Shaping the Dairy Products of Tomorrow Together: Long Shelf-Life Drinking Yogurt

The dairy products of tomorrow will help the industry evolve to meet consumer trends and fulfill customer needs as well. By looking at how dairy processors across the globe have adapted, we can see how some products rose to the top.

The case for long shelf-life dairy.

Ambient drinking yogurts are very successful in Asia and West Africa, and its popularity is now spreading quickly through Latin America. The idea started when Chinese consumers wanted more dairy in their diets. The search was on to find something that could accommodate the regional preference of consuming beverages at room temperature for gut health and the high incidence of lactose intolerance. Also, for a country as large as China, cold channel distribution could not be guaranteed. In West Africa, refrigeration is also an issue. Products are often sold by street vendors. Ambient drinking yogurts checked all the boxes. It has become a convenient snack sensation that can be enjoyed any time by kids and adults alike.

How do ambient drinking yogurts meet consumer trends?


Shelf stability. Consumer demand for shelf-stable milk products rose during the pandemic as practicality became a bigger consideration when making a purchasing decision. Long shelf-life dairy products such as milks, creamers, puddings and desserts have been popular for years for consuming on the go and trusted for their quality.



Healthy eating. In West Africa, where disposable income is low, consumers wanted beverage options that could provide protein and nutrition other than a canned soft drink, which is mainly sugar and water.



Pantry-filling trend/rise of e-commerce. Consumers now make fewer physical trips to grocery stores, preferring to either shop online or make one large trip to stock their pantry for a while. This trend started due to the pandemic but has persisted, suggesting it may become a new shopping behavior.



Reduce food waste. Without an expiration date looming, long shelf life dairy products are less likely to go to waste.



Protein-powered snack. Protein has been a key trend for the past few years. Consumers now seek new ways to incorporate more protein into their diet – especially with a rich and indulgent texture like yogurt.


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What is ambient drinking yogurt?

Traditionally, we think of yogurt as a chilled, spoonable snack. Ambient drinking yogurt flips the script on both counts. It’s a drink that does not need to be refrigerated so it’s easy to enjoy on the go or anytime, at room temperature or cold. It also fits consumers’ busy lifestyles. Consider the convenience of dropping a container into a school lunchbox or backpack for after a workout. Ambient drinking yogurt is a product you can take anywhere. It  doesn’t need refrigeration; however, the taste is comparable to chilled yogurt with similar nutritional benefits.

How is it produced?

Ambient drinking yogurt differs from short-shelf life drinking yogurt in that it undergoes a heat treatment after fermentation. This allows it to be stored without refrigeration, with a shelf life of four to twelve months. It also makes the product more versatile, appealing to consumers who enjoy drinking a warm beverage, while still retaining a nice sensory experience when served chilled. The mouthfeel can also be tailored to accommodate regional preferences from thick to thin. Plus, CP Kelco has the multifunctional, nature-based ingredient portfolio, global service capability and technical expertise to ensure your success. For more tips and information, please see our drinking yogurts applications page.

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New Test Kitchen Added to CP Kelco’s Virtual Experience Site

ATLANTA, November 16, 2020 – CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, is excited to announce the Phase II launch of a new test kitchen in its popular virtual experience:

“One of the key reasons we enjoy exhibiting at trade shows is the opportunity to introduce our visitors to food and beverage prototypes that leverage our functional ingredients,” said Stefanie Chmura, Sr. Director of Marketing Excellence at CP Kelco. “While we can’t offer tasting in our virtual test kitchen, we can make your mouth water with our series of 10 videos featuring prototype innovations from our labs around the globe.”

Each prototype is introduced by an expert from the global Sales Technical Service team, who offers tips for using CP Kelco’s nature-based ingredients to create regional-inspired foods and beverages. An easy-to-follow recipe card also accompanies each video. For example, customers will find a tropical take on a drinking yogurt, a clean-label, vegan mayonnaise-like dressing, and new ways to suspend protein in plant-based beverages.

Since its launch in late September, the CP Kelco virtual experience site has been a uniquely engaging destination for the company’s customers, distributor partners and other interested stakeholders, helping CP Kelco to reimagine how it can create and sustain connections as industry trade shows have been cancelled or gone virtual due to the global pandemic.

“We invite our customers, partners and prospects to experience our new test kitchen in this comfortable, virtual meeting place and explore our newly posted videos, articles and webinars,” added Michele Cacdac-Jones, Director of Brand & Marketing Communications at CP Kelco. “We’ll keep adding new material so please visit often. It’s easy to join from anywhere at any time.”

After registering, visitors will be greeted by CP Kelco President Didier Viala at the entrance. From there, visitors can access insights on key market trends and our latest ingredient solutions in the lobby before venturing up the stairs to the test kitchen and Innovation in Action bar, where the prototype videos from around the world are featured.

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About CP Kelco

CP Kelco is a nature-based ingredient solutions company with over 85 years of experience working with food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers worldwide. We unlock nature-powered success by applying ingredient innovation and problem-solving to develop more customized
solutions that leverage our regional insights and meet manufacturers’ goals to address consumer needs and preferences.

What sets us apart:

  • Unique Portfolio. Produces extensive range of high-quality, plant-based and fermentation-derived ingredients to formulate tailored solutions.
  • Technical Excellence. Offers strong collaboration with a global team of scientists and applications experts, leveraging our regional state-of-the art R&D facilities.
  • Sustainability. Committed to providing responsibly sourced and produced ingredients.
  • Market Insights. Understands market and consumer trends to help customers create relevant and innovative products.

Our key product lines include gellan gum, pectin, xanthan gum, carrageenan, diutan gum, fermentation-derived cellulose, refined locust bean gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate and our latest innovation, NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber. Learn more at