The development of BevEdge Whey Protein A-220W was based on the company’s desire to expand its dairy protein technologies and customer inquiries for a whey protein powder with easy dispersability that can be used with different flavors, according to the company.
“We also looked at gaps in the market and the changes in consumers,” Vicky Fligel, Glanbia Nutritionals’ senior product manager, functional systems, told BeverageDaily.
The global sports nutrition market was $28.37bn in size in 2016 and is projected to reach $45.27bn in 2022 with beverages accounting for the largest share of the category, according to Zion Market Research. However, within the whey protein drinks market non-fruit flavors like chocolate and vanilla dominate the shelves.
Improved clarity and texture
A pre-acidified whey protein isolate means a lower pH (under 3.5) allowing Glanbia to venture into a more “citric-type of flavors” and improves the clarity with better dispersability of the protein powder drink mix, Fligel added.
Its large, uniform particle size reduces ‘powderiness,’ dusting, and clumping, while improving ‘flowability’ for easier blending and canister delivery and providing more than 82% of a daily protein content, the company said.
In addition, BevEdge Whey Protein A-220W is lecithin-free, contains no soy, and can be labeled as “whey protein isolate, citric acid” by protein powder brand manufacturers fitting into consumer demand for clean-label products, according to Glanbia.
“BevEdge Whey Protein A-220W is visually appealing and disperses as well or better than protein powders made with soy or sunflower lecithin. It mixes easily with a spoon or shaker,” Glanbia said.
“In addition to creating new opportunities especially in the sports and lifestyle markets for citrus- and berry-flavored powdered drink mixes, BevEdge Whey Protein A-220W offers many benefits in powdered beverage processing, as well.”