Arla Foods Ingredients targets ‘holistic hydration’ at Vitafoods Europe

Published: 2-May-2024

The solutions will incorporate whey protein into beverages to boost physical and cognitive wellbeing

Arla Foods Ingredients, a subset of Arla developing functional food ingredients, will showcase the potential of whey protein in beverages that combine hydration with nutritional benefits at Vitafoods Europe 2024.

Research shows that 61% of global active and lifestyle nutrition consumers are looking for functional beverages that provide health benefits beyond nutrition.1 At Vitafoods Europe, Arla will showcase new functional water concepts demonstrating how its whey protein isolates can meet this need for ‘holistic hydration.’


Lacropden ISO.WaterShake

Designed for powder shake formats, Lacprodan ISO.WaterShake is rich in both essential amino acids (EAAs) and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). It's easily combined with other functional ingredients, creating opportunities for additional claims for physical and cognitive wellbeing – designed for consumers seeking convenient, holistic nutrition.

Offering water-like refreshment, they include solutions for ready-to-drink applications, as well as powder shakes.

The concepts meet many of the market needs highlighted by Innova in its top ten food and beverage trends for 2024. Its research shows that 42% of consumers globally see protein as the most important ingredient, and it also predicts a stronger focus on additional functional ingredients in everyday water products.2

Sarah Meyer, Head of Sales Development, Health and Performance, at Arla Foods Ingredients, said: “Active consumers are increasingly adopting a holistic health approach and seeking out products that offer more than one benefit. ​ Beverages that boost their daily nutrient intake while facilitating hydration are a great example. As these new concepts demonstrate, our whey protein isolate ingredients are a good way to meet this need.”

Exhibiting at Stand K122, the leader in premium nutrition will also showcase two additional concepts:

  • A multi-layered bar with whey and milk protein ingredients in every layer
  • A ready-to-mix powder application for medical nutrition showcasing the findings of a recent clinical study on how whey protein can improve day-to-day glucose control. 3



1  HealthFocus® International, Global trend study, 2022

2  Innova Market Insights, ‘Top 10 Trends, 2024’

 Smith K, Taylor GS, Brunsgaard LH, et al. ‘Thrice daily consumption of a novel, premeal shot containing a low dose of whey protein increases time in euglycemia during 7 days of free-living in individuals with type 2 diabetes.’ BMJ Open Diab Res Care 2022;10:e002820. doi:10.1136/bmjdrc-2022-002820


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