Whey can extend shelf-life of protein bars

By Noli Dinkovski

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Bars retain a chewy texture for 12 months or more in ambient conditions, Arla claims
Bars retain a chewy texture for 12 months or more in ambient conditions, Arla claims

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The notoriously short shelf-life of protein bars may be a thing of the past thanks to a new whey protein that, according to its maker, can keep them soft for at least a year.

Derived from cows’ milk, Nutrilac PB-8420 ensures protein bars retain a chewy texture for 12 months or more in ambient storage conditions, said Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI).

AFI showcased a 28% protein apple and coconut bar using the whey at the IFT17 Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Las Vegas at the end of June.

Neutral tasting protein water

Also on display was a protein water formulated with AFI’s Lacprodan DI-9213, a whey protein isolate claimed to be neutral in taste and easily absorbed into the body.

In addition, visitors were able to sample a chocolate cookie made with whey protein Nutrilac YO-8075. AFI said the protein gives the end-product “a crunchy texture and excellent taste”​.

“These solutions all address common problems with texture and taste, opening the door to new product development that will tap into the growing popularity of high protein products,”​ said Inge Lise Povlsen, senior category manager for bakery and beverages at AFI.

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