Whey, a by-product of the cheese manufacturing sector, is a rich source of protein. It also contains milk fat, but in minimal quantities. This whey collected thus contains a higher amount of water. To remove the excess water, the whey is concentrated and demineralized. Following this, it is spray-dried so as to obtain flowing powder. Whey protein can be of any one the three types: whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and whey protein hydrolysate.
The appearance of demineralized whey powder is yellowish and it is a free-flowing powder, which tastes like milk. It doesn’t have a discernible foreign odor. During the process of manufacturing cheese, numerous salts are added to milk. This makes whey a rich source of potassium, calcium, and phosphorous. However, the presence of these minerals makes whey unsuitable for use in infant food. As a result of this, infant and baby food formulas with demineralized whey are in demand. The production of demineralized whey powder entails the use of pasteurized and fresh whey, which is directly collected during cheese production.
A number of techniques are adopted in the demineralization process. These include: cross-flow nanofiltration, electro-dialysis, ion-exchange chromatography, and others. These processes primarily work by removing or reducing the volume of soluble minerals. In the production of infant formula, D90 and D70 whey variants are commonly used.
The grade allotted to demineralized whey is determined based on the percentage of minerals separated from the whey. It is imperative to store whey powder in a dry and cool place; special care needs to be taken to keep it away from moisture and direct sunlight so its chemical structure isn’t altered.
Demineralized Whey Powder Ingredient Market: Segmentation
The market for demineralized whey powder ingredients can be segmented based on application and region. The demineralized whey powder ingredient market can further be segmented basis application into: Infant formula, confectionery, bakery, beverages, dairy, and others (feed).
Of these, it is the infant formula segment that’s projected to remain dominant as far as revenue generation is concerned. The growing degree of health consciousness among consumers will lead to the beverage segment witnessing higher demand; this segment is projected to exhibit the highest CAGR during the report’s forecast period. The beverage segment is predicted to be followed by the dairy segment. In the beverages segment, the use of demineralized whey powder ingredients is mainly for the purpose of lending foaming properties to the product, enhancing stability, and mouthfeel. Growing sales of packaged baby food will help the demand for demineralized whey powder ingredients to rise substantially.
Global Demineralized Whey Powder Ingredient Market: Regional Outlook
The market for demineralized whey powder ingredients can be segmented region-wise into Latin America, North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Japan, Asia Pacific excluding Japan, and the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The market for demineralized whey powder in Western Europe and North America is mature. Opportunities primarily lie in developing economies in Asia Pacific through the forecast period of the report. The growing degree of technological sophistication in modern whey processing facilities, uptick in the demand for packaged food, and the growing demand for foods with a low calorie count are expected to benefit the market in the Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific. With an escalating demand for packaged and convenience foods, especially in the infant food space, the market will find new opportunities and log a healthy CAGR during the report’s forecast period.
Demineralized Whey Powder Ingredient Market: Drivers
The rising population across the globe and the high demand for a protein-rich diet is helping the demand grow for demineralized whey powder ingredients. This trend is expected to remain steady in the feed and food industry over the report’s forecast period. With harmful minerals separated from whey, it can find use in the development of special foods. Health-aware consumers need products that are both dense in nutrition but low in calories. This is a trend that companies in the demineralized whey powder ingredients market will have to focus on. The use of demineralized whey powder in food fortification is expected to rise substantially.
Demineralized Whey Powder Ingredient Market: Key Players
Companies that are at the forefront of the global demineralized whey powder ingredients market are: Dairygold Food Ingredients, Eurosérum, Senel (Holding) B.V., Kaskat Dairy, Dairy Crest, Van Lee Melkprodukten Barneveld BV, SPX Corporation, and Valio Ltd. The companies, in a bid to stay competitive, are either focusing on partnerships or on expanding their product portfolio. A case in point would be the July 2014 partnership between Dairy Crest and Fonterra for the sale of demineralized whey powder meant for use in infant food.
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