A new crunchy whey protein ingredient has been developed through collaboration between manufacturer Grande Custom Ingredients Group, Utah State University and Dairy Management Inc (DMI).

The WPCrisp is a patented crispy whey protein made by extruding a combination of whey protein and an edible polysaccharide, such as cornstarch, through a twin-screw extruder.

DMI said the dairy flavour and nutrition of the whey protein would make it a suitable ingredient for products such as cereals, sports bars, frozen desserts and yoghurt toppings.

Rosemont, Illinois-based DMI aims to build demand for US dairy products and ingredients on behalf of US dairy farmers.