Arla Foods Ingredients is offering its milk fractionation technology to infant formula manufacturers, providing unconstrained supply based on high quality milk.
The company will share its expertise with brands to produce organic, customised infant formulas at its plant in Denmark. Private label options will be available both as finished formulas and base powders.
The patented technology will now be branded under the name Origin by Arla Foods Ingredients.
Origin is aimed to allow manufacturers to bypass organic whey shortages. Arla claims it can match demand in this market by drawing on supply from its own organic farms.
Steen Lyck, Commercial Director, Child Nutrition Manufacturing at Arla Foods Ingredients, said: “Origin by Arla Foods Ingredients is a significant step forward for infant formula brand owners. With our patented technology that obtains ingredients from fresh, organic milk at consistently higher quality, infant formula brand owners can finally capture the exciting potential of premium organic infant formula. In terms of certifications, our organic infant formula already has EU and Chinese organic approvals.”
The technology extracts proteins directly from fresh milk using filtration technology. It’s based on an integrated process at a dedicated production site, with no use of additives in the milk streams, reducing production complexity and time from milk to can, the company says.
Henrik Andersen, CEO of Arla Foods Ingredients, said: “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.
“Traditional cheesemaking demands significant quantities of organic raw milk to produce the volumes of whey needed to meet demand. Now that we’re not reliant on this, we can significantly increase production. And because all the milk we use comes from just a few Arla farms, we’re able to offer greater clarity around provenance.”
The company says it will continue its focus on the organic sector in 2022 and reveal details about several projects throughout the year.