How to track DNA of award-winning cheese
By Richard Montgomery
Understanding the cheese maturation process and interrogating the data behind it, can reveal the DNA of that award-winning batch of cheese.
Whenever SI works alongside a customer, we’re always using the knowledge gained to develop food software applications, to address their processing issues.
Within the cheese industry, we’ve been working alongside many award-winning cheesemakers. By doing so, we’ve gained a great understanding of grading, taste profiling and the conditions required for a successful cheesemake process.
How the right food software is improving the artisan cheesemaking process
SI’s has taken that knowledge and applied it to developed whole suite of cheese make software for the cheese processing sector. So how is modular food software helping this sector, where the artisan craft is so prevalent?
By taking full advantage of SI’s shop floor data capture, collecting DNA information on every batch of cheese, cheesemakers are now responding in record time to provide food provenance and traceability information to auditors.
They are also automating processes, such as labelling, and able to interrogate the whole cheesemaking process. And, this is particularly important when cheeses aren’t meeting the right product specifications, or if there are quality issues associated with a batch.
Any of these issues will have commercial repercussions, resulting in losses of sales and potential product wastage that cancan seriously impact the bottom line.
Digitalisation of processes delivers real-time reporting
In practical terms, this means that cheesemakers no longer have to manually fill in paperwork, that they may have to interrogate later in the process. Using SI’s cheese make sheet application, everything is digitised. All batch data is captured in real-time and collated from the start of the process, through to maturation and dispatch.
Of course, this means that whenever a cheesemaker has to get to the bottom of product quality issues, like green spot or bad batches, everything is easier.
The real-time data capture means that pulling a reporting will have all of the minute batch details. Then, by analysing SI reports, cheesemakers and cheese graders can quickly identify the problem and act to minimise losses.
Analysing your cheese DNA with digitalisation
This ability to instantly recall cheese make data isn’t just about providing audit information. The data can also be used to automate insight reports for specific areas of the business. For instance, the reporting tools can explain:
- why seasonal changes in the taste profile or cheese maturation have occurred.
- which milk suppliers’ product is most consistent.
- or what DNA makes a vintage cheese maturation more achievable.
With every bit of data captured throughout the cheesemaking and grading processes, a far more rounded insight into your business and its products is available. Then, by combining this data-rich knowledge and tailored reporting, you can reveal potential process improvements that can a positive impact on the bottom line.
The proof is in in the grading and the awards!
A great example of this is one of our customers, who was an early adopter of our automated cheesemake, grading and maturation software. And, by having SI’s cheese applications in place, its artisan cheesemakers are now able to focus on creating new cheeses and improving existing ranges.
Has it really helped them? Judge for yourselves; 2018 proved to be a record-breaking year for winning awards. As the customer put it, “we now need a bigger trophy cabinet!”.
If you’d like to find out more about our modular Cheese & Dairy processing software and how it can help your business, visit https://sifoodsoftware.com/software/modules/cheese-dairy/.
Alternatively, request our brochure download.