Danisco USA Inc., New Century, Kan.. introduced MicroGARD 430, a natural antimicrobial that can be used in the processing of cottage cheese filled above 45°F and up to 55°F, improving the texture and mouthfeel of traditional cottage cheese and saving cottage cheese manufacturers both time and energy.  

Until now, manufacturers could only use potassium sorbate, a chemical preservative, in cottage cheese operations filled above 45°F. MicroGARD 430 opens the door for manufacturers to use as a natural alternative and addresses both consumers’ and dairy processors’ demands for improved cottage cheese flavor and processing flexibility.

MicroGARD 430 is FDA-accepted and was designed to reduce the growth of a wide array of harmful and spoilage bacteria, as well as various yeasts and molds. MicroGARD 430 consists of cultured, non-rBST, grade-A non-fat dry milk powder, which allows for a clean and simple product label. MicroGARD 430 comes from Danisco’s Care4U family of natural food protection solutions which are solutions that provide sustainable bioprotection for the food industry.

Market opportunity
“Danisco recognized the market need for a natural alternative to potassium sorbate when filling above 45°F,” explains Matt Hundt, global product manager for MicroGARD, Danisco. “In response, we worked to gain FDA acceptance for MicroGARD 430 use in the manufacture of traditional cottage cheese filled between 45°F and 55°F. Being able to provide a simple product label with natural ingredients is very important in today’s market.”

As a trusted industry partner, Danisco continues to provide a broad range of solutions for cultured dairy products such as cottage cheese that optimizes the use of natural ingredients, processing efficiency, product quality and shelf life. From cultures, antimicrobials, coagulants and probiotics to textural ingredients and functional systems for the benefit of dairy processors, their customers and consumers, Danisco products work together to create high-quality traditional cottage cheese.

To learn more about Danisco ingredients for cottage cheese and other dairy products, go to www.danisco.com.