New Zealand Milk Products (North America) Inc., a Californian company, was issued US patent 6177118 for 'Methods for producing cheese and cheese products.' The process is claimed to simplify and quicken cheesemaking. Abstract: The invention relates to a simplified, rapid method which is suitable for making a variety of cheese and cheese products, including natural and processed cheese, in a single installation with common equipment. In particular, the invention concerns a method of making cheese, comprising the steps of: