DuPont Nutrition & Health has opened a new technical service center to support dairy manufacturers in the growing Eastern European market. Expanding the company’s global service network, the center specializes in optimizing starter culture performance in fresh fermented dairy production.
Yogurt and other fresh fermented dairy products are important drivers of the dairy market in Eastern Europe, where Euromonitor International forecasts value sales will grow 6% a year up to 2018.
Strategies against bacteriophages
Located in Kiev, Ukraine, the technical service center will focus primarily on issues related to bacteriophages. These viruses impact the acidification performance of yogurt starter cultures and are a common cause of production failures or product quality issues. The center will also work with basic microbial analyses.
“Efficient strategies against bacteriophage development are essential to ensure stable batch-to-batch production and premium quality products,” says Dmitrij Shulmeister, Sales Director SAFI South-Eastern Europe & Balkans, DuPont Nutrition & Health. “In addition to routine analyses of customers’ product samples, our application specialists can identify the optimum starter cultures for use in rotary combinations and provide prompt assistance when bacteriophage issues arise.”
Global network complete
DuPont has similar technical service centers in place in France, China and the USA. The new center in Kiev is another step in completing the global network of regional outposts.
“Eastern Europe has one of the most dynamic dairy markets in the world. The strategic location of our center in Kiev makes us even more responsive to our customers’ product development needs,” Dmitrij Shulmeister says.
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