Ingredients company Dansico has unveiled plans to invest in its US manufacturing facility in response to the rapid growth of the US cheese cultures market.

The company said that new facilities and a higher capacity would go into operation this April to meet growing demand for frozen Direct Vat Inoculants (DVI) cultures for cheese.

The US$9m investment includes one of the biggest ultra-cold stores in the world and a high-tech automatic packaging line for handling frozen DVI cultures in pellet form.

Danisco has also added two new DVI culture lines for parmesan and cottage cheese,
supplementing the existing lines for pizza cheese and American-style cheese.

“The purpose of the investment was to develop new solutions to meet the unmet need for low cost-in-use DVI cultures for the US cheese market,” Patrick Veau, vice-president of dairy & food cultures, said.

“As a big part of that, we have expanded our production capacity within deep-frozen
pellets, which cheese manufacturers can use directly from frozen.”