey protein isolates are digested easily and provide 26 grams of branched-chain amino acids per 100 grams of protein. Produced by ultrafiltration of skim milk, the company’s milk protein isolates boast an 86 percent protein content, a high calcium level and good dispersibility/solubility. Its cultured dairy powders are gently spray-dried to maintain culture activity.
Nutrinova Inc.,
Somerset, N.J.,
(732) 271-7221
Nutrinova produces a vegetarian form of omega-3 fatty acids under the Nutrinova® DHA brand name. This version of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) oils is derived from microalgae via a patented fermentation process. It contains a higher concentration of DHA and a lower level of undesirable fatty acids than most fish oils, without any environmental pollutants. The ingredient’s GRAS status permits its use in yogurts and other food and beverage applications.
Orafti North America,
Malvern, Pa.,
(610) 889-9828
Orafti’s Raftiline® inulin and Raftilose™ oligofructose offer impart excellent technological properties and nutritional benefits to dairy products. The ingredients improve the flavor and texture of sugar- and/or fat-reduced products such as ice cream while boosting fiber and other health aspects. In dairy products containing live cultures, inulin works as a prebiotic to help the cultures grow and function at their peak. The Raftilose Synergy 1 product, Orafti’s proprietary form of enriched inulin, has been shown to significantly enhance calcium absorption in adolescent girls and post-menopausal women.
The Solae Co.,
St. Louis,
(800) 325-7108
The Solae™ soy ingredient brand includes isolated soy proteins and membrane-processed soy concentrates that work well in dairy beverages, frozen desserts and cultured drinks and yogurts. Specially processed for easy formulation and great taste, the soy ingredients are associated with a number of health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer, improving bone health and more.
Taiyo International Inc.,
(763) 398-3003
Taiyo’s SunActive® iron ingredient provides iron fortification without precipitation, iron flavor or color changes. Stable against heat, salt, pH and oxidation, the product currently is being used to fortify milk, yogurt, drinkable yogurt and cheese. It boasts superior absorption properties and bioavailability and is the recipient of numerous international awards, including the Most Innovative Food Ingredient Award at Food Ingredients Europe and the NutrAward for Best New Product at Nutracon.
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