At the Anuga show this week, two dairies said they wanted to sell lactose-free milk in the UK.
Germany’s Omira Gruppe uses technology to split lactose into glucose and galactose, which are more easily digested. Export manager Paul Wrobel said the company was keen to export its Minus L range to the UK.
Finnish group Valio markets a lactose-free milk based on membrane processing, which removes the lactose. Marketing manager Kalle Leporanta said it was discussing licensing with potential UK partners.
The drawback of both products is the cost - up to 100% more than ordinary milk.