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Whey Protein & Ingredients

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Advances in technology and investments in research and development have enabled the U.S. to expand its portfolio of whey protein and ingredients from basic commodities to a variety of higher-valued products. Just a generation ago the whey was discarded after the cheesemaking process but is now recognized for its high nutritional value. Today, it is regarded as a valuable co-product of cheesemaking.

The U.S. continues to innovate and is finding new uses and markets for these value-added ingredients. Whey protein and ingredients offer food and beverage manufacturers and foodservice professionals options that provide the nutrition, flavor and functionality necessary to meet global consumer demands.

Why US Whey

Why U.S. Whey Protein & Ingredients

U.S. whey suppliers produce a wide array of whey products to meet varying protein levels, functional properties and other specifications. With over a million metric tons produced annually, the United States is the largest producer and exporter of whey in the world.


Further explore the lineup of popular whey protein and ingredients at a wide range of protein levels offered by U.S. suppliers.

Using Whey

Learn about key applications and innovation ideas for U.S. whey proteins and ingredients in food, beverage and nutritional products.

Functional Properties

From flavor and texture improvement to increased yield, whey products offer numerous funtional benefits to food and beverage formulators. 

Health & Nutrition

Whey protein and ingredients offer nutrition benefits to consumers of all ages, from newborns to seniors and everyone in between.

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. whey proteins and ingredients. Check out these valuable resources!

Reference manual for whey

Whey/Lactose Reference Manual

Access this in-depth technical guide on using U.S. whey. Available in English and multiple other languages.

Stability report

Heat Stability Technical Report

Learn how to optimize whey protein's heat stability in beverages and more. Available in English, Korean.

Sarcopenia and whey

Sarcopenia and Whey Proteins

Explore how dairy protein may help reduce sarcopenia risk. Available in English, Japanese, Korean. 

Formulas & Recipes

Visit the Formulation Database to find prototypes that feature whey proteins and ingredients. Hundreds of innovative ideas are at your fingertips.

Red Bean High Protein Mooncakes

Red Bean High Protein Mooncakes

Best paired with a cup of Chinese tea, enjoy these seasonal treats that are high in protein content.


Reduced-sodium Protein Udon Soup

Reduced-sodium Protein Udon Soup

Easy-to-prepare comfort food gets upgraded with this fresh take on a popular dish.


Hot Dog

Hot Dog

Hot dogs with WPC 80 used to replace a portion of the pork.


Common Questions

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

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