Gouda and Edam are examples of popular semi-hard cheese varieties.

​​​​​Processing applications for Edam and Gouda cheese​

Gouda and Edam are examples of popular semi-hard cheese varieties. Others are Jarlsberg, Herrgårdsost and Tilsiter. What they all have in common is that they are salted in a brine bath, and the salt is allowed to penetrate the cheese via the brine. The flavour of the end product is then varied by the addition of different starter cultures.

Typically, European semi-hard cheese varieties are made into 15 kg blocks of 300 mm x 500 mm x 100 mm - the so-called Euro block. However, in an effort to differentiate their products, some producers make distinctive shapes and sizes, such as the Dutch Gouda wheel, or Swedish Västerbotten cheese (which comes in non-standard sizes). Our equipment allows for shape and size flexibility, and can therefore handle all kinds of formats, traditional and otherwise.  What is more, it produces the required shapes with unrivalled accuracy, thereby significantly reducing product losses and cutting costs.

However, the main keys to success in this business are a uniform process and minimum variation in product-composition along with efficient and reliable production equipment to ensure your line keeps running smoothly.

Our sophisticated technologies and cheese application knowledge can help you achieve a product of uniform quality, with consistent weight and moisture levels. Designed for high volume production, our lines also satisfy the need for cost-efficient operation. 

Tetra Pak's experience in semi-hard cheese production is hard to beat. In the 1970s, we invented the Casomatic draining and forming machine. The technology is now in its 7th generation!

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