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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Valio Moves Lactose Free Milk Across Europe and into Asia

Valio Ltd. has marketed a lactose free milk in Finland, it's home country, since 2001. It's a milk unlike most lactose free milks in the United States. Those have a sweet taste, because they use the lactase enzyme to break down the lactose into simpler sugars that are much sweeter than lactose. Valio uses a chromatographic separation process that physically removes the lactose. Lactose itself is so mildly sweet that removing it makes less of a difference. The process works so well that less than 0.01% of the lactose is left, allowing the milk to be considered lactose free.

Valio has since introduced its milk to lactose intolerant customers in Belgium (Valio brand), Sweden (Valio), Switzerland (Emmi) and Spain (Kaiku sin lactosa) in Europe and has now moved into the potentially huge Asian market with its Maeil brand milk in South Korea. Check out this chart of countries, brands, and types of milk. ESL (extended shelf life) means shelf stable brick packs; UHT (ultra high temperature pasteurization) means longer shelf life fresh milk.

Valio is also the parent company of Finlandia Cheese which sells lactose-free cheeses in the U.S.

Contact info for Valio in Finland is:
Valio Ltd, Head Office
Meijeritie 6, PO Box 10
00039 VALIO, Helsinki
Finland


Tel. +358 1038 1121
Fax +358 9 562 5068


You can also use their web site to send a message directly from their contact us page.

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