New trends within cottage cheese meet consumer demands for a wider variety of ingredients and packaging – and explore the potential of cottage cheese as a complete snack meal.
From pineapple and passion fruit to feta cheese and olives, new flavour combinations with herbs, spices and fruit pieces are in demand. This means producers need a solution that enables efficient ingredient addition and ensures gentle, homogenous blending.
Producers are now packaging and marketing cottage cheese as a complete snack meal. Extra ingredients include crackers with tomato chutney or caramelized onions, as well as nuts and dried fruit, to give consumers a convenient and nutritious on-the-go meal.
Producers are also seeing an increase in demands for variations of the traditional 4% fat cottage cheese with variations such as low-fat, fat-free, low-lactose and lactose-free products as well as organic and dry curd versions to meet specific dietary preferences.
Producers need to be agile in their production to capitalize on these trends. They need to be able to test new cottage cheese products and run smaller batches when introducing new products to the market. The Tetra Pak® Blender VCC ensures gentle agitation and consistent high quality at all fill levels, enabling producers to run test batches and smaller production batches. This allows more flexible processing and lets producers diversify their product range even when the market isn’t established enough to warrant a full batch every time.