FrieslandCampina Ingredients to present concepts at Natural Products Expo West 2024

Biotis Fermentis is a fermented solution that combines protein, prebiotics, and probiotics to target the gut-muscle axis

FrieslandCampina Ingredients will be present at Natural Products Expo West from 12-16 Mar in Anaheim, California. Attendees can learn more about the company’s protein and prebiotic ingredients, and how they can be added to formats including shakes, gummies, ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages and bars. Visitors will also be the first to see the company’s new brain health ingredient.

Biotis Fermentis

Awareness is growing that intensive exercise, stress and dietary habits can cause gut discomfort that affects sports performance. Research shows that 86% of athletes suffer from gastro-intestinal issues believed to be associated with stressors such as training and competition.

In response, FrieslandCampina Ingredients will showcase Biotis Fermentis, a fermented solution that combines the benefits of protein, prebiotics and probiotics to effectively target the gut-muscle axis. FrieslandCampina will present a shake concept that delivers multiple health benefits, including gut and muscle support, as well as perceived improvements to wider well-being, including mood and energy levels.

Biotis GOS-OP High Purity

As consumers take a more proactive approach to their health, interest in convenient, easy-to-take supplements, like gummies, are seeing high demand. Once a niche children’s product, the global functional gummies market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.2% from 2024 to 2031 – with growing popularity across all age groups. Accordingly, FrieslandCampina Ingredients will highlight its prebiotic gummies using the Biotis GOS-OP High Purity. The functional ingredient can overcome common gummy formulation challenges to deliver a higher concentration (typically around 94%) of available galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) content than other prebiotics on the market. 


45% of consumers now eat or drink dairy alternatives, but challenges remain in creating an appealing taste and texture, while also ensuring a high-quality nutritional profile. FrieslandCampina Ingredients’ Plantaris pea and faba protein ingredients tackle these challenges with plant protein ready-to-drink beverages, shakes and bar concepts. Sensory panel tests have shownthat products formulated with Plantaris have an overall cleaner taste than other products on the market, allowing brands to stand out in the plant-based space. 


Consumers have reported wanting to increase the amount of protein in their diets. And with 24% of consumers skipping breakfast and 26% skipping lunch at least three times a week, there is an opportunity for on-the-go high protein snacks. While protein bars are the ideal snack to bridge the nutritional gap between meals, they can often harden over time, discouraging repeat purchases. FrieslandCampina Ingredients will showcase its Excellion range through bar concepts, demonstrating dairy-based protein bars with a softer mouthfeel and extended shelf life. 

“Better than ever” concepts

“People are leading increasingly busy lives while also taking a more proactive approach to their health and well-being. This is driving demand for convenient on-the-go nutrition like shakes, bars and gummies. Even better if one product offers several health benefits at the same time,” said Auke Zeilstra, managing director for North America at FrieslandCampina Ingredients. “As part of our mission to help people get the most of life, always, we’re pleased to be back at Natural Products Expo West: a show that puts consumers’ needs first, too.” 

Sophie Zillinger Molenaar, global marketing lead for Biotis at FrieslandCampina Ingredients, added, “We want to show that it is possible to develop healthy products that still look and taste great, in fast-growing markets such as gut health and muscle support. This year, our concepts are better than ever, and we’re excited for visitors to explore the innovative applications our ingredients make possible – including the newest addition to our Biotis portfolio – watch this space for more information!”