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Novel Processing Technology for Manufacturing Low- fat Mozzarella-type Cheese with Superior Performance in Ready Meals

Objective

Our novel concept is to develop a low-fat cheese processing technology to enable the production of low-fat Mozzarella-type ingredient cheese with superior texture, flavour and melting qualities. The newly developed low-fat cheese will be suitable for use in pizzas, ready meals, fast food, sandwiches and salads. Our primary target markets are the industrial cheese sector for chilled and frozen pizzas and ready meals. We will also target the retail and foodservices sectors.

We propose to develop a Mozzarella-type cheese with <3% fat which is a significant improvement on the currently available 5% fat cheese. Reduced (12% fat) and lower fat content Mozzarella-type cheese are currently available on the market but with very poor qualities of flavour, texture and melting, widely prevents them from consumer acceptance. Therefore we will introduce new innovative starter cultures for improving the flavour and texture of low-fat Mozzarella-type cheeses and optimize appropriate processing conditions of temperature, pH, milk fat and casein-to-fat ratio in the milk. Furthermore, we will develop an innovative oil coating process for improving the meltdown of the low-fat cheese after it is shredded in the meal in preparation. Based on the scientific findings of the coating process, we will then develop an oil coating device which will successfully coat cheese shreds.

We will enhance our knowledge of starter cultures and oil coating of cheese and hence provide the end consumer with a cheese displaying desired texture, flavour and melting profiles. We strongly believe that our technology will help the European cheesemaking industry which is facing the threat of losing a significant proportion of its market as a result of European legislation which calls for limiting saturated and trans fat content both in cheese and cheese-based products.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Sweden
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 70 109
Administrative Contact
Helena Bysell (Dr.)

Participants (11)

PIMEC PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE C ATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 229 042,15
Address
Calle Viladomat 174
08015 Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Robert Carroll
TUERKIYE SUET ET GIDA SANAYICILERI VE UERETICILERI BIRLIGI DERNEGI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 149 837,40
Address
Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi 2125 Sok A Blok 6/8
06510 Ankara
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Melek Us (Mrs.)
JOSEPH HELER LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 348 829
Address
Laurels Farm Hatherton
CW5 7PE Nantwich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Toward (Mr.)
DOMCA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 283 776,90
Address
Camino De Jayena Sn
18620 Alhendin Granada
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Girela Baena (Mr.)
NIZO FOOD RESEARCH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 35 410
Address
Kernhemseweg 2
6718 ZB Ede Gld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frans Scheeppers (Mr.)
DAIRY UK LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 271 227,75
Address
Baker Street 93
W1U 6RL London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ed Komorowski (Dr.)
THE UK HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 30 762,90
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Tranter (Mr.)
CSK FOOD ENRICHMENT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 18 980,40
Address
Pallasweg 1
8938AS Leeuwarden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wilco Meijer (Dr.)
NORTHERN FOODS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 84 335
Address
Trinity Park House Fox Way
WF2 8EE Wakefield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Simpson (Dr.)
BOLUDA DIVISION INDUSTRIAL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 280 128,50
Address
Calle Joiers, Vial A, Nave 9 17-19
08184 Palau Solita I Plegamans
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesc Martinez (Mr.)
YKI, YTKEMISKA INSTITUTET AB

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 48 561
Address
Drottning Kristinas Vaeg 45
11486 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Helena Bysell (Dr.)