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Cargill develops dairy-free cheese


October 5, 2009 – Crops major Cargill says it has launched a breakthrough innovation that enables the cost-effective production of a 100 per cent non-dairy cheese analogue for pizzas and other prepared food dishes.

The lygomme ACH optimum functional system replicates the functionality of dairy protein and replaces it fully with a cost advantage for the manufacturer. Fabien Bouron, senior dairy applications specialist at Cargill Texturising Solutions, said, "Cheese represents approximately 15 per cent of a pizza recipe and given its high and fluctuating price, it can have a significant impact on the cost of pizza production. In order to protect their margins, manufacturers have traditionally had to choose between raising pizza prices, limiting portion sizes, or using a blend of different cheeses depending on their current market value."

According to Cargill, the new process removes this instability by offering manufacturers a cheaper cheese alternative for pizza which can be used to completely replace highly volatile dairy proteins. Furthermore, its appearance, taste and texture match those of processed cheese based on dairy proteins and are similar to those of traditional hard cheeses, such as gouda, cheddar or gruyere.

Cargill says the new cheese provides the same key physical and rheological properties as those of analogue pizza cheeses: taste, firmness, appearance, shreadability and melting behaviour.

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