Ambient yogurts are fermented dairy or plant protein-based products which undergo an extra heat treatment that provides them with the benefit of a long shelf life. When ambient drinking yogurts (ADY) were first introduced to China more than 10 years ago, their shelf-stable format was a big hit with consumers and manufacturers alike. Over the years, ambient yogurts have become a way for dairy producers and plant-based brands to expand their line and marketing potential.
The category now includes a variety of new formats, such as spoonable or squeezable pouches in addition to beverages. Ambient yogurts can also be tailored to meet regional needs, like this salted buttermilk in India or this low-sugar mango and passionfruit yogurt drink in Latin America, and incorporate plant protein instead of dairy, like this long shelf life oat yogurt alternative.
In every region, ambient yogurts have proven themselves to be a convenient way to enjoy a protein snack on the go. Consumers love that they can just pop an ambient yogurt in a backpack or gym bag and enjoy anytime. Plus, without cold chain distribution challenges, ambient yogurts are well suited for e-commerce as well as brick and mortar retail. The long shelf life means less spoilage and less food waste.
CP Kelco can help formulators innovate using a portfolio of nature-based ingredient solutions for dairy yogurt or plant-based yogurt alternatives, such as…
- GENU® Pectin for protein protection during heat treatment, stability, suspension, texture enhancement, syneresis control and a pleasant mouthfeel.
- KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum for suspension of particles and insoluble minerals, syneresis control and added texture.
- NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber, a sustainably produced ingredient from citrus peels that supports fiber intake as well as starch replacement, syneresis control, body and mouthfeel.
Watch our quick video below to catch up on all the global happenings in ambient yogurt production.
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