The properties and advantages of the Valio Eila® lactose free range

Finnish dairy company Valio Ltd has further expanded its portfolio of lactose free milk products. Valio launched the world’s first totally lactose free dairy products in 2001 and remains the market leader in Europe.

Starting with the lactose free milk drink, the company has over the years developed a range of lactose free dairy products comprising more than 400 SKUs. Valio’s patented lactose free process technology is now being applied to the new instant Valio Eila® lactose free milk powders.

Serving the needs of growing lactose free business

Valio makes lactose free products available to the increasing business worldwide, supplying Valio Eila® lactose free milk powders to customers for use in their own manufacturing processes, and licensing Valio Eila® lactose free milk technology. The latest additions to the lactose free range are the fully soluble Valio Eila® lactose free instant milk powders.

Food and beverage manufacturers have long been using Valio lactose free milk powders in a variety of applications, ranging from milk chocolate, dairy desserts and ice creams to ready meals, soups and sauces, and even pet foods. Valio is now serving customers in need of instant milk powders, eg. manufacturers of drink powder blends.

Benefits of Valio Eila® lactose free milk powders

Valio developed lactose free milk powders using the same technology as lactose free milk drinks. Valio Eila® lactose free milk powders are used just like regular milk powders, rendering the products lactose free while retaining all the goodness of milk and the natural milky taste. The high protein content enables a 20-25% lower dosage than regular milk powders in the majority of applications.

  Valio Eila® lactose free SMP Typical lactose free SMP (lactose hydrolysed) Valio SMP (regular)
Carbohydrates (total) % 38 53 53
Lactose ‹ 0.1 ‹ 0.1 53
Glucose 19 26.5 -
Galactose 19 26.5 -
Protein 47 34 34
Fat ‹ 1 ‹ 1 ‹ 1
Calcium mg/100g 1400 1200 1200
Dosage g/litre for reconstituted milk 80 100 100

The residual lactose content of Valio Eila® milk powders is less than 0.1% which enables the lactose free claim for most applications. For example, in Nordic countries the limit on ready-to-eat foods is 0.01%, whereas in Germany and Switzerland the figure is 0.1%.

Valio Eila® lactose free milk powders are also gaining ground in other areas like pet foods and powdered health drinks. The high protein and low carbohydrate content makes Valio Eila® milk powders the ideal choice for sports and diet nutrition (e.g. low sugar). The lower carbohydrate content makes Valio Eila® lactose free milk powders easier to handle and store. 

Fast facts about Valio Eila® lactose free milk powders

• Lactose free milk powders are available in three fat levels: skimmed, semi-skimmed and whole milk

• Produced by spray drying high-quality Finnish pasteurised cow's milk

• Lactose is partially removed by filtration and the remaining lactose is enzymatically hydrolysed to glucose and galactose

• Taste remains natural due to Valio’s lactose free technology and unchanged milk mineral composition

• Lactose content is less than 0.1%

• Protein content is higher than in regular milk powders so the dosage can be 20-25% lower

• Less carbohydrates than in regular milk powders

• Instant quality delivered by non-allergenic rapeseed lecithin

• Kosher and Halal certified

• No GMOs

Valio Eila® lactose free milk technology is available on license

Valio Eila® lactose free technology delivered the world’s first truly lactose free milk drink in 2001. Today, more than 100 million litres of lactose free milk is produced worldwide for more than 10 markets utilizing this leading-edge technology. Valio Eila® lactose free milk production technology is available to dairy companies on license.

The licensing agreement package comprises access to the patented production technology, analytical methods, and complete expertise on the production of excellent-tasting lactose free milks.

Valio’s proprietary Fast Track system lowers barriers to entry for new licensees that do not have membrane filtration equipment in place and provides existing partners.  This enables the licensee to test the product in their local market before investing in a membrane filtration unit.