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Crino® Refined Edible Lactose

Crino® refined edible lactose is a versatile coproduct of cheese and whey production formed by concentration, crystallization, refining, and drying of whey permeate. The lactose crystals are ground into a fine powder or go through further processing to manufacture lactose derivatives.

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  • Confections
  • Beverages
  • Frozen desserts
  • Baked goods
  • Powdered mixes
  • Flavorings
  • Meats

The white or cream in color lactose crystals can take two different forms, alpha, and beta, which characterize their ability to dissolve in a solution, hold water, crystallize, etc. Agropur’s Crino® lactose comes in multiple formats including Crino® Refined Edible Lactose (Medium Grind) and Crino®  Refined Edible Lactose (Fine Grind).


  • Improved color, flavor and texture of baked goods
  • An economical source of dairy solids
  • Adds body and bulk without an intense increase in sweetness
  • Moisture retention
  • Browning and color enhancement