Arla launches Nutrilac LowCal

1 Oct 2015

Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a natural solution that the company says makes it easy for dairy companies to tap into the weight management category with products carrying authorised nutrition claims on the label. Nutrilac LowCal is available in two formulations: with whey protein, or with whey protein + prebiotic fibre. They are said to […]

Arla launches Nutrilac LowCal

yogofunArla Foods Ingredients has launched a natural solution that the company says makes it easy for dairy companies to tap into the weight management category with products carrying authorised nutrition claims on the label.

Nutrilac LowCal is available in two formulations: with whey protein, or with whey protein + prebiotic fibre. They are said to be ideal for creating low-fat stirred and drinking yoghurts with a choice of distinct propositions:

  • Rich in whey protein and just 36 calories per 100g of product – which qualifies for a ‘low in calories’ label claim

or

  • Rich in whey protein and a minimum of 3g fibre per 100 calories – which qualifies for a ‘high in fibre’ label claim

Arla Foods Ingredients will showcase both Nutrilac LowCal solutions at the forthcoming Food Ingredients Europe 2015 exhibition in Paris (Stand 6F9).

Global sales of weight management products reached an estimated US$158 billion in 2014, according to Euromonitor. In the US, 70% of all men aged over 20 are classed as overweight or obese, Arla notes, while one in every four people in China is overweight. The sheer scale of the ‘globesity’ crisis means more and more consumers are taking control of their health and seeking to lose weight, according to the company, with as many as 53% admitting they are on a weight management programme (Euromonitor). As a result, weight management is now the second fastest-growing health trend in the food and beverage market globally.

Yoghurts made using Nutrilac LowCal are perfectly in tune with this trend, Arla believes, noting that whey protein and prebiotic fibre offer great taste, excellent nutrition and high levels of satiety. In addition, while many low-fat yoghurts suffer from poor mouthfeel and a dry texture, Arla claims that, with Nutrilac LowCal, this isn’t a problem; it produces yoghurts that are deliciously thick and creamy with no need for added starches, which means a clean label is also easier to achieve.

“Scientific evidence shows that protein and fibre are proven to increase feelings of fullness, which is a key part of any successful weight management programme,” said Kasia Kandulski Lindegaard, Marketing & Business Development Manager at Arla Foods Ingredients. “By incorporating both into a healthy yoghurt, dairy companies can create snacks and meal replacement options that consumers will enjoy integrating into their diets.”

“In particular, there is major potential in the breakfast category, as the consumption of yoghurt as a healthy breakfast rose by 7% between 2008 and 2014, Euromonitor figures show. But whatever the occasion, Nutrilac LowCal offers a straightforward and profitable option for dairy companies who want to ride the weight management wave by creating products consumers will love.”