Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 09, 2016 15:09 ET

Canada Invests in Advanced Dairy Technology

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 9, 2016) - Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay announced today an investment of $10 million for Vitalus Nutrition Inc. to commercialize a value-added prebiotic.

Vitalus, a leading supplier of customized dairy ingredients to the food, beverage and nutraceutical industries, has developed a proprietary technology to produce a prebiotic from milk permeate, a milk by-product. This prebiotic can be used in infant formulations and other foods to enhance their nutritional characteristics, including dairy products and beverages, fruit drinks, and fruit preparations.

Commercializing this new ingredient will help the dairy industry transform a currently unused by-product into a value-added functional food product, helping grow the middle class by creating new economic opportunities in the food processing sector.

Quick facts

  • Vitalus Nutrition Inc. is Canada's leading supplier of customized dairy ingredients to the food, beverage and nutraceutical industries.
  • Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates, a type of fibre, that act as food for probiotics - the "good" microorganisms that support healthy digestion and offer protection from harmful bacteria.
  • This investment is being made through the Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698 million initiative.


"This investment is a great example of government working with industry to introduce new food products that support the health of Canadians and that increase the competitiveness of Canada's agriculture sector. This innovative technology will help the industry stay on the cutting edge and capture new markets for dairy ingredients here in Canada and around the world."

- Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"Vitalus is about improving lives by unlocking the nutritional value of milk. We get excited about innovation and new value-added opportunities. The financial support of the government has been key in the development of VITAGOS™"

- Philip Vanderpol, President, Vitalus Nutrition Inc.

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Contact Information

  • Guy Gallant
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Elena Middlemass
    Manager of Corporate Services
    Vitalus Nutrition Inc.
    Abbotsford, British Columbia