Hydrolysed whey protein at its best

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Optipep® is our flagship range of specialised protein ingredients for infant formula.

Protein is essential for the healthy growth and development of infants

Infant formula is produced to highly specific formulations and quality is strictly regulated. Protein requirements for infant formula mirrors the concentrations of amino acids in human milk. Most infant formulae are typically based on cows’ milk, which naturally contains two proteins; the acid soluble whey (20%) and the acid insoluble casein (80%). The amount and whey/casein ratio in infant formula is adjusted to be closer to human milk (70% whey: 30% casein). But not all infants can digest intact milk protein easily. This requires a more sensitive formula where the protein is better adapted.

Hydrolysed for digestive comfort

Optipep® is an advanced range of pre-digested proteins, produced using a proprietary hydrolysis process to create a unique portfolio of whey protein hydrolysates. Pre-digesting milk proteins selectively breaks down their globular structure, and forms smaller protein fractions called peptides. These are much easier for infants to digest. We specialise in partially hydrolysed 100% whey proteins for comfort infant formula, produced to the highest standards of quality, safety and integrity.

Optipep® 80 hydrolysed whey protein concentrates
Features Customised Features
• Partially hydrolysed
• 80% protein (dry basis)
• Rich source of essential amino acids (EAA)
• Naturally high in branched chain amino acids (BCAAs); leucine, isoleucine, valine.
• 100% natural
• Kosher and Halal approved
• Produced to the highest quality standards
• Fully traceable to farm source
• Targeted molecular weight profiles
• Low lactose options
• Low free amino acids
• Mineral profiles
• Micronutrient profiles
• Microbiological profiles
• Low bitterness
• Emulsification

Nurture your project to success

Partnership is where we excel. We love to work in collaboration, customising hydrolysates to a tightly defined quality and nutritional specification. A dedicated hydrolysis processing facility, proprietary technology and sophisticated techniques for compositional analysis mean we can offer greater flexibility and capacity to target specific and unique hydrolysate specifications.

Contact our protein scientists to recommend a sample, discuss a product specification or share new research insights.

Carbery recognise that maternal breast milk is the ideal source of nutrition for infants. We have a unique, multidisciplinary research programme based on dairy nutrition, which supports infant nutrition companies working within the international code of marketing breast milk substitutes (WHO). Collectively, we hope to identify breakthrough dairy-based ingredients which significantly advance infant formula technology, enabling formula-fed babies to receive more of the nutritional benefits as those of breast-fed babies.


Interested in the Carbery approach?

Deirdre Claesson
Sales Manager
Tel: +353 86 851 9638
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