Premium dairy ingredients and innovations to cater to modern consumers’ expectations

This year at HIE, Epi Ingredients – the dry ingredients division of dairy cooperative Laïta and one of the world’s dairy ingredients experts – and ESI Nutrition – Laïta’s new nutrition division – are joining forces to offer visitors a comprehensive range of products, from premium dairy ingredients to ready-to-market nutrition products.

As consumer interest in protein shows no sign of fading, Epi Ingredients entered the protein market a few months ago with EPIPROT 60 UL, innovative ingredient that the company decided to focus on at the show. EPIPROT 60 UL is a milk protein concentrate produced directly from fresh milk using a unique ultra-low heat process which allows for minimal denaturation and optimal functional & nutritional properties. Not only does EPIPROT 60 UL offer superior gelling, emulsifying and water retention capabilities, but it also features the unique ability to provide enhanced creaminess and a rich mouthfeel in low-fat, high-protein applications.

To support this launch, the company also recently rolled out a new finished product concept, SoBenefik, featuring EPIPROT 60 UL. It is a protein-packed yogurt containing 8% protein, live cultures and a rich, extra-creamy texture while being low-fat. With this concept, the goal for Epi Ingredients is not to sell the finished product but merely to showcase the company’s application expertise and to



demonstrate the unique properties of its new protein offering.

Produced using exclusively high-quality dairy powders, cultures and water, SoBenefik is particularly interesting for markets where the fresh milk supply may be limited, or where preserving the integrity of fresh raw milk can be challenging. In addition, at a time when consumers are always on the lookout for ‘better-for-you’ on-the-go options to fulfil their nutritional needs, a high-protein yogurt could be a healthy alternative to higher calorie snacks. Thanks to an ultra-creamy, indulgent mouthfeel and enjoyable dairy flavor, products modeled on SoBenefik could help consumers make the right choice. Experience it yourself by trying one of our samples on the booth!


Health Ingredients Europe will also be an opportunity for Epi Ingredients to remind visitors of its expertise in the field of fermented powders, by showcasing its range of EPILAC premium fermented powders such as yogurt powder, quark powder and fermented milk powder. Indeed, the company has the unique capability to dry blends of milk and live cultures (Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus), keeping them alive throughout the process and into the finished powder, thus possibly contributing to balancing the gut flora and strengthening the immune system.

Beyond these exclusive nutritional properties, all-natural EPILAC powders are a true asset in developing indulgent food and beverages thanks to their strong yet pleasant dairy flavor. They were designed to enhance both taste and texture in a wide variety of applications, offering additional creaminess as well as a touch of yogurt’s natural acidity.

To showcase possible applications as well as to promote the use of “EPILAC Lowfat Yogurt Powder 48”, Epi Ingredients launched the finished product concept SoFlexi last year. SoFlexi is a powdered mix that allows consumers to create fresh yogurt-tasting snacks containing live cultures in seconds. Combining convenience

and versatility while offering the nutritional properties of a traditional yogurt without the downside of being perishable, SoFlexi caters to modern consumers who are always pressed for time and seeking “on-the-go”, convenient snacks that combine indulgence and nutritional balance.


Lastly, Epi Ingredients will also showcase its range of concentrated aromatic products (EMDI) at the show. As of now, it consists of two ingredients: a milk concentrate and a cream concentrate, soon to be joined by concentrated aromatic products directly derived from cheese (camembert, blue cheese, etc.) which are currently being developed. These ingredients are 100% natural flavors (modified dairy ingredients) and contain no additives, no texturing agents and no preservatives. They are offered as a paste and help increase the creamy flavor as well as overall body and smoothness in a broad range of applications without adding any fat, thereby making them an asset in formulating indulgent yet healthy products that offer the bold flavors and authenticity that consumers seek out.


After launching in-house and giving both Gulfood and PLMA visitors a first glance, HIE will be an opportunity for ESI Nutrition to grow international awareness around its brand.

Leveraging 30+ years of expertise in the health & nutrition sector and complete with a dedicated team, this new B to B division is combining existing structures and creating synergies for easier access and enhanced service.

With a production site dedicated to UHT processing and aseptic filling as well as a state-of-the-art drying tower with canning capabilities, both following a GMP Pharma approach, ESI Nutrition is committed to helping brands develop safe, easy-to-use, tasty and healthy nutritional products.

Covering all areas of the health and nutrition sector, from infant formulas to adult nutrition and specialized medical nutrition products, here is a snapshot of ESI Nutrition’s offering:

  • Cans of Stage 1 to Stage 3 infant formula (standard & premium)
  • Pre-packaged liquid milk for infant and expecting mothers, formulated to meet the specific needs of each targeted demographic
  • Food for Special Medical Purpose (FSMP) such as pediatric drinks, gelled water for dysphagia patients, etc.
  • Baby food products such as UHT yogurt-like desserts and puddings
  • Enriched milk powders, high protein/calorie drinks and puddings customized to the specific needs of adult nutrition (diabetic, undernourished, recovering)
  • Diet nutrition products such as high protein dairy beverages, puddings and soups
  • And more!

Examples of nutrition products such as low-carb puddings for diet nutrition, high-calorie & high-protein beverages for clinical nutrition or infant formulas will also be available to sample on the booth.

To meet with Epi Ingredients and ESI Nutrition’s teams as well as discover the company’s latest innovations through multiple samples, stop by stand n° 8K50 at Health Ingredients Europe (November 27th to 29th in Frankfurt); and, in the meantime, feel free to get in touch if you have a question or wish to set up a time to catch up and learn more at the show.

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