Premium dairy ingredients and innovations cater to modern consumer expectations

At this year's HiE, Epi Ingredients and ESI Nutrition are joining forces to offer visitors a comprehensive range of products, from premium dairy ingredients to ready-to-market nutrition products

As consumer interest in protein shows no sign of fading, Epi Ingredients entered the protein market a few months ago with EPIPROT 60 UL, an innovative ingredient that the company decided to focus on at the show.

EPIPROT 60 UL is a milk protein concentrate produced directly from fresh milk using a unique ultra-low heat process that allows for minimal denaturation and optimal functional and nutritional properties.

Not only does EPIPROT 60 UL offer superior gelling, emulsifying and water retention capabilities, it also features the unique ability to provide enhanced creaminess and a rich mouthfeel in low-fat, high-protein applications.

To support this launch, the company also recently rolled out a new finished product concept, SoBenefik, featuring EPIPROT 60 UL.

It is a protein-packed yoghurt containing 8% protein, live cultures and a rich, extra-creamy texture while being low-fat. With this concept, the goal for Epi Ingredients is not to sell the finished product but merely to showcase the company’s application expertise and to demonstrate the unique properties of its new protein offering.

Produced using exclusively high-quality dairy powders, cultures and water, SoBenefik is particularly interesting for markets where the fresh milk supply may be limited, or where preserving the integrity of fresh raw milk can be challenging.

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In addition, at a time when consumers are always on the lookout for ‘better-for-you’ on-the-go options to fulfil their nutritional needs, a high-protein yogurt could be a healthy alternative to higher calorie snacks.

Thanks to an ultra-creamy, indulgent mouthfeel and enjoyable dairy flavour, products modelled on SoBenefik could help consumers make the right choice. Experience it yourself by trying one of our samples on the booth!

Epi Ingredients will also showcase its range of concentrated aromatic products (EMDI) at the show. As of now, it consists of two ingredients: a milk concentrate and a cream concentrate, soon to be joined by concentrated aromatic products directly derived from cheese (camembert, blue cheese, etc.), which are currently being developed.

These ingredients are 100% natural flavours (modified dairy ingredients) and contain no additives, no texturing agents and no preservatives.

They are offered as a paste and help increase the creamy flavour as well as overall body and smoothness in a broad range of applications without adding any fat, thereby making them an asset in formulating indulgent yet healthy products that offer the bold flavors and authenticity that consumers seek out.

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