Chr. Hansen launches dairy culture to reduce added sugar

15 May 2019

Chr. Hansen has launched Sweety Y-1, which it claims is the first culture in the world to allow dairy manufacturers to create naturally sweeter products while reducing added sugar.

Health organizations, governments and retailers are setting objectives to reduce sugar in foods while consumers are increasingly focusing on sugar content, looking for healthy and natural products that taste great, the company notes. This, it says, means dairy manufacturers are experiencing pressure to reduce added sugar in their products, especially in yogurt.

Chr. Hansen launches dairy culture to reduce added sugar

“Dairy manufacturers often add sugar to their products to compensate for the taste of post acidification, finding the right balance between sweet and sour. With our new patented culture, post acidification is very low, which reduces the need for added sugar,” said Jessica Bentley, commercial development manager, Fresh Dairy at Chr. Hansen.

Sweety Y-1 is described as an innovative culture solution allowing the natural creation of sweetness by unlocking milk’s own resource – lactose.

“Using what is naturally available in milk and applying our expertise in culture application, we have developed a culture that will enable a sweeter taste than other cultures can,” said Kim Soerensen, senior principal scientist in strains, Bacterial Physiology at Chr. Hansen.

Sweety Y-1 is a culture solution using Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus cultures. It can convert the existing sugars in milk, using more of the lactose and yielding glucose – which provides a greater sweetness intensity. This means less sugar can be added yet still get the same sweet-tasting product, resulting in a healthier product offering.

“Sweety Y-1 is a mild culture with superior pH stability. This enables dairy manufacturers to create products that maintain sweetness throughout shelf life. As the first and only company to launch such a solution, we expect a lot of interest and are excited to engage with our customers,” Bentley said.

“At Chr. Hansen, we are dedicated to improving food and health – not only for this generation but for the generations to come. To do this, we are actively contributing to the UN Global Goals, including goal number three: Good health and well-being. Sweety Y-1 fits this agenda perfectly by using nature’s own resources to provide good tasting fermented dairy products with less sugar added, enhancing a healthy lifestyle,” Bentley said.

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