Science & Research

Product innovation: New Product Competition

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In order to keep the dairy industry strong, National Dairy Council® product research drives demand for dairy products and ingredients through the funding of pre-competitive nutrition and product research.

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This year, students have the opportunity to win $16,000 in prizes by developing a new product that makes dairy the go-to food or beverage for people who seek physical or mental energy. Judges will identify three winners who develop an original product that provides value to consumers. 

Finding new ways to meet a sizeable market

2015 Contenders

Chilk Out
Chilk-Out is a novel functional dairy drink that can be enjoyed any time of day. Each 12-ounce serving contains up to 270 calories and a wide range of nutrients. Chilk-Out is an excellent source of dairy protein (20 grams/12 oz) and calcium, and a good source of dietary fiber. The addition of black chia seeds contribute omega-3 fatty acids. Chilk-Out contains 90 percent dairy ingredients provided by skim milk and milk protein isolate and comes in original vanilla and chocolate flavors.
Lechata puts a dairy twist on Horchata, the traditional Latin American rice drink. Each 12-ounce serving of sweet, cinnamon-spiced Lechata provides 12 grams of protein and is lactose-free. Its light and creamy blend of whey protein concentrate (WPC70) and 2 percent milk is satisfying. Lechata can be enjoyed as a quick on-the-go breakfast, or a beverage to accompany any meal. It can be added to coffee, your favorite oatmeal, bakery recipes, or even cocktails.
RECO, a chocolate almond high-protein recovery shake, can help recovery after a workout or provide a convenient 270-calorie meal replacement beverage for breakfast or a satisfying snack. RECO is an excellent source of protein, supplied by 1 percent milk and whey protein isolate – providing 26 grams of protein in a 12-ounce single-serve resealable bottle. In addition, walnut oil contributes phytonutrients and RECO is gluten-free, uses no added colors, and is a source of vitamin D. 
Looking for an on-the-go hearty breakfast or an appealing snack? Fruit on the bottom, Shake and Go Kefir smoothie fits the bill. It provides separate layers of chunky fruit and one dairy food group serving in a 12-ounce jar, with all the potential benefits of probiotics. Shake and Go Kefir is an excellent source of protein (13 grams) and has all the nutrients of an 8-ounce serving of milk and 4 ounces of fruit. Just invert, shake to mix the fruit and kefir, and enjoy! 
Need to take a break after a busy day? TranquiliBee honey vanilla dairy beverage may be just what you need. TranquiliBee includes valerian root extract which is currently being studied for potential calming effects. Each 8-ounce serving contains 12 grams of milk protein from 1% milk and milk protein isolate – making it an excellent source of protein as well as calcium (400 mg/8 ounces). The perfectly portioned milk and honey in regular (20 g sugar, 155 cal) and alternative (17 g sugar, 143 cal) versions allow hard-working, stressed, and busy people to pause and enjoy.
Unwind is a soothing milk beverage that offers enjoyment with only four ingredients -- milk, banana, cocoa, and lemon balm, a member of the mint family that is currently being studied for potential calming effects. These ingredients provide nutrients including protein and potassium. Unwind has a silky mouth feel and mild aroma that is compatible for consumers of all ages. Whether you drink it warm or cold, Unwind’s smooth creamy texture is sure to transport you to a pleasant destination after a busy day. 
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