Kerry releases ProDiem Refresh


The vegan protein ingredient – developed for low-pH beverages such as waters, juices and energy drinks – delivers a refreshing taste and clarity

Kerry has introduced ProDiem Refresh as a plant-protein ingredient for use in low-pH beverages such as waters, juices and energy drinks. Developed using Kerry’s protein expertise, ProDiem Refresh has been optimised to go easily into solution, and improve taste, clarity and stability.

Mindy Leveille, marketing manager, proteins, Kerry Taste & Nutrition, explained: “ProDiem Refresh delivers functional and nutritional benefits while addressing the emerging consumer demand for more natural, plant-based, safe, clean label, and sustainable ingredients. As a vegan, allergen-free protein solution for low-pH drinks, ProDiem Refresh will allow consumers to get protein in lighter and more refreshing beverages, all without compromising on clean label, sustainability or taste.”

ProDiem Refresh features functional and nutritional attributes, and is vegan, allergen-free, non-GMO and clean label. It delivers solubility, stability, clarity and low viscosity, while simultaneously delivering a clear, refreshing taste and a clean-label standing.

Strong market need for a vegan, allergen0free protein for low-pH beverages
Protein has been a trending consumer interest over the last few years, moving from the domain of the elite athlete into the mainstream as consumers learn more about its benefits. These consumers are aware of what these benefits are — energy, muscle and bone health, for example — and are seeking to incorporate more protein into their daily diets. This demand is driving the mainstream adoption of protein supplementation, propelling its reach into new food or beverages applications —low-pH beverages, for instance.

A key challenge for manufacturers to date has been the fact that many proteins have significant solubility, clarity and stability issues when used in low-pH beverage applications. These often require stabilisers, a problem for manufacturers seeking clean-labelling. Furthermore, there have been significant issues in the past around taste — always the first driver in purchasing and something consumers simply will not compromise on.

Currently, only a few protein solutions exist in the marketplace for use in low-pH beverage applications. The main sources used in waters, juices and energy drinks are derived either from animals or soy. As a result, these protein sources have been unable to address the rising consumer demand for natural, plant-based, safe and sustainable foods and beverages. This is the gap Kerry identified and sought to bridge, bringing to bear its almost 50 years of expertise in protein.

The result, ProDiem Refresh, offers in-solution solubility, clarity, and shelf stability as it requires no stabilisers. This plant protein solution was developed specifically for low-pH beverages such as waters, juices and energy drinks, and succeeds in resolving the issues customers care most about, all while ensuring a low-pH drink offering that offers an environmentally-friendly protein source.