Galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) is a food ingredient with prebiotic properties, derived from cow’s milk, it is a non-digestible carbohydrate. GOS is widely recognised to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria. The most common use for GOS is as an ingredient in infant formula as it has been shown to help aid digestive health. Oligosaccharides are the third most prominent component in human breast milk after lactose and fat, hence GOS is added to infant formula to better emulate human breast milk.
In 2014 Dairy Crest established a joint venture with Fayrefield Foods to form Promovita Ingredients Limited to develop and manufacture GOS. In 2015, Dairy Crest bought out its joint venture partner and now fully owns Promovita Ingredients Limited.
We have a strategic partnership with Fonterra who sell our GOS as part of their paediatric portfolio. Fonterra is the world’s largest dairy exporter and is therefore able to leverage its strong commercial relationships globally to support sales of Dairy Crest’s GOS for use in infant formula.