Global Leader in Glucono Delta Lactone, Roquette Boosts Production Capacity
Roquette is supporting increasing GDL use worldwide with a new production facility at its Cassano Spinola1 site in Italy. The facility, which has been in operation for several months, meets strict quality standards and is aimed at the growing demand for GDL, notably in cheese-making applications.
According to Euromonitor International, the cheese sector is growing at an AAGR2 of 2.5% and soft cheeses at 3%. Although GDL is the preferred acid for these applications, the main obstacle to its use over recent years has been its limited availability.
Currently a variety of different products are substituted for GDL, depending on the application. Examples are citric acid and lactic ferment but neither can match GDL’s advantages, i e its beneficial effect on texture, yield ratio, sodium content and use. Its neutral flavour is also a major advantage.
Roquette has been manufacturing GDL since the late 1980s, and has regularly stepped up its production capacity to meet the growing need. The company exports GDL worldwide and to support its customers is also gradually expanding its network of technical experts. “Our additional capacity is different because of the cutting-edge technology used in our production equipment. We want to keep our customers satisfied over the long term and are always looking for ways of improving our GDL ” concludes CHAINER.
1 CASSANO SPINOLA Roquette production site located in the province of Alessandria in the Piedmont region of Italy.
2 AAGR = Annual Average Growth Rate (2010-2015).
3 FSSC 2200 certification. Created in 2008 by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification, FSSC 22000 certification is a compilation of ISO 22000 (International Organization for standardization) and PAS 220 (Publicity Available Specification). While ISO 22000 allows for food safety management, FSSC 22000 also addresses prerequisite programmes (PRPs) for the various food-processing sectors, which is why it is recognized by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative).