Replace costly, higher-fat ingredients while maintaining the product's natural mouthfeel, texture and flavor

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As consumer demand for healthier (and more natural) foods continues to gain momentum, food and beverage manufacturers are looking for ways to make their products fit these lifestyles while delivering the flavor and texture experience they demand.

For a very wide range of applications, Grande Bravo Functional Whey Protein is the ideal solution. This line of natural products allows you to replace costly, higher-fat and/or artificial ingredients with natural whey protein while maintaining and, in many cases, enhancing the texture of the product and its flavor.

Grande Bravo has impressive viscosity and gelation properties and can be used to benefit a wide variety of applications, including both cold- and heat-processed systems:

  • Soups & Sauces
  • Spreads & Dips
  • Cheese Sauces & Fillings
  • Salad Dressings
  • Low-fat Foods
  • Coatings & Seasonings
  • Bakery & Confectionery
  • Ice Cream & Desserts

Key Product Attributes

  • Water-holding functionality and texture improvement
  • Clean, complementary dairy flavor
  • Easily hydrated dairy powder
  • Heat and acid stable
  • Freeze-thaw stable


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Certifications & Labeling

  • Available USPH Grade A
  • Kosher Dairy
  • EU
  • SQF Level III
  • Ingredient Statement: “Whey Protein Concentrate. Contains Milk.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Examples of ingredients that can easily be reduced or replaced by Grande Bravo functional whey protein include:

  • Eggs (whole eggs, egg whites, and liquid yolks)
  • Milk and Cream
  • Nonfat dry milk powder (NFDM)
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Butter and oil

Grande Bravo:

  • Is ethically sourced and produced from Midwestern farmers in the United States
  • Doesn’t undergo any chemical modifications or bleaching
  • Can be labeled as all-natural
  • Complies with USDA/FDA, Kosher Dairy, SQF Level III, and EU requirements
  • Is produced with a proprietary process that ensures functionality
  • Outperforms commodity whey protein in controlled studies
  • Is competitively priced

Whey is a product resulting from the cheesemaking process. Grande Bravo functional whey protein is produced from the finest white Italian cheeses made in our own facilities. Unlike some whey products, Grande Bravo doesn’t require bleaching or other chemical modifications. It undergoes a natural proprietary drying process to physically modify its structure, resulting in a concentrated product (much like other concentrated natural foods such as granulated sugar) that maintains many of the same nutrients and favorable attributes of the original product.

When used in various applications and exposed to fluctuating temperatures, freeze/thaw cycles, high shear or final cooking methods, fresh dairy can experience viscosity breakdown. These undesirable texture examples in food include pooling liquid, ice crystals, gummy or slimy textures, bursting fillings, lumps, graininess and more.

Grande Bravo withstands the abuse of most processing environments, and its superior water-holding capabilities allow it to be easily hydrated. It’s also heat and acid stable, freeze-thaw stable, has a long shelf life and won’t break down, allowing food manufacturers to actually improve texture in their applications compared to using fresh dairy.

Despite changing attitudes toward fat in their diets, consumers still care about calories and seek out low fat foods. But food manufacturers often wonder how to get a creamy mouthfeel in low fat recipes. Grande Bravo can improve nutrition and provide the same consistency and structure that most full fat ingredients offer without compromising taste or texture.

Our customers use Grande Bravo to create:

  • Low fat dips and spreads
  • Salad dressings
  • Soups
  • Creamy sauces used in pasta dishes and frozen entrees
  • Fillings in baked goods, appetizers and other products
  • Confectionery and snacks
  • Frozen desserts and ice cream
  • And more

The use of Grande Bravo not only can maintain or improve a product’s texture, but result in improved flavor, too. The product is available in various flavor profiles that can complement or enhance your formulation as desired. Whether you need a clean, mild flavor that sits quietly in the background or want to bring out the milky, sweet or slightly tart characteristics in your application, Grande Bravo has a product that can meet your needs.

At Grande Custom Ingredients Group, all of our whey protein products are made following a strict chain of custody and production process that uses zero chemical modifications, additives, preservatives, or antibiotics. This results in all-natural whey protein products that can be used to help clean up your nutrition labels with ingredients that are recognizable by consumers and are sustainable.

Grande Bravo whey protein helps lower ingredient costs by serving as a replacement for fresh dairy and eggs which are more costly and frequently experience price volatility. Grande Bravo’s pricing remains stable over time and can eliminate the need to reformulate due to ingredient price fluctuations. It also simplifies supply chain management and reduces the need for refrigeration, resulting in less energy use, spoilage and storage requirements.

Although plant-based proteins have risen in popularity, the use of these ingredients simply doesn’t compare to whey protein in many areas:

  • Cost — Whey protein is generally more cost effective
  • Nutrition — Whey protein is hands down more nutritious than plant-based proteins and has better digestibility
  • Flavor —  The clean flavor profile of whey protein allows other flavors to shine and doesn’t require a lot of added fillers
  • Functionality  Whey protein reigns supreme in its ability to simply work the way you want it to in your application

Whey protein has many health benefits. In addition to building and strengthening muscles, it also:

There are no special inventory requirements for Grande Bravo and the product does not require refrigeration, providing a longer shelf life than most products.

The experienced team of food scientists at Grande Custom Ingredients Group will work closely with you to develop just the right formulation of your product to maintain or improve its quality and clean up labels. You’ll likely be surprised how easily the application development process is. Contact us to see what’s involved and to take the next step.

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