Havero Hoogwegt is a subsidiary of Hoogwegt Group, the world's largest privately owned dairy ingredient provider. Active in all major dairy producing and consuming markets, it can draw upon 50 years' experience to provide full application support and market availability of a full range of dairy proteins, including casein, isolates and hydrolysates. The combination of Polmlek's high standard of milk processing and Havero Hoogwegt's expertise in global whey markets promises to be a successful one.
Whey protein concentrate (WPC) consumption is increasing. It is used in high-end nutritional applications like sports and infant nutrition because of its unique amino acid profile, as well as the textural properties it brings to many food applications in the dairy and bakery industries.
Recognising WPC's potential, Polmlek decided to invest in a state-of-the-art processing facility that fulfilled the highest hygiene standards and contained the most modern cross-flow filtration techniques. Close collaboration with experts from the infant nutrition industry ensured that the factory design met the most exacting standards for food ingredient production.
Polmlek is capable of controlling the full chain from milk to protein concentrate. Having its own cheese production and strict quality control procedures for ingoing milk has enabled it to optimise the liquid whey production process.
This is vital, as protein consumption, which is mainly driven by elderly people, is growing by 7-8 % every year, while cheese production is only growing by 2%. As a consequence, the volume of accessible liquid whey is expected to decline, which will affect the price of raw materials.
Full chain control and state-of-the-art facilities enable Polmlek not only to meet the physical and microbial needs of today's industry, but also to guarantee excellent organoleptic properties. Already important, this is expected to become essential over time; while the main use of WPC has historically been dedicated athletes, protein-fortified products that complement an active lifestyle by helping to prevent muscle loss are about to become mainstream.