From the appearance to the flavor profile, enjoying cheese is a wonderful sensory experience. As such, manufacturers work hard to meet the flavor, texture and visual expectations of customers, but visual defects can detract from the premium image of cheese.
Latin American cheese production in the United States has seen substantial growth over the last decade. Driven by the increase in the Hispanic population in the United States, which is now over 55 million, as well as increased consumer interest in specialty cheese, production has increased from around 167 million pounds 10 years ago to around 254 million pounds in 2015.
Innovation is a major driving force in the dairy industry. From new product development to improved testing methods, the industry is constantly working to develop technologies that allow us to create uniquely delicious products that exceed consumer expectations.
Eye development in cheese can be a sought-after attribute or an unfortunate defect, but in both cases, gas is the culprit. That’s why it is essential for cheesemakers to understand the basics of gas development and apply that knowledge, whether they are looking to make a tightly knit Cheddar or a Swiss with perfect eyes.