Formulating clean label dairy foods: Insights and innovations

With no standard definition for the term “clean label,” food and beverage processors do their best to listen to consumers and formulate products that meet their desires in a particular category. When it comes to dairy foods, many consumers look beyond the ingredient statement and believe that processors’ business practices and principles are part of their clean label strategy. This is one of the dairy industry’s greatest strengths — its farm-to-fridge approach to sourcing, manufacturing and distributing dairy foods.

Yashar Shakarami, application technologist-sweet flavors, Sensient Flavors: As consumers become more educated with reading labels, the general feeling is less is more. This is true especially in dairy, where there is this perception of wholesomeness. There is also the perception of milk from cows that have not been treated with growth hormones as being clean and simple.

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