Milk Specialties Global doubles lactose production at its Visalia, CA dairy manufacturing facility

Milk Specialties Global

Lactose demand being fueled by overseas markets

Milk Specialties Global, the leading whey protein isolate producer, has doubled its lactose production following the expansion of its west coast processing facility in Visalia, CA. The additional lactose production capacity, which came online in late 2020, is driven by increased demand for high-quality dairy ingredients in Asia and other overseas markets. 

“It all comes back to the customers,” says CEO David Lenzmeier. “We always strive to make the best products on the market and deliver better value to our customers. The project we just completed at our Visalia facility furthers our ability to deliver a high-quality product at a good value.” Lactose is a co-product of the dairy protein concentration process, and is the largest component in milk. Milk Specialties Global produces lactose for a wide variety of organic and conventional specifications to meet customer needs; this expansion will help support those offerings. 

Milk Specialties began producing milk protein concentrate at its Visalia facility in 2012, and permanently acquired the facility in 2019. The company has since invested in significant improvements, including expanding capacity and operational efficiencies to improve the Visalia facility’s carbon footprint. In addition to its expanded role in lactose production, the Visalia facility produces other milk proteins and micellar casein. 

Additional information about Milk Specialties Global, including the benefits of its proprietary processing methods, can be found on


Milk Specialties Global (MSG) is an industry-leading manufacturer of nutritional ingredients for the health and wellness, performance nutrition and functional food industries, with manufacturing facilities in WI, MN, NE, IL and CA. The core of MSG’s business is in high % protein ingredients (whey protein concentrates, isolates and hydrolysates, as well as milk protein concentrates, isolates and micellar casein), lactose and permeate as well as value added ingredients.


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