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Finnish dairy and food company Valio has inked a deal with DKSH on the distribution of special milk powders to Valio’s industrial customers in the Asian market.

Valio says the partnership will help it in the growth for its dairy-based ingredients, which are ideal for special nutrition such as nutrition for elderly people or athletes.

“Valio and DKSH see a lot of collaboration potential in the market for various gut-friendly, value-added, and wellness products,” the company said in a statement

Milk protein is regarded as one of the most nutritious of natural protein sources, according to Valio which has conducted scientific research on the properties of milk for more than 100 years.

The majority of the population in South-East Asia is not able to enjoy dairy products because of the lactose in milk.

“Industry-tailored, lactose-free Valio Eila® products are an example of our pioneering and research-based product development. Thanks to our unique technology, they are gut-friendly and can be enjoyed also by people who typically can’t consume milk products,” says Timo Pajari, Senior Vice President heading Valio’s international sales of special milk powders.

“Valio’s special milk powders can be used to add protein to snacks for athletes, for example, or to lower the sugar content in chocolate without compromising taste and quality. With our diverse range of products and our leading expertise, we can help food industry companies to introduce completely new products that meet people’s changing needs.”

Valio, a Finnish dairy and food company owned by 4,300 dairy farmers, has operated in the South-East Asian market for years.

“We are very pleased to enter a distribution agreement with Valio in several key markets across South-East Asia and Taiwan. The company’s high-quality milk powders, from fresh Finnish milk that is pure and clean combined with modern technology, are an excellent fit for our product portfolio in several applications such as confectionery & bakery, dairy and ready meals. The products will be advantageous to our large customer base in Asia due to their protein content, taste and other benefits,” says Cesar Saez, Vice President Global Food & Beverage Ingredients, DKSH.

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