Christian Ditlev Ammentorp Hansen (1843-1916)
In 1872 Christian Ditlev Ammentorp Hansen was awarded the gold medal for a chemical treatise. His research was aimed at developing a procedure to extract pure and standardized rennet enzyme from calves’ stomachs, which was used to make cheese. This new method revolutionized the production of wholesome dairy products.
Christian D.A. Hansen’s findings led him to establish his first rennet factory in 1874, soon moving to a larger one where he also started to produce natural colors for butter and cheese.
Thanks to Christian D. A. Hansen's international outlook, companies and agents in Europe as well as in the American market were quickly established, followed later by South America, Australia and Asia.