Nestlé launches plant and milk ingredient powder
Nestlé has launched the company’s first affordable and nutritious instant powder in Central and West Africa that is made with a blend of milk and plant ingredients, the company says. By combining the double goodness of milk and locally sourced soy, it contains essential nutrients such as protein and fibre and is a source of iron and calcium. Developed locally by Nestlé experts at the regional R&D center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the versatile product can be enjoyed with a variety of cereals, porridges, and drinks. Nido Milk & Soya is now available in Nigeria.
Tesfalidet Haile, head of Nestlé’s R&D Center in Abidjan, says, “We used our local expertise in cereals and dairy innovation to combine milk powder with a plant-based ingredient, while ensuring that the product had a good taste, texture, and solid nutritional credentials. This combined with the use of locally sourced soy enabled us to deliver a nutritious and affordable milk and plant-based beverage with sustainability benefits.”
Additionally, through the R+D Accelerator located at the R&D centre in Konolfingen, Switzerland, Nestlé teams leverage the centre’s expertise in dairy and dairy alternatives to rapidly develop and test new concepts that combine both milk and plant ingredients.
Last year the teams developed a nutritious powdered beverage made with a blend of milk and soy, and fruit that was first piloted in Asia. The beverage was tailored specifically to meet the nutritional and taste preferences of children, in an affordable and sustainable way.