Use Less, Save More: The Cost-Savings Benefits of Whey Protein

According to Innova Market Insights, a food and beverage database provider, eliminating food waste is the #1 trend for food producers in 2014. Over the past few years, food waste has proven to be an increasingly popular topic amongst food scientists and companies. As a matter of fact, looking at the chart below, you can see that patent and scientific article publications about “food waste” and “food loss” have more than doubled since 2009!

Food Waste

Whether these articles and patents were about reducing the amount of packaging materials needed or repurposing ingredients from the waste stream (i.e. animal byproduct into fertilizer), they all share one common theme: use less, save more.

It’s a simple enough concept, but sometimes it can be hard to find these cost-savings opportunities. Just about anyone can look at a product’s packaging and find ways to reduce the amount of excess plastic or find an alternative use for all those egg shells you’re left with, but it’s a completely different story when it comes to reducing food ingredient costs. Though you could try to experiment with different, lower-cost suppliers, manufacturers aren’t willing to make the switch if it means sacrificing taste, texture, or appearance of the finished product. While wasting less and saving more are both great things, creating a product that consumers love is every manufacturer’s top priority. 

But what if there was a way to achieve all three – use less, save more, and maintain the product’s defining attributes? There is.

Grande Bravo® is a high-quality whey protein concentrate that’s created specifically as a replacement for high-cost, high-fat dairy ingredients like cream, butter, cheese, non-fat dry milk and cream cheese. And while other ingredients are designed to reduce cost, none are able to duplicate Grande Bravo’s functionality that gives it the ability to maintain the original product’s taste, texture, and appearance while reducing cost. This is because Grande Bravo is produced using an exclusive process that allows us to create different flavor profiles with various pH levels, mouthfeel, and viscosity. We’re able to match your original application profile with a lower cost, lower fat alternative that shares the same flavor and texture.

Take a look at its application in this chipotle cream sauce, for example:

Chipotle Cream Sauce

The control sauce was made using all the ingredients that a manufacturer normally would. However, in another formulation, we used 50% less cream, more water, and added our Grande Bravo 300 whey protein concentrate. By substituting half of the cream for our whey protein concentrate we saw that:

  • Calories decreased by 28%
  • Total fat decreased by 44%
  • Saturated fat decreased by 40%

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That being said, despite the nutritional values and ingredients changing, both chipotle cream sauces looked and tasted the same.

Food waste is one of the top concerns of food producers everywhere. By finding solutions that allow you to use less ingredients or packaging, you can help your company see significant cost savings. To learn more about how our whey protein can help your company find those savings, check out our online applications page or talk to our food scientists today!