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Milk fractionation technology introduced by Arla

06 December 2021

A new technology to separate milk into its different protein components has been pioneered by Arla Foods Ingredients. 

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The patented method, called milk fractionation, has been developed by Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI). AFI set themselves the challenge of delivering the scientific breakthrough to enable scientists, nutritionists and health professionals to create next generation dairy products. 

Enabling the development of specialised nutrient-specific foods – through the selection of specific pure milk proteins, for example, casein and serum whey proteins – opens up new opportunities for taking infant formula and sports products to the next level and catering to other vulnerable groups such as the elderly and people with medical nutrition needs. 

The separation of milk’s different proteins from whey, previously relied on cheese-making as whey is a bi-product of this process. By-passing the cheese-making process, Arla’s new patented milk fractionation technology allows for a bigger potential raw material pool and also creates protein streams in a fully controlled process with significantly reduced processing steps and a more gentle processing of the milk.     

Commenting on the technology, Henrik Andersen, CEO of Arla Foods Ingredients, said: “The method has been several years in development and I’m delighted to see what was once a vision become a commercial reality with the power to completely revolutionise targeted nutrition for vulnerable groups. As science-based innovators we are driven to invent and reinvent our processes to ensure we have the best possible products available and continue to lead the way in whey.” 

The milk fractionation process is being pioneered for infant formula at AFI’s dairy in Videbaek, Den-mark to fulfil a growing demand for organic infant formula, a market estimated to increase by 14.1% in the next two years.

Arla Foods Ingredients is currently using the new technology manufacturing the organic Baby&Me brand for Arla Foods and AFI expects to launch its first organic private label infant formula solutions based on the technology during 2022. 

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