First Milk and Arla Foods Ingredients agree new whey collaboration

Posted: 9 November 2022 | | No comments yet

As the demand for protein rich food and drink continues, the British farmer-owned, dairy co-operative, First Milk, has agreed a new whey partnership with Arla Food Ingredients.

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First Milk has agreed a new partnership with Arla Foods Ingredients to produce a specialist whey protein powder at its Lake District Creamery.

Protein enrichment within the food and drink sector remains a growing consumer trend, with Mordor Intelligence data revealing significance growth is on the cards for the UK. The region’s market was over $492 million last year and is projected to reach more than $606 million by 2026. Whey-based protein specifically is anticipated to register a CAGR of 4.12 percent over the next five years, driven by health concerns that were pulled into focus from the pandemic.

The patented microparticulate whey protein concentrate product developed by Arla Foods Ingredients is designed to enhance protein levels in both, without compromising on taste or texture.

The British dairy co-operative will manufacture Nutrilac® FO-7875 on behalf of Arla Foods Ingredients using the company’s proprietary process. Arla Foods Ingredients will then market and sell the product internationally.

First Milk will also continue to manufacture whey protein concentrate powder, WPC80, and market it through its existing partnership.

“We are delighted to agree this new collaboration with Arla Foods Ingredients, which will deliver real value for both co-operatives,” Shelagh Hancock, Chief Executive of First Milk, commented. “Over the last few years, we have completed a significant investment programme across our operations, which means that we are well-placed to expand the range of high-quality, specialist products we can efficiently manufacture. We see this type of collaboration as key to our success, enabling our members to be part of the worldwide dairy supply chain, enriching life to secure a positive future for all.”

Henrik Andersen, Chief Executive of Arla Foods Ingredients, added: “This is a new kind of partnership for us, and a very exciting one, especially at a time when demand for high-quality protein solutions has never been greater. Manufacturing speciality whey protein products requires both expertise and a commitment to the highest standards, both of which First Milk shares with us. We look forward to working together to help meet the growing consumer need for protein-enriched products.”

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