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1. WO2014173966 - POWDERED COMPOSITION FOR USE IN AN INSTANT MILK TEA POWDER

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CLAIMS

1 . A powdered composition comprising:

• 25-35% of di-/tri-saccharides other than lactose;

• 3-20% of lactose;

• 2-15% milk protein other than processed soluble caseinate;

• 35-50% fat; and

• 3-7% emulsifier.

2. A powdered composition according to claim 1 which comprises less than 10% of maltodextrin and / or glucose syrup having a DE of less than 40.

3. A powdered composition according to claim 2 which contains essentially no maltodextrin or glucose syrup having a DE of less than 40.

4. A powdered composition according to any of claims 1 to 3 which comprises less than 1 % processed soluble caseinate,

5. A powdered composition according to claim 4 which contains essentially no processed soluble caseinate.

6. A powdered composition according to any of claims 1 to 5 wherein the di-/tri- saccharide comprises sucrose.

7. A powdered composition according to any of claims 1 to 6 wherein the milk protein is provided as skim milk powder.

8. A powdered composition according to claim 7 wherein the skim milk powder is present in an amount of from 5 to 50%.

9. A powdered composition according to any of claims 1 to 8 wherein the fat is a vegetable oil.

10. A powdered composition according to claim 9 wherein the vegetable oil is hardened palm kernel oil or hardened coconut oil.

1 1 . A powdered composition according to any of claims 1 to 10 which comprises:

• 25-35% sucrose;

• 10-25% skim milk powder;

• 35-50% hardened vegetable oil; and

• 3-7% emulsifier.

12. A powdered composition according to claim 1 1 which comprises:

• 30-33% sucrose;

• 16-22% skim milk powder;

• 42-45% hardened vegetable oil; and

• 4-6% emulsifier.

13. An instant milk tea powder comprising

• 15 to 90% of a powdered composition according to any preceding claim,

• 1 to 15% of tea solids,

• 0 to 70% of monosaccharides or disaccharides in addition to those present in the powdered composition, and

• 0 to 4% of anti-caking agents and / or hydrocolloids and / or flavours and / or high intensity sweeteners.

14. A process for producing a powdered composition according to any of claims 1 to 12, the process comprising the steps of:

(i) producing a dispersion in water of (by weight of the total solids) 25- 35% of di-/tri-saccharides other than lactose; 3-20% of lactose, 2-15% milk protein other than processed soluble caseinate, 35-50% fat and 3-7% emulsifier; and

(ii) spray-drying the dispersion to produce the powdered composition.

A process according to claim 14 wherein 0.2 - 1 .5% of an anti-caking agent is added to the powdered composition after spray-drying, and the powdered composition is then further dried in a fluid bed dryer.