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New cultures secure mildness in cheese

Press release   •   Jul 14, 2011 08:30 UTC

Chr. Hansen introduces ‘Mild O’, a new cheese culture range which provides great flavor and texture in various cheese types, particularly in Southern European gourmet cheeses.

The main applications for ‘Mild O’ cultures are soft cheese (e.g. camembert and brie), white brined cheese (feta), quark, a type of fresh cheese, as well as specific gourmet style continental cheeses for instance with blends of goat, sheep and cow milk.

“We recommend the ‘Mild O’ cultures for cheese producers who want to optimize the mild flavor in their cheese and avoid bitterness,” says Theis Bacher, Marketing Manager, Cheese Cultures, Chr. Hansen. “Further, the new culture blends slow down the acidification process which removes the risk of a brittle or hard cheese texture. Finally, the cultures are quite salt sensitive. This is an advantage to cheese producers who wish to avoid post acidification usually causing sour flavor notes in the cheese. Using a ‘Mild O’ culture blend, producers can simply stop the acidification process at high pH and thereby avoid excessive sourness.”

“Commercially, we are expecting these cultures to gain solid footing in several markets and cheese segments within the next couple of years because of their powerful mildness profile and versatile applications. In particular, we know from introductory trials that there is a great potential in specific Southern European gourmet cheese segments such as manchego and pecorino sardo,” Theis Bacher elaborates.

The strains in the ‘Mild O’ culture blends have been carefully selected among hundreds of strains for their ability to remove bitterness in the cheese. The primary reason for their mild flavor profile is the high content of ‘cremoris’ subspecies strains in the blends.

Additionally, the cultures have been developed so they each have several different strains in the blends. This provides the cultures with good protection against phage attacks.

‘Mild O’ cultures come in both freeze-dried and frozen formats.

Chr. Hansen is a global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. The products include cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors, and all solutions are based on strong research and development competencies coupled with significant technology investments. Revenue in the 2013/14 financial year was EUR 756 million. The company holds a leading market position in all its divisions: Cultures & Enzymes, Health & Nutrition and Natural Colors. It has more than 2,500 dedicated employees in over 30 countries and main production facilities in Denmark, France, USA and Germany. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen.

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