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A Dutch fine cheese producing company is searching for a replacement of the nowadays used paraffin based coating for a plant based sustainable solution.

Country of Origin: Netherlands
Reference Number: TRNL20201118001
Publication Date: 25 November 2020


A Dutch cheese producing and trading company sells traditional cheese to specialty stores, high-end large supermarkets and wholesalers in the Netherlands and abroad. The company is looking for sustainable future-proof innovations for a replacement of the petroleum-based paraffine layer on cheese for a plant based sustainable solution. Cooperation will be arranged in a framework of a commercial agreement with technical assistance. This profile refers to a challenge on an open innovation platform.


The client is a Netherlands based fine cheese producing company with national and international clients. Their market consists of specialty stores, high-end supermarkets and wholesalers as a target market. The company already exports to more than 35 countries in the world and is processing two till four million cheeses each year.
Consistent with the companies’ philosophy, the company wants to become more sustainable from cradle to cradle. In other words, from the raw material milk to the end of the transported packaged cheese.
Also consumers become increasingly demanding and environmentally aware and want to know more about the company and its incentives. Consequently supermarkets and retailers want to respond to this trend and keep up with the customer's demand and wishes.

Taking everything together the cheese producer is looking for a 100% natural raw material solution as a substitute for the used paraffin coating on the cheese in order to comply with their internal sustainable goals and demands from the market.
The natural substitute must have the same qualities as the paraffin layer:
- It prevents the cheese for unwanted mold growth and decay
- It retains moisture while cheese is aged
- It slows down or stops the aging process so the cheese properties as young, mature and old cheese remain.

The company has searched for a possible solution like some small bio dynamic farmers already apply. However this is a too time consuming process and cannot keep up with the speed of the continuously automated production process. Until now there is no satisfying solution yet.

The company is looking for a commercial agreement with technical assistance to accomplish a sustainable label that does meet the demands of the sales market. Other types of agreements are negotiable.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This technology request is part of an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform from the 30th of November until the 18th of January 2021. If an organization does express interest in cooperation with this firm before closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform on which one can get in touch with the company experts. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential.
Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the SMEs that will be invited for further contact to discuss cooperation possibilities aimed at the development of a solution.

Expertise sought

The company is looking for partners that meet the following criteria:
- They are developing a hundred percent natural, where no
chemicals are used, innovative solution, for the paraffin layer
used on cheese
- They are developing a product, which has the same features
as the paraffin layer has, like melting and clotting behaviour.
- They are able to develop, engineer and produce this
alternative solution
- They have at least English language skills

Stage Of Development

Under development/lab tested

Stage Of Development Comment

The company is open for other suggestions regarding stage of development, like already on the market product solutions.

Requested partner

A Dutch fine cheese producing company is searching for a replacement of the nowadays used paraffin based layer for a plant based sustainable solution.

The partner they are looking for is occupied with research and development or has a possible plant based solution for the used paraffine on cheese.
The partner could be from an entirely different sector or industry like companies that process paraffin or have expertise in vegetable oils and fats.
The partner must take care of the research, engineering and finally the producing stage.

The company itself is willing to cooperate during the testing stage and furbish the partner with all necessary information.

The company envisages in a commercial agreement with technical assistance. But the company is open for other type of cooperations.

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