Drink for school children

Nutritious drink made from peas

Drink for school childrenA highly nutritious drink made from US dry peas is to be manufactured in Kenya as part of a school feeding scheme.
This follows much success with a similar product in Indonesia. There, the pea-and-rice beverage proved a big hit with thousands of children in central Java. The product also formed part of a school feeding programme and has been available on the open market since last year.
Developed by the US Dry Pea & Lentil Council, a 125ml serving provides 50% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins A and D, 30% of iron, and 29% of calcium (based on Indonesia's department of health standards for children under the age of 12 years).
Two flavours – Ginger and Vanilla Panda – are packaged in 125ml Tetra Pak cartons. They cost 7.8-9USc per unit.
The product is formulated with milk, split yellow peas, rice and sugar, and fortified with vitamins and minerals. It contains 170 calories.
US Dry Pea & Lentil Council regional representative, Johanna Stobbs, says much of the Indonesian project's success can be attributed to support from local manufacturer PT Ultrajaya, Tetra Pak and Land O'Lakes, a US cooperative that manages US Department of Agriculture (USDA) food aid; it gave financial support to test and evaluate the product in the market.
"New flavours are being developed with the goal to reduce the amount of sugar and increase nutritional value. Also under development is a banana-flavoured UHT weaning product," says Stobbs.
Land O'Lakes distributes UHT milk three times a week to almost half a million children across Indonesia and is now looking to develop a pea and wheat flour biscuit to go with the beverage.
US Dry Pea & Lentil Council, contact Johanna Stobbs: Tel + 33-1-45 -513603; fax + 33-1-47-537285; jstobbs@marketbase.fr ; www.pea-lentil.com ; www.beansforhealth.org