Low lac­tose milk launch

South Waikato News - - Motoring - GERARD HUTCHING

Fon­terra is mak­ing a pitch to a large per­cent­age of the world’s pop­u­la­tion with a new low lac­tose in­stant whole milk pow­der.

Last week it launched the prod­uct at the 2017 Gul­food ex­hi­bi­tion in Dubai, the world’s largest an­nual food event that at­tracts more than 90,000 vis­i­tors and 5000 ex­hibitors.

Re­gions with low lev­els of in­tol­er­ance to­wards dairy prod­ucts in­clude Asia, the Mid­dle East and Africa, grow­ing mar­kets for Fon­terra prod­ucts.

Lac­tose in­tol­er­ance means the body can­not eas­ily di­gest lac­tose, a type of nat­u­ral sugar found in milk and dairy prod­ucts.

Fon­terra said in a state­ment that a glass of low-lac­tose milk con­tains all the nu­tri­ents found in a glass of stan­dard milk.

‘‘Noth­ing is added or re­moved the lac­tose is sim­ply bro­ken down into more di­gestible sug­ars for those with re­duced abil­ity to di­gest lac­tose.’’

The dairy gi­ant’s in­gre­di­ents busi­ness, NZMP, has de­vel­oped the new pow­der, which has only 2 per cent lac­tose.

Gen­eral man­ager nu­tri­tion An­gela Rowan said that lac­to­sein­tol­er­ant peo­ple lost out on the nu­tri­tional ben­e­fits from milk.

‘‘The main rea­son peo­ple avoid dairy is be­cause they feel bloated af­ter drink­ing milk. But if you have a prob­lem with lac­tose, you don’t have to give up dairy to avoid feel­ings of dis­com­fort. Low lac­tose milk means you can keep drink­ing and en­joy­ing milk.’’

Fon­terra said low lac­tose was one of the fastest-grow­ing sec­tors in the dairy in­dus­try. World­wide, the value of low lac­tose food was more than $9 bil­lion in 2015 and was fore­cast to grow at 6 per cent a year to 2020.

‘‘Noth­ing is added or re­moved. ’’

Fon­terra has de­vel­oped a low lac­tose milk pow­der for peo­ple who have dif­fi­culty ab­sorb­ing the nat­u­ral sugar.

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