Dairy Carbohydrates


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‘Dairy carbohydrates – a strategic review of opportunities and applications’ (March 2005)

Report #2 in’s ‘Target business opportunities’ series of publications

This report by reveals that apart from lactose, milk contains a number of carbohydrates and carbohydrate derivatives that are being increasingly recognized for their role as food and industrial ingredients, and as such are finding new and emerging applications in a range of situations.

The report is the second in a series of publications entitled ‘Target business opportunities’ and provides an in-depth review of the nature and characteristics of lactose, other dairy carbohydrates, and dairy carbohydrate derivatives – along the identification of prospective market opportunities that these present to dairy companies.

“The essential strategic thrust from this report is that the functional ingredient opportunities stand alone to underscore a tremendous prospective short- to medium-term market opportunity for dairy carbohydrates”, says, publisher of the report, adding “most importantly, these functional ingredient opportunities provide the strategic framework that allows the industry in general, and specific dairy companies, to set about planning to more precisely identify, claim and secure a role as dairy carbohydrate ingredient manufacturers and marketers in a competitively sustainable market arena”.

The report considers strategic business opportunities for dairy carbohydrates. Such opportunities are considered from two quite distinct perspectives:

  • Firstly, recognizing that lactose is growing in terms of strategic opportunities, and that new industry capacity is being brought on stream as technology enables lactose to widen its field of opportunity and application; and
  • Secondly, recognizing that the concept of dairy carbohydrates is not restricted to a perspective on lactose alone. Indeed, lactose derivatives along with minor dairy carbohydrates are emerging as ingredients in their own right, with applications in an increasing orbit of food, functional and other market areas

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