The U.S. dairy community continues to make investments for the future of food. Thanks to dairy farmers’ relentless use of careful management and adoption of innovative practices, milk is being produced in the United States in an especially efficient way that nourishes people but also helps protect our planet. One example of this, U.S. Dairy’s bold journey to greenhouse gas (GHG) neutrality, was showcased at the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) 21st World Congress of Food Science & Technology in Singapore early this month.
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International whey processors, researchers, and product developers united with leading nutrition, food, and beverage subject matter experts at the 2022 International Whey Conference (IWC). Held in Chicago from September 11-14, discussions were focused on the bright and innovative future of whey.
From new scientific research and market developments likely to impact the future state of the whey industry, to growing global opportunities for whey ingredient applications, the biennial conference was abuzz with information, trends, and ideas. Many presentations put a spotlight on dairy’s commitment to environmental stewardship and its progress towards greenhouse gas neutrality. Researchers shared how the science on whey ingredient health benefits has expanded beyond protein and muscle health to include lipids, carbohydrates, and metabolic health. Innovative technologies were introduced that further advance the processing and functionality of whey for product development.
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U.S. dairy exports’ strong performance continued in the first half of 2022, following the record-breaking volume and value growth last year. Exports year-to-date are up 27% in value and 2% in volume compared to the same period last year, buoyed by a healing supply chain. In fact, the United States was the only major dairy exporter to see solid growth in exports over the past 12 months (July 2021-June 2022), reinforcing its advantages as the international supplier of choice for dairy products and ingredients.
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The number and range of products powered with dairy protein ingredients continue to climb globally, providing ample opportunities for manufacturers to deliver the health and nutritional benefits of dairy to consumers in new, exciting and delicious ways. An analysis of tracking data from Innova Market Insights confirms this upward growth trajectory by revealing that global food and beverage product introductions made with whey proteins and with milk proteins set new records in 2020.
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As the world navigates unprecedented times, focusing on what matters most is paramount for collective healing—protecting the health and well-being of people and communities alongside careful stewardship of our natural resources.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration, which also charts a history of increasing interest in the entire food supply chain, from who grows our food, where it comes from and how it’s made. Thanks to U.S. dairy farmers’ legacy of relentless dedication to careful management and continuous adoption of innovative practices, they’ve proven emblematic of the sustainability initiatives and environmental mindfulness celebrated on this occasion.