Wisconsin Whey Protein recently built a whey protein processing plant in Turtle Lake, WI with operation of the plant starting in late 2012. The plant is located in the Industrial Park in Turtle Lake and utilizes whey from regional cheese plants to produce its product.
The company produces Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) with a protein content exceeding 80% (WPC-80). This fat-free, low lactose, agglomerated product has advantages of high solubility and easy digestibility, and it is designed for the requirements of numerous value-added food applications.
The plant produces ultra pure whey protein products for use in infant formula, baby food, sport nutrition, health and wellness industry and geriatric products.
K. Kachadurian, founder, president and CEO of Wisconsin Whey Protein said, “Our products are to be sold and used both domestically and internationally. There is very high demand growth in the international market. We have been working with this industry for fifteen years in Wisconsin and we are excited to bring this modern, proprietary and high-tech technology plant to Turtle Lake.”
In the past few years, whey proteins have gained extraordinary recognition for their health benefits and functional capabilities, and as a result have experienced tremendous growth in the food marketplace.
Demand for WPC-80 has expanded steadily over the past decade. In the period from 2000 to 2009, the world market is estimated to have grown from a base of 125 million pounds to 325 million pounds, representing an increase of 200 million pounds at a rate of 10% per year.
Steve Healy, Executive Director Polk County said, “We are very happy that the company chose Polk County and the Village of Turtle Lake to build their Whey Protein plant. The company brings tremendous value and opportunity for our area.