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Permeate, often labeled as dairy product solids, is a high-lactose dairy ingredient produced through the removal of protein and other solids from milk or whey. U.S. whey and milk permeate is highly regarded for its salty flavor enhancement characteristics, making it an ideal replacement for more costly ingredients while maintaining consumer-acceptable flavor. As consumers look to reduce their sodium intake, permeate shows great promise for a wide range of formulations, including bakery, soup, prepared meals and more. In addition, the high lactose in permeate contributes to the browning appearance and pleasant caramelized aroma of baked goods.

Why US Permeate

Why U.S. Permeate

U.S. suppliers have invested research and development efforts revealing the sensory, functional and nutritional benefits of whey and milk permeates as cost-saving, flavor-enhancing ingredients. Moreover, U.S. permeate production has significant continued upside growth potential, enabling a stable, quality supply for years to come.


Key product offerings include milk permeate, whey permeate and delactosed permeate.                                       

Using Permeate

Learn the benefits of using U.S. permeate in delicious food and beverages.

Functional Properties

Discover the functional benefits of permeate including browning, emulsification and flavor enhancement.

Health & Nutrition

Permeate contributes dairy minerals and can reduce sodium in some applications.

Resources & Insights

A collection of downloadable and printable publications and materials is available to global customers who wish to further their knowledge and understanding of the functional and nutritional benefits of U.S. permeate and other dairy ingredients. Check out these valuable resources!

Overview of permeate

Overview of Permeate Opportunities

Get this brochure highlighting permeate's composition and key benefits.

Permeate for sodium reduction

Permeate for Sodium Reduction

Watch this video discussing how permeate enhances saltiness without added sodium.

Innovations in sodium reduction

Innovations in Sodium Reduction

Access article from Food Product Design on permeate's sodium-reduction potential.

Formulas & Recipes

Visit the Formulation Database to find prototypes that feature permeate. Hundreds of innovative ideas are at your fingertips.

Almond and Apricot Muffins

Almond and Apricot Muffins

Low sodium almond and apricot muffins made with permeate.


Savory, Soft Protein Pretzel

Savory, Soft Protein Pretzel

This delicious snack provides a good source of protein for an authentic soft pretzel flavor experience.


Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate brownies made with delactosed permeate.


Common Questions

Have questions about U.S. permeate? Find answers under our Common Questions page.

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