Dairy and ice cream

With an arsenal of 300 patents, Valio knows how to help dairy food manufacturers create value-adding products increasing their competitiveness while also responding to the food trends. Valio’s market-proven technologies can also assist them in developing more nutritional, sugar-reduced and protein-enriched products or entering the lactose free market.

Food safety and quality management

Valio’s high-quality milk powders are made from fresh Finnish milk that is among the cleanest in the world, containing no trace antibiotics. This is possible by committing to a sustainable production, enabling transparent sourcing traceable all the way back to the farms. Our operations and products aim to exceed international and regional food standards, regulations, and nutritional recommendations. Why choose Valio.

Grow your ice cream business with our solutions

Optimized ice crystal size? Reduced sugar? Enhanced flavour? With our speciality milk powders, we can help ice cream manufacturers develop different taste profiles and more indulgent ice cream full of all the wellness-boosting natural goodness consumers desire.​

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Digestive wellness and lactose free comfort

Dairy favorites with digestive wellness alongside good nutritional properties.

Digestive wellness and gut-friendly foods are driving growth and opening new business possibilities for dairies. About 70% of the population globally are lactose intolerant, and consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the relationship between lactose-free dairy and digestive comfort. Lactose intolerant or not, people are not willing to compromise on either taste or nutrition. This reality offers a range of opportunities for food manufacturers – from premium offerings to innovative product development with concrete consumer benefits.

World-leading expertise in lactose free milk technology

In 2001, Valio launched the world’s first totally lactose free milk made with our unique patented technology – and it was an immediate hit. Since then, we have grown lactose free dairy into a significant business internationally. We currently have over 100 lactose free products sold in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia. We continue to develop the market by creating new lactose free solutions every year across all dairy categories.

You can develop new products with our decades of expertise in lactose free milk and the special features of lactose hydrolysed powders and patented technologies backed by technical industry experts.

Valio can offer recipe and application design alongside test batches. Valio’s market-tested innovations and know-how in introducing new products include not just R&D, but also expert branding, conceptualisation and communication. Let us help you develop your business with a reliable partner and take your dairy products to the next level.

Find our wide selection of lactose free solutions
Expand your product range by adding lactose free products that taste just as good or better than regular products.

Valio Eila® lactose free milk powders for digestive comfort

Dairy food manufacturers can help ease the gastrointestinal discomfort endured by consumers by reducing the lactose content in their food products. Digestive wellness is provided by fully pre-digested lactose enabling products with as low as 0.01% lactose. The taste remains natural and fresh thanks to Valio’s patented production method with filtration and unchanged milk mineral composition. Valio Eila® lactose free milk powders contain all the goodness of milk. Make your dairy products gut-friendly with a well-balanced combination of all milk components, high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

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Valio FAST TRACK™ technology solution for lactose free

Global demand for digestive wellness has increased significantly during the last few years. For dairies, “gut friendly” usually means producing low-lactose or lactose free products, and milk is no exception. However, for dairies, producing fresh, good-tasting lactose free milk has been a challenge for years. How to solve this problem?

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Guide to capitalizing on the digestive wellness trend with lactose free products

There is a growing demand for digestive wellness products and lactose free can be the answer. This guide gives you tips on how to create new business and improve profitability with lactose free dairy.


Webinar: Digestive wellness trend in dairy and beverages

Consumers are looking for food choices that enhance digestive wellness and still taste great. This webinar is a jump start into the digestive wellness market for food manufacturers.

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Taste it and believe it – Request for a free sample

Click below and request for a sample of our lactose free milk made with Valio FAST TRACK™ technology.


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Sugar reduction in dairy products

Lower carbohydrate levels without artificial sweeteners

Avoiding sugar is a clear trend among all consumers, and they are increasingly conscious of sugar levels in different food products. They also seek naturality, which means simple, all-natural ingredients, and a short and understandable list of ingredients. At the same time, they want to enjoy the taste and texture of food.

Sugar makes flavoured dairy drinks, spoonable products, and ice cream taste sweet. Sugar also affects the mouthfeel, texture, colour, and viscosity of the products. The challenge for dairy manufacturers is how to balance the customer’s need for sugar reduction, naturality, and indulgence.

Valio has developed solutions for sugar reduction. With Valio ingredients, application and process know-how, dairy food manufacturers can reduce sugar levels without having to use artificial sweeteners.

Reduced sugar and great taste without artificial sweeteners

The carbohydrate content in dairy products is the sum of added sugar and lactose. Valio’s solution for dairy processing reduces sugar levels in a way that does not compromise other important product qualities, like texture or taste. It is possible to reduce the sugar level by as much as 30%. Our technical experts are happy to help design the recipes and processes.

Ice cream Benefit Machine

Are you looking for new solutions for your ice cream? Less sugar, more protein or flavor enhancement? Let us help you to make the right choice. Test our Benefit Machine to find out the best dairy ingredients for your needs.

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High-protein dairy

Protein-enriched dairy products with excellent texture and taste

Protein is an essential nutrient in the human diet. High-protein foods are gaining in popularity among mainstream consumers because of their health benefits. Thus, they offer new commercial potential for dairy manufacturers.

Dairy products, in particular, are a natural and effective source of protein. However, high-protein dairy goods are challenging to manufacture because added protein often gives dairy products an undesirable taste and grainy texture. We at Valio have solved this problem; therefore, we can help dairy manufacturers produce high-protein dairy products with excellent texture and taste.

High-protein dairy products that taste good and have excellent sensory properties

Our solution can easily be incorporated into your current dairy production processes and does not compromise the sensory properties of the products. We can help you in designing recipes and processes, so that you can manufacture high-protein dairy products efficiently and accurately with the optimal composition of ingredients.

Indulgence products and the high-protein trend - protein products are going mainstream

We are currently witnessing a protein boom, and not just in a fitness-oriented target group but among all consumers. As a result, the market for products with a ‘protein source’ claim is growing rapidly. The protein boom is especially strong in younger generations, which builds a solid foundation for long-term growth in protein enriched products.

Protein is a component that consumers want to add more of into their diet, also in the indulgence category. High-protein indulgence products, such as chocolate puddings, help consumers balance between deliciousness and healthy connotations. Meet the trend of protein enriched and nutritious food products by adding the benefits of high-quality milk protein to your portfolio.

Develop your own protein-rich dairy beverage

Making high-protein dairy drinks is difficult because protein can add an off-flavour and grainy texture. Valio Eila® milk powders can be used to make high-protein dairy drinks with excellent taste and texture.

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