Why Use VersiLac®?

VersiLac® is a cost-effective source of dairy solids that can readily replace whey or nonfat dry milk in most formulations.

VersiLac® is also an effective tool for reducing costs and reducing levels of target ingredients like salt, sugar, cheese powders, or cocoa. This agglomerated product has superior flow characteristics, is highly soluble, blends evenly and is nonhygroscopic.

When to use VersiLac®?

Replace more expensive dairy solids:

  • Whey powder - Nonfat dry milk

Reduce expensive ingredients.

VersiLac® has natural flavor enhancing capabilities
which can allow for reductions in ingredients such as:

  • Cocoa powder - Cheese powders

  • Chocolate - Butter

Reduce or replace carbohydrates or sweeteners.

VersiLac® is a natural sweetener. The minimal sweetness profile of VersiLac® allows it to be used in applications where higher solids are desired without excess sweetness.

  • Sugar - Maltodextrin

  • Corn syrup solids - Dextrose

  • Sugar substitutes - Lactose

Reduce salt with VersiLac®.

The natural salty notes in VersiLac® permits formulators to reduce or in some cases replace salt, which in turn allows for an improved nutritional label.

 VersiLac® Typical Composition

 TypicalSpecification
Protein (as is)3.2%2% Min
Lactose86.9%80% Min
Fat0.2%1% Max
Ash8.1%9% Max
Moisture1.6%5% Max
SPC (cfu/g)10,00030,000


Labeling Flexibility

Manufacturers can use any of the following terms when labeling VersiLac® on their ingredient label:

  • dairy product solids

  • modified whey

  • reduced protein whey

  • whey solids

Food Applications

  • Bakery

  • Confectionary

  • Dairy Foods

  • Drink Mixes

  • Prepared Foods

VersiLac Benefits

 

Free Flowing

VersiLac® is manufactured using new process technologies and a unique drying process that provides higher total solids, excellent solubility and the highest quality product. It is a free-flowing, non-caking, non-bridging, high-quality dairy ingredient that incorporates easily into formulations because of its natural agglomeration. Proper crystallization and low moisture maintains the non-hygroscopic quality of VersiLac® throughout its shelf life.
As a result, VersiLac® is easy to use in a variety of applications and your production line. In most applications, process changes are not needed when substituting VersiLac® for other more expensive dairy ingredients including skim milk and whey powder. VersiLac® will not only flow freely in your equipment but also will help the other ingredients in your formula to move efficiently through your production system.

Solubility

Proliant Dairy Ingredients uses unique drying technologies that produce a highly soluble permeate that will incorporate easily into your dry or wet blended formulations.

VersiLac® Dairy Product Solids are agglomerated naturally in our special dryer without the use of any additives. It will fully dissolve in hot or cold water, in a variety of pH ranges and it will stay in suspension. It will improve process efficiencies by incorporating in less time into formulations than other dairy ingredients.

VersiLac's® exceptional solubility makes it an excellent ingredient in a variety of applications including beverages, process cheese, soft served ice cream and confectionary products.

Flavor Enhancement

VersiLac® Dairy Product Solids natural milk minerals (including calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and phosporus) together with non-protein nitrogen compounds (including urea, creatine, creatinine, uric acid, orotid acid, and ammonia) give it natural flavor enhancement properties.
These properties permit VersiLac® to be used for partial replacement of expensive ingredients in bakery, confectionary, beverage, dairy and processed food formulations. Allow our technical support team to help you partially replace cocoa powder, chocolate, vanilla, butter and cheese flavors in your formulations while maintaining the high quality of your products.

Color

VersiLac's® high lactose content, together with the other reducing sugars and available protein, provides browning in baked goods, caramels and other confectionary applications through the Maillard Reaction. Maillard Reaction is a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that gives cooked food its distinctive color and flavors. This special functionality not only enhances appearance but also imparts a pleasant caramelized flavor.
Baked formulas that include VersiLac® will improve the yield and efficiencies of your ovens by providing the targeted browning in your finished products in less time.

Cost

VersiLac® is a cost effective, high-quality dairy ingredient that provides exceptional functionality and flavor in a variety of food applications. VersiLac® can be used to replace higher cost dairy ingredients such as whey, skim milk powder, and lactose in most applications and partially substitute demineralized whey powder, cocoa powder, chocolate, vanilla, butter, and cheese flavors in a variety of food formulations. You can obtain the same or better functionality at a lower cost from VersiLac® compared to other more expensive ingredients. Whey powder (12% protein) availability will continue to diminish as more producers move to higher value protein production. Since the year 2000, whey production in the US has decreased by 100,000 MT. Similar trends are observed in the European Union. As a result, we expect higher cost trends for whey powder with less supply.

In comparison, production of permeate is expected to continue to increase at competitive prices. VersiLac® can provide cost savings with guaranteed supply.

Shelf Life and Yield

VersiLac®’s high lactose content helps it to bind water which in turn helps retain moisture in baked goods. This high water binding functionality produces brownies, cakes, cookies, and breads that retain their crumb softness for a longer period of time thus resulting in an improved shelf life.

VersiLac®’s exceptional solubility makes it an excellent ingredient for all baked goods. This solubility will help increase production efficiency through reduced batter mixing time and creating a smooth and soft batter. In many applications VersiLac® will be able to increase yield and throughput by reducing oven baking time and providing an increased dough volume.

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Applications and Benefits

Bakery Blends / Baked Goods

ApplicationVersiLac® Replacing Dairy IngredientsVersiLac® Replacing Other Ingredients
Bakery  
White breadNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 
BrowniesSweet whey powder25% Chocolate, 20% sugar or 20% butter
Pound CakeNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder10% butter
BiscuitsSweet whey powder, Lactose50% Salt
Cookies, ButterNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 
Cookies, ChocolateNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder15% Chocolate
Cookies, Chewy Chocolate ChipNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder20% Sugar or 50% Salt
Cookies, Chocolate ChipNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder33% Sugar, 33% corn syrup solids, or 100% Salt
Crackers, CheeseSweet whey powder20% Salt or 20% Cheese powder
CroissantsNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder15% Butter
Muffins, Chocolate ChipNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder33% Sugar
Muffins, Mini, Chocolate ChipNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder50% Salt
PancakesSweet whey powder or Whole milk powder 
Pie CrustSweet whey powder50% or 100% Salt
Pizza CrustSweet whey powder50% or 100% Salt or Dough conditioner
Cake, ChocolateNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder and Sweet whey powderCocoa
Cake, WhiteNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 
Biscuits, TeaNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder and Sweet whey powder 
Bread, Sweet RollsNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder and Sweet whey powder 
Donut, CakeNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 

Benefits:

  • Increases the surface browning in bakery products which not only enhances the appearance but can also promote shorter baking times

  • Improved moisture retention: Affinity for water is delayed until VersiLac® is in the finished baked good due to its increased water holding capacity

  • Tender crumb structure and better retention of softness

  • Contributes natural salty notes which can allow for a reduction in sodium

Applications and Benefits

Confectionary

ApplicationVersiLac® Replacing Dairy IngredientsVersiLac® Replacing Other Ingredients
Confectionary  
Bakery FillingNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 
Bakery Filling, ChocolateNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder10% Cocoa
Candy, ChocolateNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder or Sweet whey powder, Lactose25% Chocolate
Candy, Chocolate Crème CenterNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder25% Chocolate & 25% Cocoa
Candy, White ChocolateNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 
CaramelsNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder100% Salt
CaramelsDemineralized whey powder 
Chocolate Hazelnut SpreadNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder, Sweet whey powder25% Cocoa
Dulce de LecheNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 
Frosting, ChocolateNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder10% Cocoa
Bakery creamWhole milk Powder / Sweet Whey Powder 
Frosting, ChocolateDemineralized whey powder 
Confectionary filling – Peanut butterNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powderDextrose
Whipped creamNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 
Pie Filling, Cherry Corn Syrup Solids
Pie Filling, PumpkinNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 

Benefits:

  • Potentiates flavors and salty notes allowing for cost and sodium reductions

  • Adds higher solids without excessive sweetness

  • High solubility prevents over-crystallization

Applications and Benefits

Dairy Products

ApplicationVersiLac® Replacing Dairy IngredientsVersiLac® Replacing Other Ingredients
Dairy Products  
Ice Cream, VanillaNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder or Sweet whey powder 
Ice Cream, Vanilla Soft ServeSweet whey powder20% Sugar
Cream Cheese, RanchSweet whey powder or Buttermilk Powder, Lactose50% Salt
Cheese, ProcessedNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powderAged cheddar cheese
Sweetened Condensed MilkEvaporated milk/Whole milk 
Yogurt Drink 50% Non-Fat Dry Milk/ Skim Milk Powder 
Yogurt, Stirred50-75% Nonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 
Cheese Sauce, ProcessedNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powderCheese powder, Salt
FlanNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powderSalt
Drink, Yogurt SaltedNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powderSalt
Pudding, Rice CookedNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 
Pudding, Instant ChocolateNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder25% Cocoa or Dextrose

Benefits:

  • Provides an economical source of dairy solids

  • Boost cheese flavors and contributes clean dairy notes

  • Contributes richness and improves body and texture

Applications and Benefits

Drink Mixes

ApplicationVersiLac® Replacing Dairy IngredientsVersiLac® Replacing Other Ingredients
Beverages  
Drink, Chilled Café56-57% Nonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder 
Drink, Chocolate Mix for MilkSweet whey powder25% Cocoa
Drink, Chcoolate Mix for MilkNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder25% Cocoa
Drink, Chocolate Mix/Add Water25% Nonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder25% Cocoa
Drink, Dairy Minerals-LemonLime  
Drink, Dairy Minerals-Strawberry  
Drink, Dairy Minerals-Vanilla  
Drink, Dairy Minerals- Berries  
Drink, Dairy Minerals, Malt  
Drink, Dairy Minerals, Pinneaple  
Drink, Dairy Minerals, Pinneaple - Coconut  
Hot Cocoa MixNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder or Sweet whey powder25% Cocoa
Drink, Protein-Chocolate 20% Cocoa or 20% Stevia & 10% Fructose
Drink, Protein-Vanilla 10% French Vanilla Flavor or 20% Stevia & Fructose
Mocha drinkNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powderCocoa, Coffee

Benefits:

  • Excellent dispensability and solubility

  • Serves as an excellent low cost bulking and flow agent

  • Potentiates flavors which allows for reductions in cocoa levels or other flavor levels

Applications and Benefits

Prepared Foods

ApplicationVersiLac® Replacing Dairy IngredientsVersiLac® Replacing Other Ingredients
Prepared Foods and Savory  
Chips, Ranch FlavoredSweet whey powder or Buttermilk Powder, Lactose25% Salt
Dip, French Onion 100% Sugar or 25% Salt
Dip, RanchSweet whey powder or Buttermilk Powder, Lactose50% Salt
Hot Dog  
Salad Dressing, RanchSweet whey powder or Buttermilk Powder, Lactose50% Salt
Sauce, AlfredoNonfat dry milk/Skim milk powder25% Cheese Powders, 100% Butter Powder, or 25% Salt
Sauce, CheeseSweet whey powder25% Cheese Powders or 25% Salt
Sauce, Macaroni & CheeseSweet whey powder25% Cheese Powders or 25% Salt
Sausage, Pork  
Soup, French Onion 15% Salt
Soup, TomatoSweet whey powder, Lactose25% Tomato Powder or 25% Salt
Gravy, Beef RTESweet whey powderCaramel Color
Gravy, Chicken RTESweet whey powderCaramel Color 
Gravy, Turkey RTENonfat dry milk/Skim milk powderCaramel Color 

Benefits:

  • Cost-efficient bulking agent

  • Natural flavor enhancer

  • Salty notes allow for reduction in sodium or MSG

  • Enhanced umami effect