With growing number of middle class consumers in China, Arla Foods Ingredients has found a suitable application for its Nutrilac® range of organic dairy proteins in premium kids’ snacks.
Organic food is seen as premium, safe, healthy and natural, and China’s organic market is expected to grow by 16.3% between 2020 and 2025. One of the main categories driving growth is baby food and formula.
Roughly 57% of young mothers in China consider organic a highly important food attribute. Many already choose organic formula for infants, but evidence also points to opportunities for organic products for older children. About 44% of young women with children say they would consider organic foods as their first choice if they were more readily available,
To satisfy this growing demand for organic premium products, Arla Foods Ingredients recently added new organic lines to its Nutrilac® range of functional protein solutions. It has now launched 2 new concepts demonstrating how manufacturers can tap into opportunities in China by creating kids’ snacks with a premium positioning:
- Yoghurt in pouches: This “easily squeezable” concept demonstrates the benefits of Nutrilac® organic milk protein in yoghurt snacks. Available in plain and fruit versions, benefits include potential for a source of protein claim and a source of calcium claim, and stable viscosity during shelf life. With an optimal fermentation profile, it offers reduced acidic taste to increase appeal to children. Sourced from ingredients found naturally in milk, it also meets the growing demand for clean-label solutions.
- Cheese snacks: Combining Nutrilac® organic milk protein with real cheese, these snacks provide children with much of their daily recommended intake of calcium and protein. Available in plain or sweet versions, they offer a mild, milky taste and smooth structure.
Yuanyuan Li, Sales Manager at Arla Foods Ingredients said, “Children have a special place in Chinese culture, and the growing number of affluent middle class parents want the very best for them. This is driving demand for snacks that can be trusted as safe and nutritious, and an increasing interest in organic and clean-label options. High-quality dairy protein is a perfect match for these needs. Our new recipe concepts demonstrate the potential for health-focused innovation in the Chinese market, and highlight the opportunities to expand product lines with organic and premium options.”
Arla Foods Ingredients is a global leader in value-added whey solutions, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arla Foods.