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Europe: DSM releases cultures to reduce food waste in dairy

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DSM launches the DelvoGuard cultures for producers who are looking for clean label solutions to reduce dairy losses and to increase the shelf life of their products.

The protective cultures are designed to reduce food waste in dairy.

Using DelvoGuard protective cultures helps dairy producers meet consumer demands for natural and easily recognizable ingredients as no additional labeling is needed.

The patent-pending DelvoGuard cultures are based on Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus sakei strains.

Building on the traditional principles of fermentation, DSM’s food scientists have harnessed these strains to develop a unique solution that provide synergistic effects against yeast and mold in two ways: by the production of various inhibitory compounds and through competitive exclusion.

This enables a longer shelf-life and supports producers in expanding their geographical markets and developing innovative product concepts, without concerns about fungal spoilage.

“Food and beverage producers including dairy go to great lengths to boost efficiency and minimize waste throughout the production and distribution of their products, as do retailers at the point of sale,” says Gregory Kesel, director of the cultures business at DSM Food Specialties.

“Studies show that a considerable level of waste occurs after the moment of purchase; in developed markets like North America and Europe, this phase accounts for as much as half of all dairy food waste.”

“Enabling dairy companies to ensure that their products stay in perfect condition for days or even weeks longer helps their brands and business — and helps consumers to reduce the amount of food that gets thrown away because of spoilage, instead of being eaten and enjoyed.”