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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.

Protein-powered Curry Hummus

Protein-powered Curry Hummus

Spicing up widely popular hummus with the power of U.S. dairy ingredients demonstrates how blending dairy proteins with vegetable-based options multiplies the benefits. The addition of high quality milk protein doubles the protein content while complementing the flavor and texture.


Savory Asian Protein Granola

Savory Asian Protein Granola

This savory mix is perfect for consumers looking to capitalize on the adventurous flavor and texture trend. A worldly combination of Sriracha seasoning and soy sauce is complemented with crunch from U.S. whey protein crisps, packing 6g of protein into each serving.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies made with delactosed permeate.


Common Questions

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

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