AUCKLAND, New Zealand--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NZMP, the global ingredients brand of Fonterra, announces the launch of NZMP GOLD Whole Milk Powder for UHT. Designed specifically for UHT beverages, the new product gives manufacturers longer production runs over standard milk powders, as well as cleaner labelling on their final product and consistent shelf life stability.
The product offers superior UHT stability and consistent product performance in the process and the formulation. It has good solubility and flow properties as well as the rich creamy flavour manufacturers have come to expect from NZMP premium dairy ingredients.
Jarod Brain, a Senior Research Engineer at Fonterra Research and Development Centre, says UHT milk has become increasingly price sensitive and as a result the R&D team looked for ways to enable customer cost efficiencies during the manufacturing process.
“By developing an even more stable UHT whole milk powder, we’ve been able to reduce the rate of fouling within UHT sterilisers. This allows businesses to run production lines for longer and reduces batch losses, compared to standard whole milk powders. Fewer batch losses mean that our customers are able to minimise wastage, which is also great for the environment,” says Brain.
Not content with just looking for savings in the manufacturing process, Fonterra also identified ways to help UHT milk manufacturers differentiate from competitors and increase their consumer sales proposition.
“Clean labelling is a trend affecting more and more food and beverage companies – and UHT milk is included in this. By controlling critical parameters in the UHT whole milk powder, we’ve been able to reduce the need for our customers to use any additives to manage processing challenges, meaning fewer ingredients on their final ingredient list.
“Changes in the manufacturing process also allow us to help our customers achieve a longer, more consistent shelf life in their product,” says Brain.
NZMP GOLD Whole Milk Powder for UHT is the result of more than two years of research and development, including working closely with a leading producer of UHT milk drinks to meet their specific manufacturing and shelf-life stability requirements. The product is a result of collaboration with this customer and is now their preferred ingredient.
Through this process NZMP identified critical parameters in whole milk powder composition that lead to superior performance in UHT milk drinks.
Ultimately, NZMP GOLD Whole Milk Powder for UHT’s superior performance is achieved during the manufacturing process through:
- The use of new research and development tools, that were created to validate changes and control the process
- Optimised, process conditions at Manufacturing plants
- Increased monitoring and testing through the ingredient manufacturing process.
The product is now available in all major markets.
NZMP is the dairy ingredients brand of Fonterra. Trusted globally, NZMP ingredients are sold in more than 140 countries and can be found at the heart of some of the world’s most famous food and nutrition brands. NZMP has the broadest range of ingredients in the dairy industry, providing hundreds of solutions to meet the needs of customers every day.
Fonterra is a global leader in dairy nutrition – the preferred supplier of dairy ingredients to many of the world’s leading food companies. Fonterra is a farmer-owned co-operative and the largest processor of milk in the world. It is one of the world’s largest investors in dairy research and innovation drawing on generations of dairy expertise to produce more than two million tonnes of dairy ingredients, value added dairy ingredients, specialty ingredients and consumer products for 140 markets.