Yili wants Cornell to develop cheese for Chinese consumers

Yili wants Cornell to develop cheese for Chinese consumers

Yili, the Chinese dairy giant, is teaming up with Cornell University to develop a cheese product for its domestic market.

With Yili funding, Cornell will look to create a "novel" cheese product to sell in China, the US university said.

Carmen Moraru, Cornell's associate professor of food science, is leading the project. "They want to develop a new cheese product, made of milk components and ingredients which Asian consumers are more used to, such as soy proteins," Moraru said. "There are some technical challenges that we're going to try to solve for them, using our knowledge of proteins and texturisation."

The two sides had signed a memorandum of understanding to work on programmes that increase innovation and quality, including in area such as farm technology, milk processing and value-added products.

"Both institutions will learn a lot from each other, and together grow as the world’s major powerhouses in their respected fields of expertise," said Jiwu Yang, general manager of Yili's innovation centre.