Fonterra recognised for reduce-salt cheese at IDF Innovation Awards

has received the Best New Cheese Award at the International Dairy Federation (IDF) Innovation Awards in Salzburg as recognition for its reduce-salt Cheddar cheese.

Jeremy Hill, Fonterra chief technology officer, said the Savoury Cheddar is the company’s response to consumer demand and calls from nutritionists and regulators for foods that are lower in sodium.

“Globally, we’re seeing a real trend among health-conscious consumers towards products that are lower in salt. At the same time, consumers tell us they aren’t willing to compromise on taste. In our new Savoury Cheddar, we’ve achieved a product with the full flavour and functionality of a standard Cheddar, but with 40 per cent less salt,” he said.

The Savoury Cheddar has an equivalent shelf life to standard Cheddar and does not require freezing like traditional low salt cheese.

Hill said Fonterra will now focus on commercialising the product.


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