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Kids & Teens – Growing Bodies

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Growing Bodies 

We often think of toddlers as fussy eaters, but it turns out pre-teens and teens can give them a run for their money. They’ll eat anything in their path in some ways, but getting them to make healthy choices regarding their diet is an entirely different story. Pre-teen and teen-aged kids are active and burning many calories in a day, so focusing on ingredients that provide energy and satiety throughout the day is a good start. Food and beverage options that offer positive health benefits like protein, calcium, and immunity support in formats that kids and teens are excited about can help parents make sure their hungry teen is well taken care of. 

Nutritional Needs 

Important Nutrients Include1

  • Protein 
  • Carbohydrates
  • Calcium 
  • Iron 
  • Zinc 
  • Vitamin D  

Supporting Insights 

The pandemic has had an effect on some of the choices parents make regarding at home snacking. 53% of households with kids are snacking more since the pandemic, compared to only 38% of households without kids. 85% of parents said they have bought healthier snack options to have on hand at home, compared to only 66% of households without kids1

High quality, natural ingredients and nutrient rich are the top two factors most important to parents. More than 3 in 4 parents (77%) indicated they were aware of the amount of protein their child had consumed. Even more were aware of fiber. Fiber and calcium were the top two nutritional aspects parents were aware of.2

The leading micronutrients in product launches designed specifically for kids are3

  • Vitamin C 
  • Vitamin D 
  • Calcium 
  • Vitamin B3 
  • Vitamin B1 
  • Iron 

Glanbia Nutritionals Solutions 


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Birthday Cake Milk Protein Crisps 


According to Mintel, 95% of US adults snack daily, and 70% are snacking two or more times per day4. Kids and teens are no different. According to a survey of US households, those with children under 18 are more likely to have purchased in most snack categories than those without, especially in salty snacks like cheese snacks, popcorn, and pretzels5. In many cases, kids and teens are just as on-the-go as their parents, shuffling from school to sports and other after-school activities. Snacks for kids and teens need to be convenient, healthy, and tasty. 

Key Benefits 

  • 5 g protein per serving 
  • 6% Daily Value of calcium 
  • Healthy snacking option 

Glanbia Nutritionals Ingredients

Crunchie™ Milk Protein Bites: Larger high protein extruded bites made with milk protein and rice starch delivering superior texture and flavor for a protein snack or cereal. 

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. 


Kids High Protein Drinkable Yogurt


Let’s talk protein for a minute. Protein is considered a building block of life6 and crucial for good health7. Protein supports enzyme and hormone production, provides satiety and energy, and helps repair hair, skin, nails, and muscle6. Therefore, it is critical that children and teens get enough protein in their diet8. Still, it’s tough to find protein solutions for kids, especially if you’re looking for clean-label and low-sugar options. This is where a high-protein, ambient (oh, the convenience!) drinkable yogurt can save the day. Glanbia Nutritionals UltraHi™ Protein Yogurt Technology is a unique, patent-pending technology creating 8-25% protein yogurt products. Its combination of processes and ingredients allowing for the creation of different textures and dairy formats (spoonable, spreadable, drinkable), bringing consumers a clean-label, high protein yogurt drink in a convenient, shelf-stable form. 

Key Benefits 

  • 18 g of protein per serving 
  • Clean label – only six ingredients 
  • Shelf-stable 

Glanbia Nutritionals Ingredients

UltraHi™ Protein Yogurt Technology: A unique, patent-pending technology allowing for the creation of 8-25% protein yogurt products. 


Immunity Support Refresher 


At this point, we probably don't need to convince you that immune-boosting products are increasing in popularity across the board. Still, we'll sprinkle a few stats in here just to confirm. 41% of VMS users use them for immune-system support9. 59% of consumers are either currently using (13%) or interested in using (46%) in functional beverages that have immune-boosting ingredients10. And don't forget the kiddos! 26% of US parents say if they were to create their ideal baby/toddler food, it would provide immune-health11. So there you have it. Immune-boosting products are growing and we only expect that trend to continue. So, why not give kids a refreshingly easy way to get some of those much needed immune-boosting nutrients? Sign us up! 

Key Benefits 

  • Supports a healthy immune system 
  • Refreshing and unique 
  • Convenient format 

Glanbia Nutritionals Ingredients

All N™ Off-the-Shelf Immunity Premix: This All N Off-the-Shelf premix has been pre-formulated with active ingredients, ready to use as a base for new product formulations. Our Immunity premix delivers a source of scientifically supported ingredients to help support immunity. This blend features the specialized active ingredient EpiCor®. EpiCor®: A unique and natural fermentation ingredient comprised of dozens of compounds and metabolites that work together to help support your immune system by balancing immune response. It acts like a multivitamin for your immune system. 

  • CuroWhite®: A white curcumin* with milder taste and smell than traditional curcumin making it ideal for many applications such as tablets, capsules, ready-to-mix powders, and functional foods. 
  • Vitamin C: Responsible for orchestrating the human immune system’s function by supporting various aspects of both the innate and adaptive immune system. In humans, severe vitamin C deficiency has been associated with impairments in immunity.12 
  • Zinc: Essential for immunity and affects multiple aspects of the immune system3. Crucial for normal development and function of cells mediating innate immunity, neutrophils, and NK cells.13 
  • *Curcumin: Traditionally used for Ayurvedic practices and has been demonstrated to be a potent immunomodulatory agent. Modulates the activation of T cells, B cells, macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, and dendritic cells.14 

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1. The Hartman Group, Snacking: Emerging, Evolving and Disrupted, October 2020.
2. FMCG Gurus, Early Life Nutrition – US, January 2019. 
3. Mintel, product launches for kids in US since 2017. 
4. Mintel. Snack, Nutrition, and Performance Bars. US. February 2020. 
5. Mintel. Trending Flavors & Ingredients in Snacks. US. March 2021. 
6. Mintel. Targeting health-minded parents with kids protein bars. US. September 2020. 
7. 9 Important Functions of Protein in Your Body. Accessed March 2021. 
8. SFGate. Lack of Protein in Children. November 2018. 
9. Glanbia Nutritionals Proprietary Weekly COVID Survey, Data collected 2/22/2021. 
10.The Hartman Group, Functional Food & Beverage and Supplements, April 2020. 
11. Mintel. A year of innovation in baby milk & food. August 2020. 
12. Nutrition and Immunity pp 81-102. 
13. Mol Med. 2008 May-Jun; 14(5-6): 353–357. 
14. Am J Clin Nutr. 1998 Aug; 68(2 Suppl):447S-463S. 1. J Clin Immunol. 2007 Jan;27(1):19-35.

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