DSM launches culture system for cheese making

by Keith Nunes
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DELFT, THE NETHERLANDS — DSM Food Specialties has launched Delvo-Star, a starter culture system for improving the cheese making process. Ready in six hours from inoculation to use, Delvo-Star gives cheese processors greater flexibility in their manufacturing plants, according to the company.

A combination of Lactococcus lactis and cremoris strains, Delvo-Star is a phage robust, highly active semi-liquid formulation suitable for a large number of cheese types, in particular American-style cheddar (both mild and sharp aged) and cottage cheese.

"The introduction of Delvo-Star is a real innovation for the dairy industry," said Peter Kempe, president of DSM Food Specialties, USA Inc. "It allows users to consistently produce cheese with the original texture and flavor while speeding up and simplifying the overall process. By cutting the starter preparation time to just six hours, Delvo-Star is also the ideal solution for plants with limited starter capacity — giving them the freedom to make choices on a day to day basis."

The culture is added directly to pasteurized milk in the starter tank and requires no media, eliminating a part of the culture preparation process. Starter production may be doubled and manufacturers may produce more than one type of cheese each day, according to DSM Food Specialties.

"By using Delvo-Star starter culture systems, we believe cheese makers will maximize their product yield whilst benefiting from one of the lowest total cost-in-use systems on the market," Mr. Kempe said.

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