A more easily-digestible form of protein perfect for nutrition products

Hydrolysates are a form of “pre-digested” proteins that are easily digested and rapidly absorbed by the human body – and this is one of the reasons they’re so popular in infant nutrition. Our range of hydrolysates is even more versatile, with specific applications in sports and other adult nutrition too.


  • Mild to moderately hydrolysed options available
  • Easy digestion and rapid absorption
  • Versatile applications across infant, sport and adult nutrition 
  • Options with Halal and Kosher certification

Hydrolysates for infants

Fonterra agrees that breast milk is best for infants and supports the aim and intent of the WHO code which states: Breast milk is the ideal source of nutrition for infants. Breast milk substitutes are recognised by the World Health Organisation as safe and nutritious alternatives to breast milk for infants whose mothers cannot or choose not to breastfeed.

Digestive comfort

Through enzymatic hydrolysis, it’s possible to break down cow’s milk protein into peptides and amino acids, which makes it easier for babies to digest and absorb the protein - an essential nutrient for growth and development. It may also reduce gastrointestinal transit time and contribute to reducing minor feeding issues and promote digestive comfort.

Allergy prevention

When produced in the right way, cow’s milk protein hydrolysates may induce tolerance to cow’s milk proteins. The presence of certain peptides in the hydrolysate can cause the baby’s immune system to correctly recognise them as a food protein and not as an allergen. This may help prevent infants from developing an immune response to dairy products as they grow older. Note that hydrolysates are not recommended for infants with existing allergies.

Hydrolysates for sports

Because hydrolysates are easily digestible and rapidly absorbed it makes them ideal ingredients for active consumers wanting to quickly attain the benefits of protein. Hydrolysates are able to provide the muscle fuel active consumers need when exercising or competing, helping to support muscle maintenance, performance and recovery, pre-, during and post-exercise. 

Hydrolysates for Medical 

Our hydrolysates are a source of easily absorbed high quality nutrition for medical foods.  Our hydrolysates targeted for medical food applications provide functionality to support retort products.  

Our expertise gives you more choice, including tailored solutions

Our hydrolysates are the result of a proprietary process, using selected enzymes to break down the proteins into peptides while controlling the extent of the process. So you can choose the right degree of hydrolysis for your needs, from mild (digestive comfort and fast absorption) to moderate (fast absorption, digestive comfort, tolerance, reducing risk of developing cows’ milk protein allergy, and enteral feeding). 

Some of our Hydrolysates we recommend for Infant Nutrition

SureStart™ 917 Whey Protein Hydrolysate (WPH)

A mildly hydrolysed whey protein for comfort, offering excellent nutritional quality. It boasts very good emulsification propertiesand good solubility, as well as low lactose and ash.

SureStart™ 948 Milk Protein Hydrolysate (MPH)

This casein hydrolysate has high nutritional quality plus good emulsification properties. It is retort stable and features low lactose and fat. 

Some of our Hydrolysates we recommend for Sports and Medical Nutrition

SureProtein™ 911 Whey Protein Hydrolysate (WPH)

This mildly hydrolysed whey protein has excellent nutritional value, is suspension stable with bland flavour, low lactose and low water binding properties. It is ideally suited for bar applications.

SureProtein™ 817 Whey Protein Hydrolysate (WPH)

Retort stable with good emulsification properties, this mildly hydrolysed whey protein is ideal for gel applications, delivering low flavour profile and increased amino acid absorption.

Suitable for infants

particularly those facing feeding and digestion issues

Supports performance

for active consumers before, during and after exercise

More market opportunity

with Halal and Kosher certification, and our expert advice at hand