DSM launches benzoate-free cheese ripening enzyme for clean label dairy

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12 Jun 2018 --- DSM has launched Accelerzyme CPG, the company’s new enzyme for accelerated cheese ripening, which is now benzoate-free. With this upgrade, DSM’s core portfolio of cheese enzymes – including Maxiren XDS and Fromase – is now completely benzoate-free, allowing cheesemakers to respond to growing consumer demand for dairy products with a clean and clear label.

With artificial preservatives falling out of favor, cheesemakers are increasingly on the lookout for benzoate-free enzymes which help to guarantee that not just cheese but also whey is benzoate-free. DSM is upgrading its entire cheese enzyme portfolio in response to this need, employing innovative production technology and changing the formulation matrices of these products to eliminate the need for Benzoate-based preservation. 

“Today’s cheese manufacturers face multiple challenges – to continually increase cheese quality while optimizing whey value and producing their products in an efficient, sustainable way,” says Evandro Oliveira de Souza, Global Business Lead for Cheese at DSM Food Specialties. 

“High-quality, high-purity ingredients are key. At DSM, we want to continuously improve our portfolio to keep pace with the changing consumer and customer demand for better, healthier, and more sustainable food.”

“Accelerzyme CPG was successfully launched a few years ago to accelerate cheese ripening. The upgrade to its benzoate-free version is part of our strategic direction for cheese enzymes including coagulants and ripening, and it took approximately one year to be developed, tested, and launched,” Oliveira de Souza tells FoodIngredientsFirst.

“At DSM Food Specialties, our purpose is Enabling Better Food for Everyone. That means creating better food that answers to today’s consumer trends, including the trend towards more natural products that don’t contain artificial preservatives. We have moved our core portfolio of coagulant and ripening enzymes towards benzoate-free, enabling our customers to respond to this demand. Benzoate-free Accelerzyme CPG is the last product in our core portfolio to undergo this upgrading process. We recognize that customers and consumers around the world expect food products with ever more clean and clear labels. This is no longer a market trend – it is a market reality. DSM is constantly looking at opportunities to take its product portfolio to the next level in this regard.” 

“Dairy developers are constantly looking at ways to make cheese more sustainable. Benzoate-free Accelerzyme CPG supports this process since it affects quite positively the triple P (Planet, People and Profit) of cheese making,” he adds. 

The latest addition to the benzoate-free range of cheese enzymes is Accelerzyme CPG, a unique carboxypeptidase cheese ripening enzyme that accelerates balanced flavor formation in a variety of different cheese types. Accelerzyme CPG causes small peptides and amino acids in milk to release faster during the ripening process, converting these to flavor components by the added cheese cultures. This results in a faster ripening time and a smaller environmental footprint. 

Products in DSM’s portfolio of benzoate-free cheese enzymes include Maxiren XDS, a chymosin preparation with the highest-known protein specificity, which enables producers to get more from their milk and increase annual production by around 1 percent. Other products are Fromase, a microbial coagulant (endopeptidase) preparation, and a portfolio of lipases. 

By Elizabeth Green

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