The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breast feeding for the first 6 months and Lactalis Ingredients fully supports this recommendation. For baby, breast milk is the best nutrition, the most adapted to its needs. Before using infant formula instead of breast milk, consumers should first speak to a health care professional.
Babies have specific needs throughout their development: nutrients, vitamins, proteins, fats and energy. Human breast milk is able to provide every single component that a baby requires and has the wonderful ability to evolve as the baby grows. Infant formula compositions need to be as close as possible to that of breast milk at every stage of a baby’s development. Each formula, from first-age to follow on to growing up milks, thus tries to integrate most of the major components naturally present in breast milk to ensure healthy baby growth.
The infant milk formula market registered constant growth for several years in response to the growing population and to increased numbers of employed women. The global demand for infant formula is expected to grow by +2,2% within the next five years (Source : Euromonitor 2018). This growth will be principally driven by Asia, particularly China.
Studies indicate that today’s parents are more knowledgeable about their babies’ nutritional needs and seek healthy products that will enhance their infant’s development from birth through the toddler years. It’s therefore crucial to create formulations that will help babies to properly develop and grow.
Infant milk formula is driven by innovations that helps best meet babies’ needs. Specific ingredients, such as Lactoferrin, alpha lactalbumine, organic dairy ingredients, goat milk, milk fat are new ingredients with real nutritional benefits that help diversify and add value to infant milk formulas.
We are working on the following trends to develop our range:
LACTALIS Ingredients has developed a full range of highly nutritious dairy ingredients designed to meet the specific needs of infant formula and baby food. Gastrointestinal comfort, cognitive development and formula optimization are some of our main concerns.
Ensuring safe dairy ingredients with a consistent nutritional profile is crucial to satisfying infant milk formula requirements. We monitor the components of our powders and each step of the process to guarantee high quality dairy ingredients.
As a producer of fat filled milk powders, Lactalis Ingredients has a direct Forest Footprint. As part of our efforts to reduce this footprint we have decided to switch 100% of our purchased palm oil volumes used for our fat filled milk powders to RSPO Mass Balance certified palm oil.
Lactalis Ingredients is expanding its milk powder range with a new organic whole milk powder.
The international FIC trade show focused on food additives and ingredients will be held from June 8 to 10 2021 in Shanghai. We are very pleased to meet and share again our vision and latest innovation with our customers.