The market for protein from dairy products and ingredients is growing overseas as well. DFA exports sweet whey powder to a variety of customers throughout the world. During the past 10 years, the United States has grown its dry whey exports more than 66 percent, while whey protein concentrates are more than three-fold higher. In fact, during 2011, more than one-half of the whey produced in the United States was consumed outside of our domestic borders.
“As developing countries’ economies grow, the diets of those populations improve, and they add more and more protein,” says Lavonne Dietrich, vice president of sales and marketing for GDPG. “The U.S. dairy industry will be in a good position to supply that protein as we have a large and growing cheese industry to provide various whey products for international demand.”
Part of the appeal of dairy as a protein source is that there are other nutritional benefits as well, Piercy says.
“The positive nutritional benefits of dairy are good,” he says. “I think it’s going to stay that way.”