Saturday, September 10, 2016

Feds invest in Vitalus

The federal agriculture department is investing $10 million in Vitalus Nutrition Inc. of Abbotsford, B.C., to help it turn a component of milk into a prebiotic.

Vitalus supplies customized dairy ingredients to the food, beverage and nutraceutical industries.

It owns technology to produce a prebiotic from milk permeate, a milk by-product.

This prebiotic can be used in infant formulations and other foods to enhance their nutritional characteristics, including dairy products and beverages, fruit drinks, and fruit preparations.

The feds say in a news release that “commercializing this new ingredient will help the dairy industry transform a currently unused by-product into a value-added functional food product, helping grow the middle class by creating new economic opportunities in the food processing sector.”