All-natural, clean-label Grande Bravo Functional Whey Protein partially replaces cream, cream cheese and other high-fat dairy to improve nutrition without compromising texture or signature dairy flavors.
78% of participants in an independent consumer panel prefer the flavor and texture of a sauce made with Grande Bravo vs. the control.
Grande Bravo’s impressive viscosity and gelation properties benefit a wide variety of applications in both cold- and heat-processed systems, including:
Grande Bravo reduced calories by 30% and cut fat by one-third when partially replacing cream in an alfredo sauce formulation.
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.
Fresh dairy can experience viscosity breakdown when exposed to fluctuating thermal treatments, freeze/thaw cycles, high shear or final cooking methods. Undesirable food texture examples include syneresis, ice crystals, gummy or slimy textures, filling blowout, lumps, graininess and more.
Grande Bravo is highly durable and 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 only 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 sometimes struggle to achieve a creamy mouthfeel in low fat recipes. Grande Bravo improves nutrition and provides the same consistency and structure that most full-fat dairy ingredients offer without compromising taste or texture.
The use of Grande Bravo not only maintains or improves a product’s texture, but can result in improved flavor, too. The product is available in various flavor profiles that 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 sustainable ingredients that are recognizable by consumers.
Grande Bravo whey protein helps optimize ingredient costs by serving as a partial replacement for fresh dairy which is typically more costly and experiences significant price volatility. Unlike commodity ingredients, Grande Bravo’s pricing remains stable over time and can eliminate the need to reformulate due to 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:
There are no special inventory requirements for Grande Bravo and the product does not require refrigeration, providing a longer shelf life than most products, up to 18 months.
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 easy the application development process is. Contact us to see what’s involved and to take the next step.
Our team loves collaborating with formulators and R&D teams to overcome the toughest formulation challenges or make product improvements using all-natural ingredients. Contact us to get started.