Valio and Palmer Holland team up for distribution deal for lactose free powders

Finnish dairy and ingredients business Valio and Palmer Holland have agreed a partnership in the US for distribution of lactose free milk powders, with broad confectionery application.

As the two firms noted, the move will enable consumers a significant increase in access to such value-added products for the region.

Valio offers dairy ingredients to fulfil market demand for health requirements including free from, as well as high protein and low sugar options. The company manufactures lactose free milk powders and many advanced blends. The clean Arctic environment of its Scandinavian production facilities, 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.

Timo Pajari, SVP, Valio International Sales, commented: “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% 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.”

Bret Horace, Business Director – Health and Nutrition, Palmer Holland, welcomed the deal between the two businesses, which he believed. would have a notable impact.

He said: “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 an ideal partner.”

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