Land O’ Lakes

Novel Uses for Milk and Whey Permeate

Company Background 
Today, our four businesses (WinField United, Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and Truterra, LLC) give us a farmer-to-fork view of agriculture. Pair this with our farmer ownership and we’re uniquely qualified to fulfill our purpose of feeding human progress around the world, while always delivering on our responsibility to member-owners through our core values.

Open Innovation Challenge
Identify novel Industrial uses for Milk Permeate or Whey Permeate in Liquid or Dry form.  Both Milk and Whey Permeates may also be known as Dairy Product Solids.  Note:  Compositions are given on an “As Is” basis.

Liquid Milk Permeate Composition   
Protein                 0.15 – 0.20% 
Lactose                 3.7 – 4.9% 
Fat                        0.00 – 0.02% 
Ash                       0.30 – 0.50% 
Moisture               95 %                      
Ingredient:            Milk  

Dried Milk Permeate Composition   
Protein                 2.9 – 3.9% 
Lactose                 70 – 94% 
Fat                        0.01 – 0.20% 
Ash                       5.7 – 9.7% 
Moisture               3 – 5%                      
Ingredient:            Milk  

Contains Trace B Vitamins & Minerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Magnesium

This stream is directly produced from milk.           

Liquid Whey Permeate Composition                                  Protein                 0.15 – 0.25% 
Lactose                 3.9 – 4.9%
Fat                        0.00 – 0.02%
Ash                       0.40 – 0.50%
Moisture               95%

Dried Whey Permeate Composition
Protein                 2.9 – 3.9%
Lactose                 74.1 – 94%
Fat                        0.01 – 0.20%
Ash                       7.6 – 9.7%
Moisture               3 – 5%   

Contains Trace B Vitamins & Minerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Magnesium

This stream is produced off Cheese production.

Reason for Seeking External Innovation Partnership
Land O’Lakes is interested in high quantity industrial uses for Dry or Liquid Milk and/or Whey Permeate.  We desire to increase the value of dairy by-products for our farmer owners by identifying new uses.  Both Food and Non-food uses will be considered but Non-food uses are a key area of interest.

Scope of Solution Space
Replacement/displacement of petroleum-sourced materials for increased sustainability; additives/carriers or encapsulations for pharmaceutical products; inputs for the manufacture of fabrics, cosmetics or hair care products; commercial/construction uses.

The new outlet or use for any noted material must equal or exceed the respective market value of the material being utilized.  It is desired that a new use of any noted material that is sustainable, improves sustainability, or enables a green solution to an existing problem.

Innovation Solutions Not of Interest
Applications that may create a negative perception of milk or dairy products; any application that would require use of hazardous chemicals or processes, non-food-grade materials, or non-dairy allergens within a milk processing facility.

Proposal Response Date Deadline
August 28, 2020

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Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2019 annual sales of $14 billion, Land O’Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 232 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 99 years of operation, Land O’Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands and businesses in agriculture and food production including Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField United and Truterra, LLC. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O’Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.