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Early Life

Our nutritional solutions meet the highest safety standards and support healthy physical and cognitive development, through all stages of childhood.

From infants, to toddlers, to preschoolers and beyond, we offer safe, science-based solutions you can trust during one of life’s most sensitive and crucial stages.

Bioactive Ingredients

We use advanced processing technologies to make bioactive ingredients, including our popular Bioferrin® lactofferin and TruCal® solutions, that are formulated to help children meet developmental milestones.

Our Solutions

Bioferrin® Lactoferrin

This natural, bioactive milk protein is isolated from fresh, sweet whey using advanced fractionation and separation processing technologies. It’s a natural source of iron, an effective antimicrobial and can support immune function. An excellent solution for infant formula, functional food and beverages and dietary supplements.

CuroWhite™

All of the benefits of curcumin but white for easier manufacturing. The lack of color and the milder taste and smell make it ideal for many applications such as tablets, capsules, powder drink mixes, functional foods, and gummies.

MenaQ7® Vitamin K2 MK-7

This first-in-class, only clinically researched vitamin K2 (MK-7) binds to calcium that gets lodged along the arterial walls and shuttles it to the bone, where it is needed. Only MenaQ7 is clinically validated and patented for cardiovascular benefits. An excellent solution for tablets, capsules, softgels, powder drink mixes and funtional foods.

NeoShield™

A concentrated whey protein produced using our selective transfer membrane system, which concentrates whey components such as Milk Fat Globule Membrane phospholipids, Lactoferrin and Immunoglobulins targeted at supporting toddlers, children and maternal health (pregnant and nursing mothers). An excellent solution for powder drink mixes.

Salibra®

A bioactive whey concentrate enriched with Immunoglobulins, growth factors and Lactoferrin, providing nutrient rich defense for significant stages of life. An excellent solution for powder drink mixes.

TruCal® Milk Mineral Complex

Much more than just calcuim, TruCal is a source of natural milk minerals for optimal bone health. An excellent solution for powder drink mixes, ready-to-drink beverages, capsules, tablets, yogurt, nutrition bars, processed dairy products, bakery, cereals and snacks.

Custom Premix Solutions

Our premix solutions are built around your specifications to achieve optimal nutritional, functional and operational performance.

Browse our Custom Nutrient Premix Solutions for Early Life

Flavors

Whether you want to select from our extensive library, create a precisely-flavored ingredient blend, neutralize off-notes without adding fillers, or make something completely new, we can give your Early Life products a flavor young ones will love.

Our Solutions

Customized Flavors

Experts in creating nutritional solutions, we are very familiar with the flavor challenges that arise in developing great tasting nutritional products. Based on your goals, our flavor chemists, R&D scientists, and application specialists quickly and reliably deliver delicious flavor solutions that address your unique application challenges. We make nutritious delicious.

MaskWell™

Glanbia Nutritionals is an expert in flavoring and masking nutritional products. We have solutions and experience in flavoring and masking vitamins & minerals, protein, plant-based ingredients and an array of other ingredients. Collaborate with us to meet your flavor needs in bars, protein beverages and powdered drink mixes.

Micronutrients

Our vitamins, minerals, amino acids, botanicals and herbs can fortify your Early Life products and provide the essential building blocks children need to grow healthy and strong.

Proteins

Our protein ingredients, including lactose and whey protein concentrates, offer superior nutrition and functional properties—like flavor, solubility and stability—to help your youngest consumers start strong.

Our Solutions

Avonlac® Whey Protein Concentrates

Whey protein concentrates (WPCs) that offer excellent nutritional value and have a pleasant, creamy flavor. They’re completely soluble across a wide pH range, and are available straight or instantized with protein content from 34% to 80%. Avonlac® is an excellent protein fortification option for early life nutrition, dairy products, dry mixes, powder drink mixes and bakery products.

BarFlex® Whey Proteins

Whey protein isolates (WPI) and concentrates (WPC) that enable 100% whey formulations, minimize bar hardening and extends the shelf life of nutritional bars. It’s an excellent source of high-quality protein that gives bars a clean flavor and a long-lasting, chewy texture.

barGAIN® Protein Blends

A unique combination of dairy and plant proteins designed to enhance bar functionality, providing a softer texture, an extended shelf life and a clean flavor profile. It’s a complete protein solution for low-to-moderate protein bars, baked goods and cookies.

BarPro® Milk Protein Isolates

Milk protein isolates (MPI) designed to extend the shelf life of nutrition bars and minimize bar hardening. Truly Grass Fed™ option available. They’re an excellent source of high-quality protein with a short texture and a clean flavor profile.

BevWise® Protein Systems

Protein fortification ingredient systems specifically for use in aseptic and hotfill processing, providing exceptional nutritional attributes and functional benefits to high acid beverages. Benefits include superior clarity, less astringency, improved processing with better dispersion, and reduced processing time/costs.

OptiSol® 1000 Series

A range of functional dairy protein ingredients that improve product processing and flavor, enhance creaminess and texture and support clean label initiatives. rBST free and Grade A options available.

Learn About OptiSol® 1007 Learn About OptiSol® 1005

Provon® Whey Protein Isolates

Highly pure whey protein isolates (WPIs) with very low levels of fat and lactose, containing the full spectrum of undenatured proteins naturally found in whey. Neutrally flavored, soluble in a wide pH range and available straight or instantized with protein content of 90%. Truly Grass Fed™ options available. Excellent protein fortification option for powder drink mixes, bars, dairy/frozen desserts and dry mixes.

Solmiko® Milk Proteins

Milk protein concentrates (MPCs) and milk protein isolates (MPIs) that are excellent sources of native casein and whey proteins. They offer superior flavor, solubility and heat stability and are an ideal solution for neutral pH and other applications where low micro counts, functionality and flavor are critical. Truly Grass Fed™ options available. Ideal for powder drink mixes, ready-to-drink beverages, bars and fresh dairy products.

Thermax® Heat-Stable Whey Proteins

Heat-stable whey proteins that offer excellent nutritional value imparting a clean flavor, depending on degree of hydrolysis. Manufactured from sweet whey using an advanced ultrafiltration process, Thermax® proteins are designed for UHT and retort processing conditions. They’re heat-stable at neutral pH, soluble over a wide pH range and available with protein content from 34% to 90%. An excellent solution for a wide variety of beverages, dairy products and bars and snacks.

Truly Grass Fed™ Proteins

In partnership with our Irish sister company, Glanbia Ireland, the Truly Grass Fed brand offers customers a fully traceable and third party accredited grass fed WPI, MPC and MPI under our Provon®, Solmiko® and BarPro® protein solutions. The Truly Grass Fed brand carries a promise with the Truly Grass Fed seal, a seal which signifies many things including 1) Cows grazed on grass lands for an average of 250 days a year 2) Cows receiving 95% of their nutritional feed from grass 3) Non-GMO Project Verified.

Watson Edible Films

Since the 1960s, Watson’s research and development team has been a pioneer in soluble and edible film technology. Watson’s expertise in film technologies, commitment to quality, and range of processing equipment are unmatched in the industry.

Our Solution

EdiSparklz® Edible Glitter

EdiSparklz are colorful toppings and inclusions that can be used in a wide range of applications. 100% edible, EdiSparklz have no flavor, no sweetness and add no calories. They are available in a wide range of flakes or shapes, and are manufactured in a full spectrum of colors including standard, plant-based and metallic colors. EdiSparklz are a very cost-effective alternative to standard decorative options like sprinkles, and save customers an average of 30% by switching.

Watson Functionally Optimized Nutrients

Watson Functionally Optimized Nutrients are vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, sweeteners, carbohydrates, fats (oils), botanicals, fibers and acids designed to provide specific functionality and benefits as desired by the customer.

These benefits include things like:

  • easier material handling in a powder form
  • reduction in overages resulting in cost savings
  • standardized particle size for more uniform distribution in a blend
  • potency protection and stability during processing and shelf life
  • flavor and odor masking of objectionable tasting ingredients
  • easy dispersion and improved solubility in solution 
Our Solutions

Chelated Nutrients

Watson chelates are nutrients bound to an amino acid or peptide. The word chelate comes from the root word khele, which is Greek for “claw.” The nutrient is bound to another substance, making it more readily absorbed by the body than non-chelated nutrients by shielding them from the effects of other dietary elements in the digestive tract. Ideal for beverages, infant foods, medical foods, specialized fortified foods and supplements.

Granulated & Agglomerated Nutrients

Granulation is a process of forming granules from a powder substance, allowing them to be more easily compressible in tableting. Agglomeration is a form of granulation that involves making particles larger in order for them to become more soluble in liquid or to improve the flowabiltiy of a powder.

For Beverage Formulations

Agglomeration “instantizes” the powder or makes it more dispersible. This involves rewetting the finished powder with a material (soy or sunflower lecithin), allowing the fine particles to stick together to create a much larger particle. When liquid is added, the particle’s large surface area increases its solubility, allowing it to dissolve faster.

For Compressible Tablet Formulations

Granulation and Agglomeration creates a more free-flowing powder. Consistency in physical properties such as flowability, particle size distribution, and compression profile are critical when producing a compressible tablet. All Watson agglomerations and granulations are available in starch-free formulations for use in dietary supplements with special labeling requirements.

Microencapsulated Nutrients

Microencapsulated nutrients have a protective coating called a matrix applied around a small particle called the core or active. The matrix keeps the active ingredient locked in and stabilized until the release of the material is desired. Microencapsulation transforms nutrients in a variety of ways to improve functionality, including masking odors and flavors, improving stability, changing color, changing form, delayed nutrient release. These ingredients are commonly used in dietary supplements, bars, cereals, snacks, powder drink mixes, beverages, infant nutrition, and medical food, to name a few. Methods used include spray drying and fluid bed.

Micronized and Milled Nutrients

Micronizing is the process of reducing the average diameter of a solid material's particles to improve its ability to dissolve in a formulation. Milling is a typical technique that involves spinning spheres in a drum that collide with the particles, making them smaller in diameter. Raw material particle size and morphology are critical characteristics overlooked in processing. Milling and micronizing can be a crucial first or last step in product development. Surface area and particle shape are key facts that must be taken into consideration. Micronizing can help to maximize the products’ surface area, control solubility, reduce mouthfeel and mask off flavors.

Triturated Nutrients

Triturated nutrients are standardized on a carrier for homogeneous distribution in the final blend and for ease of scaling. They can be customized to any level of active to carrier ratio or percentage. The process assures correct dosage and prevention of costly waste and errors. We utilize a wide range of carriers to suit the properties of your finished product, taking into consideration solubility, particle size, special label claims (starch free). Applications include dietary supplements, foods, premixes, and ready-to-mix beverages.

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