HIGH-TECH DAIRY INGREDIENTS COMPANY CSK OPENS NEW FACILITY FOR STARTER CULTURES

CSK food enrichment is a high-tech ingredients company that uses state-of-the-art processes and technologies to produce starter cultures for the food industry. These are natural bacteria that play a crucial role in determining the flavour in products like cheese, quark and yoghurt.

CSK is growing strongly and has increased its capacity by building a new modern facility in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. The company is currently transferring production from its factory in Ede to the new plant. The relocation is a delicate, step-by-step process designed to ensure that the starter cultures coming from the new facility yield the high-quality dairy products CSK customers are used to. After extensive testing and validation, CSK is already delivering a substantial part of its products from this state-of-the-art factory to its customers. Eventually all products will be transferred. The company invested 30 million euros in the new factory and its official opening will take place this week.

Identical products

With the move to Leeuwarden, CSK continues to invest and innovate. Transferring all its production from the factory in Ede to Leeuwarden is a complex process. Sanne Melles, Managing Director of CSK, explains that validating the production of bacterial blends takes a lot of time. “We’re dealing with complex mixtures of living organisms. On top of the challenge of upgrading and modernizing our processes, the products from the new factory – the bacteria blends – have to deliver the same performance as the products from the original location. Testing and validating around 100 products takes a lot of time. The ripening process for cheese can take up to a year and only after that can we be sure whether, for example, a mature cheese has precisely the same taste and texture that is expected from it. We are taking the necessary time. CSK stands for quality; we care about good taste.’

Unique in the Netherlands

The factory in Leeuwarden centres on extremely modern fermentation technologies with the highest hygiene standards. This gives CSK a unique position in the Dutch food industry.

Global player in dairy

CSK food enrichment ensures great taste in cheese and other fermented milk products. The specialized company achieves this by developing and selling innovative ingredients, such as starter cultures, cheese coatings and rennet.

Established in 1905, CSK stems from the Netherlands’ rich dairy tradition. The company is active in Europe and North America and has with 180 employees and a turnover of 60 million euros.