BAGSVAERD, DENMARK — Novozymes expanded its Formea range of protein drink ingredients with the launch of Formea Prime.

The new protease enzyme was designed to help beverage formulators overcome typical challenges when using whey protein hydrolysates. The protease enzyme eliminates the need for added ingredients to mask off-flavors in ready-to-drink protein beverages, the company said.

“Used in the production process, Formea Prime provides all the benefits of whey protein hydrolysates, such as improved stability and improved absorption — but without the problems of bitter taste,” said Christian Schmock, head of Novozymes’ business unit for food platforms.