DENMARK – The global ingredients and bioscience company has launched the CHY-MAX Supreme, its latest enzyme which enables cheesemakers increase cheese yield by up to 1%.

The addition is Chr. Hansen’s third generation of CHY-MAX fermentation produced

chymosin (FPC) range of coagulants, that is said to have the ability to produce more cheese out of the same amount of milk without compromising on functionality.

CHY-MAX® Supreme is a product of five years of intensive research and innovation that helps cheese makers deliver a greater commercial return by offering higher yield, faster and more precise production and superior functionality.

Chr. Hansen says the new enzyme processes more milk and cheese in less time plus better slicing and grating of cheese with reduced giveaways and controlled protein breakdown over time, without impacting on the whey quality.

“We understand the challenges of modern cheesemakers who are under pressure to generate maximum value, increase flexibility, and meet customer demand for better functionality and convenient cheese formats,” said Soeren Herskind, vice president, Commercial Development, Chr. Hansen.

“To accommodate those needs, we are delighted to bring our newest innovation to the market.”

Intended for use in bovine cheeses, such as cheddar, continental and mozzarella, the offering can also be applied to buffalo or sheep milk for cheese production.

According to the ingredient’s supplier, the enzyme is the most precise and innovative coagulant on the market, allowing for a significant yield increase of up to 1%.

CHY-MAX® Supreme was developed by increasing the specificity of its CHY-MAX M enzyme to more precisely cut milk protein.

According to Soeren Herskind, by cutting the protein, you create a web of the milk components that retain the fat globules and make sure they don’t wash away into the whey.

The increased yield comes from leaving more fat in the cheese, but a bit of it comes from the protein, said Soeren.

The launch supports the company’s efforts in creating more sustainable solutions for customers who want to reduce their environmental footprint.

“With experts based in over 30 countries, we are ready to go onsite and ensure our solutions work optimally in our customers’ products and production systems,” said Herskind.

“Whether they want to optimize processes, develop new products, or reduce their environmental impact, Chr. Hansen is a wide-ranging partner with cultures, enzymes, digital tools for measuring coagulation, and local expertise to help our customers turn challenges into opportunities.”