Proliant launches VersiLac as a solution to high whey powder and lactose prices

Proliant launches VersiLac as a solution to high whey powder and lactose prices

Proliant Dairy Ingredients offers food manufacturers VersiLac®, an innovative dairy solids ingredient.

Recently, both whey powder and lactose prices have reached near all-time highs.  These prices could remain at historic high averages as production shifts towards high protein whey products and lactose demand from infant formula and milk powder producers remains insatiable.  While this is not the first time dairy prices have risen so quickly, unlike the last run-up in 2007 when food formulators could reformulate with less costly corn and corn-based alternatives, corn prices today are also significantly higher than average.  
Fortunately, food manufacturers now have a better reformulation option with VersiLac®, the highly versatile and innovative dairy solids ingredient from Proliant Dairy Ingredients.
In VersiLac®, food formulators have a high quality, low cost, dairy-based alternative to many higher priced dairy ingredients.  Research at Proliant continues to show that VersiLac® is a highly versatile dairy ingredient that can successfully replace whey powder, lactose, or nonfat dry milk / skim milk powder in a variety of food systems while maintaining a consistent dairy-based label vs. a corn-based label.

Based on Proliant’s most recent applications research trials, the following table shows just a few examples of food systems in which food manufacturers can reformulate using VersiLac® to replace whey powder or lactose.

Whey Replacement
with VersiLac

Lactose Replacement
with VersiLac




Chocolate Candy

Cheese Sauce

Ranch Flavored Potato Chips

Chocolate Candy

Ranch Dip

Hot Cocoa

Ranch Dressing

Ice Cream

Tomato Soup

Pie Crust


Pizza Crust


Ranch Flavored Potato Chips and Dip


Tomato Soup


According to Linda Myhr, Sales Manager at Proliant, “While global demand for high quality food grade whey continues to increase, production capacity continues to restrict as processors shift whey solids to high protein production.  And while higher protein production will lead to more lactose, demand from international infant formula and pharmaceutical customers, as well as milk powder standardization, will continue to press supply available to food manufacturers.”

VersiLac®is a natural, highly dispersible and soluble dairy ingredient.  In controlled research studies focusing on reducing formulation costs, VersiLac®successfully replaced up to 100% of whey powder, lactose, or non-fat dry milk and 10-25% of sugar, cocoa, butter, or salt in select bakery, confectionary, savory, and beverage applications.  And considering the high cost of corn and corn-based ingredients, VersiLac® also demonstrated exceptional versatility in replacing dextrose, maltodextrin, or corn syrup solids.  Reducing ingredient costs provides a significant incentive for food companies to use VersiLac®.  

VersiLac® is produced at Proliant’s Melrose, MN facility and is marketed across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Central and South America through Proliant’s global distribution network.

About Proliant
Proliant Dairy, Inc. has nearly 15 years of experience in dairy products, processing technology, and international marketing and distribution.  Proliant, a wholly-owned company of the Lauridsen Group Inc., manufactures and markets protein products for the food, nutrition, human health, nutraceutical, diagnostic, life science research, biopharmaceutical and veterinary vaccine industries.

Additional information on Proliant can be found at

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