Innovate Your Dairy Products With Functional Ingredients

It is easy to see that the dairy industry represents a large segment of the American food industry. Consumers purchase dairy products because they contain essential nutrients such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin D and protein. Be it milk, cheese, yogurt or ice cream, almost every American consumes dairy products on some sort of regular basis.

In their May 2008 report “Functional Foods” Market Research and Consumer Intelligence Report, the Mintel International Group, Ltd., states that consumer interest in functional or fortified foods has gone up from 2002 to 2007 by 63 percent with dairy foods constituting 75 percent of the total functional foods sales. Dairy food manufacturers seeking to position their dairy products in the market with a higher nutritive value and greater consumer appeal should consider incorporating functional ingredients into their product or product line.

Dairy products that are fortified with functional ingredients such as probiotics, omega 3 fatty…

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