Arla Foods Ingredients launches sparkling whey protein water

Full-scale factory trials have shown that the whey protein can be used to produce sparkling water products with up to 6% protein

Arla Foods Ingredients is injecting some fizz into the sports nutrition category with its new Lacprodan HYDRO.Clear. The 100% whey protein hydrolysate solution is specially developed for formulating sparkling protein waters.

Lacprodan HYDRO.Clear is fat and sugar-free and delivers optimised taste, a low bitterness profile and long shelf life. It is lactose-free, low in energy, very low in salt and easy to flavour.

Full-scale factory trials have shown that the whey protein can be used to produce sparkling water products with up to 6% protein. This makes it straightforward for sports drinks manufacturers to create clear, sparkling, high-protein RTD beverages with strong health credentials.

Joe Katterfield, Health and Performance Nutrition Development Manager at Arla Foods Ingredients, said: "This means that sports nutrition brands can launch, for example, a standard 330ml can containing 20g of whey protein per serving, making it perfect for sports nutrition users.”

Katterfield added: “Market conditions are ideal for launching sparkling protein waters targeted at sports nutrition users, a group of consumers who are always on the look-out for products that deliver high levels of whey protein in a convenient format. However, for technical reasons – primarily related to issues around taste and bitterness – there are currently no sparkling protein waters on the market made exclusively with whey. In this respect, Lacprodan HYDRO.Clear is a game-changer, enabling manufacturers to incorporate 100% whey protein hydrolysate into crystal clear carbonated beverages.”

Katterfield further explained that the concept is not limited to sports nutrition users. The product is also suited to lifestyle and soft drink brands, as it provides a source of protein in an on-the-go format.

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