Arla Foods Ingredients launches clean-label ambient yogurt concept

May 4, 2020

Arla Foods Ingredients launched a clean-label concept to help brands meet the growing demand for ambient yogurt in China. 

Arla Foods Ingredients (Basking Ridge, NJ) launched a clean-label concept to help brands meet the growing demand for ambient yogurt (yogurt that does not need to be stored in cold conditions) in China. The new solution uses Nutrilac YO-4575, a 100% natural whey protein that is unique due to its heat-stability and texturizing properties. It keeps ambient products smooth and stable throughout shelf life without the need for additives or preservatives.

According to data from Innova Market Insights, ambient yogurt made up 30 % of China’s entire yogurt market in 2019. There is therefore a great deal of potential for unrefrigerated yogurts with clean labels. To help manufacturers meet the need for unrefrigerated yogurts with clean labels, Arla Foods Ingredients created an ambient stirred yogurt concept containing five all-natural ingredients: skimmed milk, cream (38% fat), Nutrilac YO-4575, sugar and native tapioca starch. It contains more than 3% protein, with Nutrilac YO-4575 providing high-nutritional value due to its high amino acid content.

“Ambient yogurts with a natural label are looking more like a major opportunity to capture a slice of China’s growing yogurt market,” said Torben Jensen, senior category manager, FDP, at Arla Foods Ingredients, in a press release. “Clean-label products are the perfect way for brands to differentiate in the category while tapping into demand for premium products. We’re proud to have developed the first clean-label ambient yogurt. Our concept is delicious, convenient, and made with all-natural ingredients. It offers a premium edge, with an ideal texture, fresh taste, and great stability.”

To highlight the concept’s flavor possibilities, Arla Foods Ingredients is offering it in three varieties: vanilla, peach, and green tea.