Process reduces cholesterol levels in butter

by Keith Nunes
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STURTEVANT, WIS. — Benelact, the dairy division of Alliance Enterprises of SE Wisconsin, L.L.C., has developed a technology capable of removing one-third of the cholesterol from real butter. No chemicals, preservatives or plant sterols are required in the manufacturing process. Cholesterol is isolated and extracted via mechanical means and all other aspects of the product remain intact, according to the company.

Alliance Enterprises is offering three options for companies interested in the reduced-cholesterol product. The butter may be purchased directly from Alliance Enterprises; customers may purchase the reduced-cholesterol cream from the company to manufacture the butter; or the technology to manufacture the butter may be installed into a processing facility.

“Market research indicates that consumers choose foods based on taste first and health/nutrition second,” said Brandon Malacara, marketing director. “Now is the ideal time for processors, retailers and food service to offer a lower-cholesterol butter option to customers who seek healthier choices that taste good.”

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