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April 8, 2020

Valio and Palmer Holland join forces to bring lactose free powders to the United States

Valio and Palmer Holland partner for distribution of lactose free milk powders. This is an important opening for both partners in bringing new value-added dairy ingredients to the USA market.

Valio, a Finnish dairy and food company, offers world-class dairy ingredients to fulfil market demand for health requirements including free from, high protein and low sugar. The company manufactures lactose free milk powders and many advanced blends in Finland. The clean Arctic environment combined with strict quality control and animal welfare results one of the cleanest milks in the world. Valio also has zero tolerance for antibiotic residue in milk. Valio’s solutions, expertise and natural ingredients can be used in various applications from special nutrition to confectionery and dairy.

Timo Pajari, SVP, Valio International Sales, says: “We are happy to find a partner who sees the value in innovation and high-quality products. Palmer Holland has great experience in serving the needs of the food industry and creating value for food businesses in USA. This partnership fits perfectly into our ambition of serving customers even better with a portfolio of clean-label, sustainable and on-trend food solutions.

Around 70 percent of the world’s population suffers from lactose intolerance. The awareness of digestive wellness and lactose intolerance is increasing all over the world, and people are looking for ways to adjust their diet. This means that there is a rapidly growing demand for healthy and great tasting lactose free products. Valio’s patented technology makes Valio Eila® lactose free milk powders unique in the market.”

“Our new commercial partnership with Valio strengthens our cornerstone of ‘Natural Nutrition’ specialty solutions for our customer base and provides them with a truly unique ingredient option.  In addition to being lactose-free, the Valio Eila® milk powders offer protein enhancement as well as reductions in sugars and carbohydrates, so the health and wellness contribution of the final products are significantly enhanced.  The lactose-free market in the United States continues to expand and innovate, offering consumers additional options across several segments.  Valio’s global presence, strength of scale and commitment to quality make them the ideal partner for our customers and us!”, says Bret Horace, Business Director – Health and Nutrition, Palmer Holland.

About Palmer Holland

Established in 1925 as Palmer Supplies Company, today Palmer Holland is a North American specialty chemical and ingredient distributor of raw materials headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with 40+ account managers and ingredient consultants stationed across the United States. We are a private, employee-owned company which allows us greater flexibility in the marketplace and a dedicated platform for long-term success. This flexibility enables us to provide our customers and principals with the most effective and efficient solutions. Our partners are rooted in the areas of Agriculture, CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers), Health & Nutrition, Lubricants, and Plastics. For more information about Palmer Holland, please visit our website at

About Valio

Valio, offering the taste of Nordic nature since 1905, is a brand leader and the biggest dairy business in Finland and a major player in the international dairy ingredients market. The company is owned by dairy cooperatives comprising some 4,700 dairy farmers.  Our product development follows in the footsteps of Nobel Prize winner A. I. Virtanen, and the company holds 350 patents in 50 countries. Valio has net sales of EUR 1.78 billion and is Finland’s biggest food exporter. Valio products are found in some 60 countries and account for 25 % of Finland’s total food exports. Valio seeks strong growth in international markets and has subsidiaries in Russia, Sweden, the Baltics, USA and China. Read more at