Arla launches maternal supplement concepts

29 Nov 2019

Arla Foods Ingredients has launched two maternal supplementation concepts to support children’s cognitive development during pregnancy and lactation.

The Smart Mama drink and Smart Mama bar prototypes contain the ingredient Lacprodan MFGM-10 – a whey protein concentrate featuring the benefits of milk fat globule membranes (MFGMs).

Arla launches maternal supplement concepts

The Smart Mama prototypes are available now, offering manufacturers the opportunity to launch a premium functional product into the rapidly growing market for maternal nutrition food and drink products, Arla says.

Anne Staudt Kvistgaard, Arla Foods Ingredients’ Senior Manager, Early Life Nutrition, said: “During pregnancy and lactation, the mother is the main source of nutrition for the developing infant, so it’s important she makes the best possible dietary choices. Our Smart Mama drink and Smart Mama bar concepts are convenient, offer a great taste and provide Lacprodan® MFGM-10, which has documented benefits for brain development when applied in early-life nutrition products.”

The company notes that maternal nutrition food and drink product launches saw a 13% increase in CAGR between 2014 and 2018, with research showing the two most sought-after product attributes in maternal nutrition in 2018 were convenience and brain health.

The Smart Mama drink is described as low-fat, offering a source of protein and calcium, and containing high levels of folic acid, which helps prevent neural tube birth defects. The Smart Mama bar is said to be high in protein, calcium and fibre.

Arla Foods Ingredients will showcase the Smart Mama concepts at Food Ingredients Europe (3rd to 5th December in Paris) on Stand 6C120.

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