Articles by John A. Lucey

The case for fortifying cheese

Overall, Americans do not suffer from nutrition deficiencies. But cheesemakers might find opportunities in niche markets. Certain bioactive peptides have potential benefits. They are worth watching.

Fortification is nothing new for the dairy industry. In fact, one of the most well-known examples of beneficial food fortification is the addition of Vitamin D to milk.


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Food processors look for natural cheese

It is estimated that 70% of all cheese used in processing channels is natural. The key varieties are Cheddar, mozzarella, cream cheese and hard Italian cheeses.

Cheese usage today falls into three categories — industrial, retail and foodservice.


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Many roads lead to sodium reduction in cheese products

Potassium chloride has been explored as a salt replacer. Other approaches include adding flavor enhancers, using fermentates and trying selected starter adjuncts.


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In exports, one size (or cheese) does not fit all

Customers in Mexico, Asia and the Middle East want U.S. cheese. But exporters have to know the nuances of each market. For example, most Chinese consumers probably have little experience with natural cheese.


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The cheese of the future

Cheese manufacturers and their suppliers will develop more pronounced flavors. They’ll use waterless mozzarella cookers and make cheeses entirely in their retail containers.
The dairy industry is an innovative field, always working to meet or anticipate consumer needs and adjust products and manufacturing practices to suit the marketplace. So, it comes as no surprise that we are already considering the cheeses of the future.
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Technology is creating new dairy products

Advances in membrane technology, microbiological techniques and analytical testing help the dairy industry produce new products, improve processing efficiency and gain greater control over manufacturing processes.
Recent advances in dairy science and manufacturing technologies are helping to lead the way to better, safer and more economical products. In particular, advances in membrane technology, microbiological techniques and analytical testing are helping the dairy industry to produce new products, improve processing efficiency and gain greater control over manufacturing processes. As the science continues to grow, we are entering an exciting time for the dairy industry.
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The balancing act in making process cheese

When sodium salts are reduced in a cheese product, the pH and moisture content should be adjusted as well.
The topic of sodium reduction in dairy products continues to garner attention within the dairy industry, whether it is focused on the possible health benefits of a low-sodium product or the safety risks that can come with lower salt levels.
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Make a better-tasting, low-fat Cheddar

Rather than calling them low-fat Cheddars, describe them as high in protein, much like Greek yogurt makers compare themselves to traditional yogurt.
During the past few years, pressure to manufacture good tasting low-fat and reduced-fat options for the foodservice and ingredient industries has grown. New limits and regulations have led to even greater pressure on the dairy industry to produce and manufacture such products. While we face some challenges, the dairy industry has already developed several solutions.
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 At its Natrel Division plant in St. Paul, Minn, Agropur makes rBST-free white and flavored milk, heavy whipping cream, half n half, buttermilk, organic milk, nutritional drinks and shakes and sport drinks. Nondairy beverages (soy, rice, coconut, and almond) coffee creamers, broth and sauces. 

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Harness Your Product Inspection Program to Save Money, Ensure Quality and Drive Efficiencies

Consolidation in the dairy industry is raising the bar on innovation and driving efficiencies to ensure competitiveness. One area often overlooked is the role that the right product inspection program can play in supporting the organization’s overall business goals and protecting brand reputation. Drawing on best practices in metal detection, X-ray inspection and checkweighing, this session will cover criteria to help determine the right technologies to employ for a given product and packaging type for high-value, perishable dairy products.

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