Dairy & Ice Cream

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All things dairy

Consumers of dairy products are increasingly seeking high-quality, clean label and high-protein options and have a big interest in health and convenience, leading to an evolution of innovations. Our Food & Nutrition division supplies a wide range of functional ingredients for the dairy industry, and our experts help you to develop innovative products ranging from creamy, indulgence ice creams, to healthy low-fat yoghurts, to vegan alternatives.

A huge trend is over-the-top and luxury desserts with as many elements added as possible: Young consumers especially love to treat themselves to ice cream or milk shakes mixed with syrups, biscuit or cake pieces, candy and fruits and topped with cream and waffles. And in times of social media, a colorful and delicious appearance of special indulgences is essential.


An appetite for innovation

When we think of ice cream, we probably don’t associate it with savory flavors, dairy-free vegan options or probiotics added - but this is what’s happening. By replacing some of the traditional ingredients like sugar or fat and retaining flavor and texture, manufacturers are creating healthier options that appeal to modern consumers. No or reduced fat has become the standard for spoonable yoghurts as well. In yoghurts containing fruit, oligofructose and inulin are often added via the fruit preparation. And with around twice the protein content of standard yoghurt, it’s no wonder that variations of cream cheese like quark and skyr are in demand in many markets around the globe.

Cheese is also undergoing some changes. Variations with added protein, reduced lactose and dairy-free are experiencing high demand around the world. New concepts like plant-based cheeses offer an alternative for vegans, flexitarians and the lactose intolerant. The thirst for creative varieties also applies to drinks containing soybeans, almond and oats. Fermented dairy drinks, such as kefir, are especially desirable.

The texture, mouthfeel, shelf-life and appearance of dairy products such as drinking or spoonable fermented products and flavored milk are key, sought-after factors by consumers. Whether authentic and recognizable, or novel and sensational – the demand for flavored dairy products is growing. This is where our Food & Nutrition team can support you in all segments of the dairy and ice cream market.

As the dairy market trends towards, healthier, functional and more sustainable options - there is a great opportunity to offer an improved value proposition to today’s consumer. Whether it be traditional dairy or dairy alternative products, Brenntag’s team of experts can offer solutions to help optimize your finished products.

David Vela
Business Development Manager – Sweet, Americas

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Get in contact with our Dairy & Ice Cream experts to discuss

  • how to formulate a dairy product fitting the low carb diet or
  • how to create a delicious vegan ice-cream.