Groundbreaking ‘sweet’ culture reduces added sugar in fermented dairy products

Groundbreaking ‘sweet’ culture reduces added sugar in fermented dairy products
Press Release | May 08. 2019 08:40 GMT

Chr. Hansen launches Sweety® Y-1: The first culture in the world allowing dairy manufacturers to create naturally sweeter products while reducing added sugar

Health organizations, governments and retailers are setting objectives to reduce sugar in foods while consumers are increasingly focusing on sugar content, looking for healthy and natural products that taste great. This means dairy manufacturers are experiencing pressure to reduce added sugar in their products, especially in yogurt.

“Dairy manufacturers often add sugar to their products to compensate for the taste of post acidification, finding the right balance between sweet and sour. With our new patented culture, post acidification is very low, which reduces the need for added sugar,” says Jessica Bentley, commercial development manager, Fresh Dairy at Chr. Hansen.

Exploit the natural sweetness in milk

Sweety® Y-1 is an innovative culture solution allowing the natural creation of sweetness by unlocking milk’s own resource – lactose.

“Using what is naturally available in milk and applying our expertise in culture application, we have developed a culture that will enable a sweeter taste than other cultures can,” explains Kim Soerensen, senior principal scientist in strains, Bacterial Physiology at Chr. Hansen.

Sweety® Y-1 is a culture solution using Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus cultures. It can convert the existing sugars in milk, using more of the lactose and yielding glucose – which provides a greater sweetness intensity. This means you can add less sugar and still get the same sweet-tasting product, resulting in a healthier product offering.

Let your yogurt stay sweet throughout shelf life with a clean label

With Sweety® Y-1, Chr. Hansen brings a groundbreaking innovation to the dairy market. The culture enables manufacturers to meet modern market trends and consumer demands for healthy food by reducing added sugar without compromising the good taste of the product.

“Sweety® Y-1 is a mild culture with superior pH stability. This enables dairy manufacturers to create products that maintain sweetness throughout shelf life. As the first and only company to launch such a solution, we expect a lot of interest and are excited to engage with our customers,” Bentley elaborates.

Using Sweety® Y-1 cultures in the production of fermented dairy foods enables dairy producers to:

• Enhance sweetness by converting the existing sugar in milk
• Maintain the sweet taste during shelf life with very low post acidification
• Create natural and clean label products without the use of artificial sweeteners

“At Chr. Hansen, we are dedicated to improving food and health – not only for this generation but for the generations to come. To do this, we are actively contributing to the UN Global Goals, including goal number three: Good health and well-being. Sweety® Y-1 fits this agenda perfectly by using nature’s own resources to provide good tasting fermented dairy products with less sugar added, enhancing a healthy lifestyle,” Bentley concludes.


科汉森是为食品、营养、制药和农业行业开发天然解决方案的一家全球领先的生物科学公司。我们为各种食品、糖果、饮料、膳食补充剂、动物饲料和植物保护开发和生产发酵剂、酶、益生菌和天然色素。我们的产品创新基于大约 40,000 株微生物菌株——我们喜欢称之为“有益菌群”。我们的解决方案帮助食品制造商实现以更少的资源生产更多的产品,同时也减少了化学添加剂和其他合成物添加剂的使用,这使得我们的产品与当今世界息息相关。可持续性是科汉森改善食物和健康的愿景不可分割的一部分。2019 年,科汉森被 Corporate Knights 评为全球最可持续发展的公司,这要归功于我们为可持续发展付出的巨大努力以及我们与客户建立的众多合作伙伴关系。145 年来,我们一直在不断地为我们的合作伙伴以及全球终端消费者创造价值。令我们感到自豪的是,每天有超过 10 亿人在消费含有我们天然成分的产品。科汉森成立于 1874 年,并已在哥本哈根证券交易所上市。

共享