UW/industry partnership: Less water is more in new lactose-free milk

Toasting a new partnership: State Senator Luther Olsen; Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel; Collette and Charles Sizer, Dairyvative; and Mark Johnson, Associate Director, Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research.

A new state grant will allow Dairyvative Technologies of Markesan to work in the Wisconsin Center for Dairy research to further develop it’s new process for concentrating milk that enables fresh, pasteurized, lactose-free milk to ship without refrigeration. The company’s SEVEN-X technology has been tested and proven in a laboratory. Dairyvative will now establish a small operation in the Center for Dairy Research in order to further demonstrate the technology, which is expected to reduce the cost of shipping milk by 84 percent. The Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30×20 Processor Grant comes from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Because it’s lactose-free and cheaper to ship, the product has tremendous potential for export sales, notes company founder Charles E. Sizer. An estimated 75 percent of the world’s population has some level of lactose intolerance.

“We at Dairyvative are confident that our technology will contribute to the growth of dairy farming in Wisconsin,” Sizer said.