Fonterra ventures into the Brazilian pizza market with its first sale of its high quality, extra stretch Individual Quick Frozen (IQF) mozzarella.
It landed the sale with São Paulo’s oldest and most traditional pizzeria Cantina Castelões.
Founded in 1924, Cantina Castelões is known for its pizzas and still sells the popular pizza that bears its name Castelões – mozzarella, tomato sauce and spicy Calabresa sausage.
IQF mozzarella is made from pure New Zealand milk using world-leading technology developed at the Fonterra Research and Development Centre in Palmerston North.
It has features that binds the topping to the base, provides color and texture and extra stretch.
It is snap frozen at peak maturity to capture freshness and its authentic taste, and pre-shredded for ease of use.
Fonterra recently announced it was building a US$240 million plant to help meet growing demand – the single largest foodservice investment in New Zealand’s dairy industry history.
It will allow it to double the Co-operative’s capacity to produce its revolutionary mozzarella, which is made from milk in one day instead of the usual two to three months taken by conventional mozzarella processes.
It will come on stream in September 2018.
Once complete, it will make Fonterra’s Clandeboye site the largest producer of natural mozzarella in the Southern Hemisphere.
The IQF mozzarella is the result of patented technology developed by the Fonterra Research and Development Centre, and supported by Transforming the Dairy Value Chain – a Primary Growth Partnership program between the Ministry of Primary Industries, Fonterra and DairyNZ.