Fonterra’s ingredients business NZMP has developed a new Low Lactose Instant Whole Milk Powder, catering to lactose-intolerant consumers. Launched this month at the 2017 Gulfood exhibition in Dubai, the powder contains less than 2 percent lactose.

“NZMP Low Lactose Instant Whole Milk Power opens up new market opportunities in populations that traditionally avoid lactose,” said Andrew Maude, consumer powders category director, NZMP Marketing, Fonterra. “The high perception of lactose intolerance means there is significant, growing demand for low-lactose foods, particularly in Asia, the Middle East and West Africa.”

Low-lactose is, in fact, one of the fastest-growing sectors of the dairy industry. Global values of lactose food topped NZ$9 billion in 2015 and are expected to grow at 6 percent year-on-year over the 2015-2020 period, with 80 percent of this growth being driven by low-lactose dairy.

“The main reason people avoid dairy is because they feel bloated after drinking milk. But if you have a problem with lactose, you don’t have to give up dairy to avoid feelings of discomfort. Low-lactose milk means you can keep drinking and enjoying milk,” said Angela Rowan, general manager nutrition, Fonterra.