Increasing the appeal of dairy-free drinks

DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) announces that it has made it easier for beverage manufacturers to produce stable soy, almond and other plant-based drinks with a refreshing texture and a clean label. Utilising a new ingredient in the DuPont Danisco range, manufacturers can obtain all the functionality they need without mixing in other additives.

The gelling ingredient is Grindsted Gellan MAS 100 – otherwise known as gellan gum – and is the label-friendly stabiliser for non-dairy beverages made with pulses, grains, nuts and plant-derived protein. Previously produced by DuPont for ingredient systems, it is now available as a single ingredient for the first time.

“The main driver is the demand for dairy-free drinks for lactose-intolerant consumers. According to the latest market intelligence, close to 25% of European consumers are reducing or avoiding dairy products in their diet for health reasons,” says Jean-Baptiste Dufeu, DuPont global product manager. “Our ingredient enables manufacturers to respond to this trend by stabilising particles in plant-based beverages and creating a refreshingly smooth texture. Consumers experience a refreshing drink with an authentic flavour profile.”

Market analysts at Euromonitor and Innova Market Insights have registered an explosion in sales of plant-based drinks. In 2016, sales in Western Europe alone reached $1.5 billion. Soy beverages accounted for around $1 billion of those sales – a dominant position that is now being challenged by the rise of drinks based on rice, almond and oats.

Gellan gum provides reliable stabilising functionality with a low cost in use, regardless of raw material fluctuations. No other additives are required – supporting the consumer preference for clean-label, plant-based drinks that are free of artificial ingredients.

Gellan gum is the latest addition to the broad DuPont Danisco range of texturants, which is backed by strong expertise in optimising the texture, taste and appearance of specific food and beverage applications.

 

Health appeal of lactose-free is opportunity for emerging dairy markets: report

DSM’s latest Global Insight Series report reveals that an overwhelming number of consumers of lactose-free dairy in emerging markets such as Colombia and China, say that their main purchase driver is the health appeal of lactose-free products, not merely lactose-intolerance.

Based on an international consumer survey, comparing results in the mainstream low-lactose market in Finland to upcoming markets in Colombia and China, the report reveals that lactose-intolerance is not the main driver for consumers to choose lactose-free dairy over regular dairy in Colombia and China, despite these countries having much higher lactose-intolerant levels than in Finland. Instead, they prefer lactose-free dairy for its health benefits.

In China and Colombia, 82% and 73% (respectively) of the consumers agree that lactose-free dairy is healthier than regular dairy. They also indicated that they would increase their consumption if lactose-free dairy was reduced in fat and sugar. Thus, understanding the specific health benefits of lactose-free dairy over regular dairy in upcoming markets can further drive product innovation and consumer interest.

“This report gives valuable insights into how lactose-free dairy products can be further developed and positioned, making the most of the wide array of positively perceived health benefits by consumers.” explained Marten Paasman, global business line manager of dairy enzymes.

“As a leading supplier of enzymes for low lactose and lactose-free products, we have been working with customers all around the world to successfully innovate this category beyond lactose-intolerance. An opportunity that is particularly attractive to health-conscious consumers in emerging markets where the dairy market is evolving rapidly.”

Kate Farms Komplete

Product Name: Kate Farms Komplete
Product Manufacturer: Kate Farms
Launch date: 14 October 2015
Ingredients (as listed on the packaging): Ingredients for chocolate flavour Komplete (the ingredients of the three flavours of Komplete vary slightly)
Purified Water, KompleteGlycemic Blend (Organic Brown Rice Syrup Solids, Organic Blue Agave), Komplete Amino Blend (Organic Rice Protein, Pea Protein), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Inulin, Natural Flavor, Tricalcium Phosphate, Organic Gum Arabic, Milled Chia, Vitamin Blend (Magnesium Oxide, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Vitamin A Palmitate, Zinc Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Cupric Sulfate (Copper), Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin D Ergocalciferol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Chromium Picolinate, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Biotin (Vitamin H), Potassium Iodide (Iodine), Sodium Molybdate, Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), Guar Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Dipotassium Phosphate, Spectra 100mg Blend (Concentrates of Broccoli Sprouts, Tomato, Broccoli, Carrot, Spinach, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, CamuCamu, Quercetin, Mangosteen, Elderberry, Garlic, Basil, Oregano, Cinnamon, Sweet Cherry, Açaí, Blackberry, Chokeberry, Raspberry, Bilberry) (Extracts of Onion, Green Coffee, Acerola, Green Tea, Apple, Blue Corn, Turmeric, Black Currant, Blueberry), Quinoa Flour, Carrageenan (Derived from Seaweed), Sea Salt

Shelf Life: 12 months
Packaging: Tetra
Product Manager: Tania Aafos Rees
Country of origin: United States
Brand Website: https://katefarms.com.au/

Australian grown whole almond milk launched

Leading plant milk experts, Vitasoy has launched Almond Milk Original and Almond Milk Unsweetened. 

 Since its arrival in the Australian market only about four years ago, almond milk has shown strong growth, with 12 per cent of Australian households now consuming almond milk. 
 
Supporting local Australian almond growers, Vitasoy says it is proud to make its almond milk with Australian grown whole almonds, sourced from the Murray River and Riverina regions. 
 
Beth Roberts, Senior Brand Manager said: “We know Australians share our passion in getting behind local farmers, and sourcing quality, local produce is one of our key values.  More and more grocery buyers want to understand where their products come from and the actual processes behind producing the food and drinks that go into their baskets.”
 
“We work closely with local partners to ensure our Almond Milk is made with locally grown whole almonds. The result is a delicious tasting milk alternative which appeals to those pursuing balance and variety.”

New sustainable, non-GMO and healthy RTD launched

Komplete by Kate Farms is an organic, soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, hypoallergenic, vegan and plant protein shake designed for everyone including vegans; vegetarians, celiacs, those with dairy intolerance or people prone to food allergies. 

Kate Farms -Komplete was developed by the parents of Kate Laver, who was born with the Cerebral Palsy and unable to consume solid food. 

Australian- born Richard Laver, cousin of tennis great, Rod Laver, and his wife Michelle developed Komplete as a nutritious meal replacement alternative for their daughter after she developed health complications from the sugar and dairy-rich, whey-based meal replacement formulas prescribed to her. She was diagnosed at three year-of-age as ‘failing to thrive’.

The Lavers went about an inspired journey starting in their kitchen developing the world’s first dairy-free; gluten-free; and soy-free; ready-to-drink wellness shake. The result was a shelf-stable combination of the highest quality, freshest ingredients such as acai; mangosteen; black currants; raspberries; and green tea extract, blended to be the best tasting, most nutritious health shake on the market.

“We saw the need to create great tasting, and whole food drinks made from the heart. Where all-natural vegan products not only taste delicious but are good for you. Our passion for healthy foods and belief in taking care of one another is the reason we are here,” says founder and CEO of Kate Farms, Richard Laver.

After Kate switched to her parents’ new formula, her condition improved radically. The bottle rot she had developed on the other formulas completed healed. She no longer needed her breathing treatment for sleep apnea and her ongoing complications with digestion vanished.

Since its launch in the US in 2013, Kate Farms – Komplete is now the leading Ready-to-Drink in the United States. 

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