Nutrition Business Journal

Way Forward for Whey

Commodity whey prices high in’04 but trending downward; Glanbia focuses on customers seeking differentiation

Because of its solubility, digestibility, amino acid profile and other characteristics, whey protein has become a popular ingredient in protein supplements, drink mixes and RTD products marketed to bodybuilders and athletes, as well as nutrition bars and other functional foods.

But supply and pricing trends made whey protein a low-margin item for many manufacturers and retailers in 2004. “In the last year or two, whey protein raw material prices have gone up substantially,” said Bria

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