Consumers understand that protein satisfies hunger, fuels performance and aids lean muscle growth. To take advantage of their demand for foods and beverages that are both nutritious and delicious, formulate with whey protein.
Whey protein is an ideal protein for consumption throughout the day. It ranks at the top of protein scoring methods such as BV (biological value) and PER (protein efficiency ratio) because whey protein is quickly absorbed and utilized by the body. A complete protein, whey protein contains all the amino acids humans need for good health. It’s formulation-friendly, too, with a neutral flavor, water binding activity, and stability across a variety of processing methods.
Hilmar Ingredients is a U.S.-based manufacturer of functional whey proteins and high-quality lactose. We provide technical, processing and formulation assistance. We have a fully equipped pilot kitchen and research lab, staffed by experienced protein and application scientists. We can help you discover the advantage of dairy in your food or beverage.
Whey Protein Isolates
Naturally derived from fresh, sweet whey, Hilmar™ Whey Protein Isolates are complete proteins – with all the amino acids in an optimum blend for human health. At 90% protein, WPIs deliver a maximum level of protein with almost no fat or carbohydrate. Couple those nutritional advantages with formulation advantages that include clarity, clean taste and selectable viscosity, there is almost no beverage that can’t be improved with WPI.
With thin-as-water viscosity, Hilmar™ WPIs make possible light beverages, such as fortified waters and isotonics. Protein shots can have protein concentrations of 18 or 19% without unpalatable thickening. Acid and heat stability allow Hilmar™ WPIs to withstand the rigors of juice fortification, pasteurization and heat processing.
Hilmar™ 9420 is designed specifically for clear, low pH applications where it reduces overall astringency. Hilmar™ 9400 has a clean flavor and is ideal in neutral or transparent beverages and soups. Hilmar™ 9410 instantized WPI has spoon-stirrable dispersibility for dry mix applications.
Hilmar™ 9000 and instantized Hilmar™ 9010, with neutral flavor and favorable mineral profile, are practical fortification choices for most liquid systems.
Hilmar™ WPIs are also excellent choices for improving the nutrition in foods like snack bars, frozen desserts, baked goods and soups or sauces.
Hilmar™ 8800 Alpha-Lactalbumin Enriched WPC
It’s the unique amino acid profile of alpha-lactalbumin, one of milk’s major whey proteins, that’s intriguing. Like all whey proteins, it has the full complement of essential amino acids needed for good health. But alpha-lactalbumin also has a higher concentration of two specific amino acids – tryptophan and cystine – thought to have influence on cognitive performance, sleep efficiency and mood support during stress. In addition, alpha-lactalbumin may play a role in enhancing the body’s ability to absorb minerals, such as zinc, immunomodulation and regulation of gut micro flora.
Hilmar™ 8800 alpha-lactalbumin enriched 80% WPC is designed to help manufacturers take advantage of alpha-lactalbumin’s health benefits along with the expected functional benefits of whey protein. Providing critical amino acids for energy and health, Hilmar™ 8800 also gives an extra pop of phospholipids for their essential roles in cellular structure and activity. With its heat and acid stability, high solubility and low glycemic load, Hilmar™ 8800 is ideal for sports or health products – RTD and dry mix beverages, food bars and supplements.
Whey Protein Hydrolysates
Whey proteins contain bioactive components that may positively affect cardiovascular health. In particular, these components can inhibit activity of the body’s angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), which causes blood vessels to constrict, and thereby help to reduce blood pressure. When produced under specific manufacturing conditions, including selected enzymes and other hydrolysis parameters, whey protein hydrolysates have been shown to be an especially good source of this ACE inhibition effect.
Hilmar Ingredients employs just such conditions when producing the Hilmar line of whey protein hydrolysates. All contain ACE inhibition activity as well as having individual advantages. From Hilmar™ 8350, which is “debittered” compared with competing WPHs, to the tabletting ability of Hilmar™ 8380, to the food/energy bar improvements of Hilmar™ 8370, these and the other Hilmar™ WPHs provide options for a wide range of heart-health and wellness applications.
High Purity Lactose
Hilmar Ingredients’ lactose provides a key source of carbohydrate that contributes to the overall value of a food or beverage.
Extensive investment in refining processes enables us to offer lactose in three progressively more purified grades: edible, refined edible and ultra refined. Along with purity grades, Hilmar™ lactose is available in several mesh sizes including traditional 100 and 200 mesh. Through an investment in milling technology and knowledge of moisture migration, we also offer a superior, finely milled 325 mesh lactose for high-end confectionery use.
Our California headquarters is the world’s largest single-site manufacturing operation for cheese and whey products. It’s also home to our new Innovation Center that contains the latest pilot plant and applications equipment, test kitchen and sampling area. A second facility in Dalhart, Texas, expands the flexibility of our whey protein production, assuring customers of consistent, year-round product availability. And our proximity to the Ports of Oakland (CA) and Houston (TX) allows for easy access to the world’s markets. We are FSSC 22000 certified and both facilities meet the requirements of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) for food safety systems. Our products are Kosher, Halal and EU certified. At Hilmar Ingredients, we take seriously our responsibility to manage our business in a manner that balances economic, social and environmental sustainability.