National Farmers Dairy Division rolled out its new probiotic milk program at its national convention in Coralville, Iowa, Wednesday. The value-added milk venture partners the organization with Ganeden Biotech and selected milk processors to supply probiotic milk to consumers.
"National Farmers is excited to be able to provide the health benefits of probiotic-enhanced milk to consumers, while at the same time providing another stream of revenue for our nation's family dairy farmers,” said Bradley Rach, NFO national dairy director. "The quality of Ganeden Biotech's probiotic strain, GanedenBC30, coupled with the caliber of the company's scientific operations, made it the ideal partner for our organization.”
Probiotics, dubbed good bacteria, have been shown to support healthy digestive and immune systems. Unlike many other popular probiotics strains, Ganeden Biotech's patented probiotic strain, GanedenBC30, is easily able to survive harsh manufacturing conditions, including those associated with milk production. This makes it an ideal probiotic for beverage and food applications.
"As a milk cooperative, we're searching for ways to improve farmer member income through value-added products,” said Rach. "Because of the uniqueness of this new probiotic milk offering, and the fact that we are the sole supplier of this milk to processors, it can mean real dividends to our dairy members.”
Jim Dickrell is editor of Dairy Today.