In answer to customers seeking new ways to use cheese, Glanbia Nutritionals has launched a shelf stable, protein packed natural shredded cheese that offers versatility in both formulation and flavor.
The process to make freeze dried cheese at Glanbia Nutritionals is 100% natural and amplifies the protein using award winning cheese. “Freeze drying, also known as lyophilization technology precisely dehydrates fresh natural shredded cheese in a specialized commercial dryer,” Beem explained.
Freeze dried cheese is not new to the market; it is currently used primarily in survival kits or emergency food storage meals. But the way it is currently used is limited. Glanbia Nutritionals, a nutritional solutions company as well as the world’s largest American style cheese maker, believes this product can be used in more mainstream applications such as nutrition bars, soups, and snack foods
Michael Levine, Product Director of Cheese at Glanbia Nutritionals said, “Currently the freeze dried food market is about a $1.4 billion a year market with 4% growth. There is great opportunity to develop new cheese products using freeze dried technology, especially given the fact that freeze dried cheese triples the level of protein found in standard cheddar cheese by sheer concentration.”