Arla doubles Alpha-lactalbumin production24 Apr 2015
Arla Foods Ingredients has doubled its capacity for producing Alpha-lactalbumin in what the company says is a bid to meet growing demand from the global infant formula market. Alpha-lactalbumin is the dominant protein in human milk, but is also found naturally in cows’ milk. Incorporating it into infant formula enables manufacturers to create products that […]
Alpha-lactalbumin is the dominant protein in human milk, but is also found naturally in cows’ milk. Incorporating it into infant formula enables manufacturers to create products that more closely resemble breast milk, according to Arla.
“Alpha-lactalbumin is very rich in essential amino acids,” said Anne Staudt Kvistgaard, Head of Pediatric at Arla Foods Ingredients. “This means that protein levels in infant formulas can be optimized in regards to protein concentration and composition while maintaining compliance with the amino acid levels set by regulations.”
Arla Foods Ingredients produces Alpha-lactalbumin at its Denmark Protein facility in Jutland. It has added a second production line at the factory, which will increase output of the protein by 100%.
“Human milk will always be the gold-standard for infants but commercial production of Alpha-lactalbumin means babies fed with formula can benefit from similar levels of protein composition,” continued Staudt Kvistgaard. “In recognition of this, worldwide demand for Alpha-lactalbumin is growing fast – especially in China – and we’re delighted that this increase in our production capacity will help to secure further supplies for our customers in line with our ‘Quality starts here’ commitments.”
The Alpha-lactalbumin produced by Arla Foods Ingredients is marketed under the Lacprodan Alpha-10 brand. Besides infant formula, Alpha-lactalbumin’s rich protein content is said to mean that it is also suitable for use as a high quality ingredient in health foods and in sports and clinical nutrition products.