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Finnish dairy innovation helps food manufacturers to cater to the needs of ageing adults

Seniors and their families want to invest in healthy ageing and happy later life. With Valio’s pure Nordic dairy ingredients and latest innovation, food manufacturers can add the benefits of phospholipids on cognitive health and create desirable functional food products for healthy ageing. Experience Valio at Food Ingredients Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, 11 - 13 September 2019

As good nutrition has a scientifically proven link to healthy ageing, the expanding elderly population and their wellbeing provides great potential for the food industry. With the right innovations supporting healthy ageing with nutrition, the food industry can make their products desirable for ageing adults, just as the beauty and personal care industry has done.

“Out of all industries, I believe that the food and nutrition industries have perhaps the most significant means to ensure healthy ageing. As consumers, older adults could be described as foodies with emphasis on healthiness. We make about 200 food related choices every day, so there is plenty of opportunity to nudge older adults towards better food choices”, says Dr Minja Miettinen, Senior Research Manager, Research and Innovations at Valio.

Dairy fat has been associated with positive effect on cognition  

The world’s most innovative dairy company, Valio, has developed a range of value-added powders to help food manufacturers respond to the growing demand of ageing adults. The latest developments in Valio’s tailormade food ingredient solutions are showcased at Food Ingredients Asia in Bangkok.

“Valio Eila™ NUTRI F+ lactose free formulated milk protein powder fulfils the key needs of older adults. In addition to containing essential nutrients, it also gives a full taste and texture, helping Valio’s customers to formulate their products. It works in several applications, such as milk powders, special nutrition drinks, dairy drinks, nutritious food and dietary products”, Minja Miettinen says.

Valio Eila™ NUTRI F+ lactose free formulated milk protein powder was introduced earlier this year at Vitafoods Europe. Especially the health benefits of phospholipids located on the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) raised great interest among food industry professionals.

“Dairy fat contains phospholipids that, according to research, are associated with positive effect on brain function in those with mild memory impairment. Phospholipids are the building blocks of brain cell membranes and therefore very important for brain function in all stages of the human lifespan, from babies and toddlers to active adults and seniors”, Miettinen states.

Valio has successfully adapted its Nobel Prize winning dairy innovation heritage to Asia

Valio has decades of experience with the Asian food market. For example, Valio’s B to B business with China goes back about 30 years.

”Asian consumers appreciate high quality, traceability and safety in food products. They want to know where the product is coming from. This is something we can help food manufacturers with, because the production chain of our milk ingredients is completely transparent. The origin of the raw material can be traced all the way back to an individual dairy farm”, says Timo Pajari, SVP, Food Solutions Sales at Valio.

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