Dairy products

As part of LACTALIS Group, the leading dairy company in the world, LACTALIS Ingredients leverages over 85 years of dairy tradition to deliver technical expertise and offer a sweeping range of ingredients adapted to dairy applications such as yoghurts, recombined dairy products or ice cream.

Market overview

Dairy products have the highest sales in the packaged product category (GlobalData 2020) and show some of the fastest innovation growth in the food industry. Dairy category is dynamic everywhere, but regional differences are significant. Africa is more oriented towards dairy drinks, as is Asia, where functional milks are particularly popular. In the Middle East, all categories of dairy products are dynamic, but this is especially the case for yoghurts and drinking yoghurts. Finally, Europe and North America show a growing demand for dairy desserts, with a strong trend for ethnic yoghurts (skyr, kefir, etc.), particularly in Europe.

Main drivers in the dairy products category are:

  • Healthy snacks: consumers are looking for convenient products that are both indulgent and nutritious. This demand creates a space for dairy products with a beneficial effect on digestive, immune and mental health, such as products rich in protein and fibre, in addition to on-the-go formats.
  • Sustainability: environmental and ethical issues are a rising focus. While organic is still an important factor in developing countries, in mature markets, concerns about animal welfare, farmers’ wellbeing and environment drive consumer purchases.

Our range for yoghurts

Yogurts have a positive image and are considered nutritious dairy products. Both spoonable and drinkable yoghurts are a way to meet the growing consumer demand for healthy snacking with:

  • higher protein intake
  • less fat
  • less sugar


Yoghurt manufacturers want a homogeneous and stable texture, a rich and creamy mouthfeel, as well as enrichment solutions and recipe cost optimisation. Our ingredients answer these particular needs with:

  • Skimmed milk powder for a milky taste
  • Laktein® WPC 80 to increase gel strength, viscosity and reduce syneresis
  • WPC 35 as a functional source of protein
  • Lactowell whey permeate as a cost effective solution

Our range for dairy beverages

In line with the growing demand for dairy products and “on-the-go” trend, beverages are suitable to different lifestyles and diets. Thanks to their adaptable formulas, our range of dairy solutions can meet many different needs, including:

  • Protein and milk calcium enrichment
  • Heat stability
  • Protein standardisation
  • Costs savings


Using dairy ingredients will help achieve both nutritional and functional assets:

Our range for recombined dairy products

Recombination is a way of obtaining good quality dairy products in some countries where there is no available fresh milk.

To respond to these particular needs, dairy ingredients can be used to produce UHT milk, sweet condensed milk, yoghurts, or cheese. Our customers have precise expectations regarding ingredients they are looking for, including:

  • Dairy flavour
  • Texturising properties
  • Creamy mouthfeel
  • Easy incorporation
  • Recipe cost optimization


We provide solutions for recombined dairy products such as:

Our range for ice cream and frozen desserts

The ice-cream market is mainly driven by pleasure and new healthier solutions (clean label, natural and authentic recipes) in developed countries. In emerging regions, the consumption is fast developing thanks to impulse buying.

Each kind of ice cream (bulk, soft, Italian-style or extruded ice cream) requires specific functionalities:

  • Extrusion capacity
  • Meltdown delay
  • Shrinkage reduction
  • Emulsification properties
  • Recipe costs optimization


For all these requirements, we offer dairy solutions such as:

  • Dairy powders to bring milky taste, extrusion capacity and shrinkage resistance
  • Buttermilk powders to enhance taste and creaminess
  • Anhydrous milk fat and butter to improve texture and organoleptic qualities
  • Whey proteins (Laktein 30, Fromy 35, Pronativ® 80) to optimise meltdown delay and creaminess
  • High fluidity Flowhey® sweet whey powders to enhance creaminess while reducing recipe costs.