Bio-protective culture secures Chr. Hansen French innovation award

Bio-protective culture secures Chr. Hansen French innovation award
Press ReleaseFeb 24. 2014 10:40 GMT

FreshQ® wins prestigious award in the Food Ingredients category at the largest food ingredients event in France
At this year’s CFIA in Rennes, France, a panel of leading industry experts selected Chr. Hansen’s FreshQ®- a breakthrough culture innovation providing effective protection of fresh fermented dairy products - over competitor ingredients.

The innovation award was presented in the Food Ingredients category and recognizes Chr. Hansen’s contribution to the dairy industry and its leading position in the field of innovation.

Improving food and health
Upon proudly accepting the award Stephanie Serrault, Project Manager (left in photo), and Marion Piquet, Marketing Engineer, Chr. Hansen, declared:

“The judges have acknowledged that FreshQ® enables dairy producers to increase shelf life of their products, be that yogurt, sour cream, quark, tvarog or white brined cheese (Feta), in an all-natural way. Moreover it limits food waste, which is exactly what the market expects today."

Addresses global challenge
With the ability to inhibit contamination, improve freshness and prolong shelf life FreshQ® addresses the global concern relating to food waste.

According to Innova Market Insights, food waste will be at the top of the trends list for the food and beverage industry in 2014, following a major shift towards greater awareness of food waste in 2013:

“Food loss during production and food waste at the retailer and consumer end of the food-supply chain will be heavily scrutinized. Ingredients derived from the waste stream will also hold enormous potential.” (source: Innova Market Insights.)

Chr. Hansen’s competencies are not limited to the dairy segment. The company also offers bioprotection cultures that suppress the development of molds in fermented meat such as salami.


Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements and even animal feed and plant protection. Our product innovation is based on more than 30,000 microbial strains – we like to refer to them as ‘good bacteria’. Our solutions enable food manufacturers to produce more with less – while also reducing the use of chemicals and other synthetic additives – which make our products highly relevant in today’s world. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 140 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day. Revenue in the 2017/18 financial year was EUR 1,097 million. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.