DSM unveils new portfolio for plant-based cheese

To help manufacturers deliver authentic cheese-like taste experiences

Royal DSM, a global science-based company headquartered at Netherlands, has unveiled a new portfolio for plant-based cheese which brings together DSM’s range of solutions and expertise to solve some of the category’s biggest challenges in taste, texture and health.

The portfolio includes dairy-type flavours and concentrates from DSM’s acquisition of First Choice Ingredients as well as texture, nutrition and colour solutions that enable producers to deliver authentic, dairy-like taste experiences. The new portfolio supports the creation of plant-based alternatives that more accurately replicate the properties of consumer favourites like sliced gouda and cheddar, shredded mozzarella, parmesan and cream cheeses.

The plant-based cheese industry is growing, increasing in retail value by around 9% each year.This steady growth is attracting a lot of interest from traditional dairy and specialised plant-based brands with 388 plant-based cheeses launched in 2021 alone. But formulation challenges often result in products that lack the typical complex, intense, and unique dairy-like taste, aroma and texture profile desired by consumers adding plant-based alternatives to their diets.

Plant-based cheese is often low in vitamins, minerals and protein when compared to dairy-based cheese. Here, DSM’s nutritional premix blends of vitamins and minerals help bridge the gap, allowing producers to include micronutrients such as vitamins A, B2 and B12 as well as calcium, iodine, selenium and zinc, all prevalent in traditional dairy products.

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