Sports nutrition & active lifestyle

As a global whey and milk ingredients producer, LACTALIS Ingredients offers a comprehensive range of ingredients suitable for sports nutrition to provide all the solutions needed for dairy sourcing.

Market overview

Sports nutrition has undergone an incredible decade of development with the expansion of its consumer base. This growth has occurred not just in sports nutrition’s major markets (the US, the UK, Australia), but in other regions, such as Asia. Interest in sports nutrition is also expanding from its typical core users (bodybuilders and performance athletes) to a broader range of consumers focused on fitness and healthy living. These consumers have joined the category due to increased interest in protein from a nutritional perspective and are using products that are easy to use (bars, Ready-to-Drinks (RTDs)).

Sports nutrition market is dynamic everywhere but regional differences must be considered. In absolute terms, the traditional major markets continue to dominate and are still expected to grow, but Asia Pacific will be the region with the higher pace of growth in the future. This expansion is already happening in adjacent industries, such as vitamins and dietary supplements.

For the next few years, some trends impacting the market will include:

  • Transparency/ clean label: consumers are looking for products with a reduced number of ingredients or more familiar ingredients that can optimise performance while keeping healthy.
  • Healthy snacks: protein bars and beverages record the fastest growth as consumers are looking for convenient and nutritious products, which allow space for high protein and 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 the environment are driving consumer purchases.

Protein products are the most popular products of the category, representing around 80% of the sports nutrition market, and will continue to be a driver.

Our range for protein products

LACTALIS Ingredients has developed a range of nutritional ingredients for sports nutrition to formulate competitive and/or premium finished goods. We offer a range of functional and nutritional proteins adapted to the different needs of this market:

  • Pronativ® 80/95, native whey protein with high efficiency in muscle function
    • 80% to 95 % protein on dry basis
    • Regular or instant (sunflower lecithin)
    • French or US origin
    • Low lactose quality to formulate lactose free products
  • Laktein – Whey protein concentrate and isolate
    • 80% to 90% protein on dry matter
    • Also available with very low fat content
  • WPC80/WPI range, whey protein concentrate and isolate
    • Regular or instant (soya or sunflower lecithin)
    • 80% to 90 % protein on dry basis

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