Arla Foods Ingredients launches electrolyte and whey protein beverage for sports recovery




20 Oct 2022 — Arla Foods Ingredients, based in Denmark, introduces a functional drink that supports rehydration and regeneration. The RTD sports nutrition solution contains Lacprodan SP-9213, a whey protein isolate that the company says is able to maintain its functionality when combined with electrolytes.

The new drink targets what the company describes as two of the most important goals in sports nutrition — replenishing lost fluids and accompanying electrolytes, and promoting muscle recovery.

“It’s a combination that many of our customers have asked us for, and we’re excited to help them meet two of the biggest needs in sports nutrition,” said Mathias Toft Vangsoe, Sales Development Manager, Health and Performance Nutrition at Arla Foods ingredients.

Achievement of nutritional goals
According to the company, studies have shown that just 2% dehydration during exercise can reduce performance by up to 10%. In addition, it notes that consumers are increasingly aware of the potential impact of hydration and electrolytes on physical performance and athletic performance.

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The functional beverage range combines protein and electrolytes to support peak athletic performance.Additionally, the company states that science has conclusively shown that protein intake between workouts and workouts can promote maximum muscle recovery and increase performance.

The company further states that up to 43% of sports nutrition consumers are looking for additional protein in their training and fitness products, with 23% reiterating a preference for products containing electrolytes.

“The high-protein and high-hydration trends are two of the most important drivers in sports nutrition right now – as evidenced by the popularity of functional waters,” emphasizes Vangsoe. “This new concept shows how brands can help consumers rehydrate and recover at the same time with beverages that contain both electrolytes and high-quality protein.”

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All win, no loss
The functional ingredients player says its new drink exemplifies how brands and companies can meet sports nutrition needs “without sacrificing taste”. The drink comes in a 500ml bottle and contains 25g of Lacprodan SP-9213, which allows for on-pack claims such as “contains electrolytes”, “high protein”, “low lactose” and “low sugar”.

The company also confirms that the RTD drink has a refreshing and light taste that pairs well with a variety of flavors.

It features the beverage at SupplySide West 2022 in Las Vegas, USA, along with two other products. Protein In Every Layer is a protein bar, also made from the company’s premium Lacprodan range of milk and whey proteins.

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Whey More Powerful is another whey protein offering with pure beta-lactoglobulin Lacprodan BLG-100 – an ingredient shown to improve protein absorption in patients with chronic kidney disease due to its low phosphorus content.

The offering features 45% more leucine than is available in the other whey protein isolates currently commercially available.

Edited by William Bradford Nichols

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