Nestlé upcycles Milo byproduct for ‘low-income’ breakfast

Nestlé is set to launch a new porridge which utilises a byproduct of Milo, its chocolate malt drink. 

It will reportedly provide low-income families with a “nutritious” and cheap breakfast. 

According to the producer, the cereal is made from a sorghum side stream sourced from Nestlé’s Agbara, Nigeria factory. 

The product, typically discarded while creating Milo, has been blended with wheat and maize in an effort to match the regional needs and tastes of the country. 

It will apparently “fully valorize raw materials and avoid nutrient loss.” 

Nestlé claimed the product has been optimised using Grainsmart, a “nutritional concept” to achieve the ideal balance of fibre and carbohydrates. 

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It is currently being tested with the business’ research and development centre in Abidjan and has been rolled out to customers in the Côte d’Ivoire under the brand Golden Morn. 

The brand comes as part of the producer’s movement to use agricultural byproducts in a bid to reduce food waste.  

If the test run proves successful, the porridge is scheduled for a regional launch in 2022. 

“Ensuring that everyone can enjoy affordable, nutritious foods is a priority for Nestlé,” Nestlé Abidjan research and development head Tesfalidet Haile said.  

“Our teams developed the recipe for this porridge to suit local nutritional needs and tastes. 

“Using the sorghum side stream is a double win. It provides us with an affordable source of protein and fiber – and helps to reduce food waste and nutrient losses.” 

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