DuPont Nutrition & Health announces its Danisco® VEGE Cultures, a new portfolio of cultures specially formulated for the plant-based fermented products market. Danisco® VEGE Cultures have been developed for a wide-ranging variety of plant-based raw materials, such as soy, coconut, nuts, oat, maize, rice, fruits and vegetables, to satisfy consumer taste and texture expectations; from fresh, clean and mild flavors through to acidic profiles. The easy-to-use, freeze-dried (LYO) format provides a shelf life of one year at 4°C without the need for freezing, and convenience for small and large-scale production. Since all Danisco® VEGE cultures comply with multiple required certifications, manufacturers can have peace of mind in creating products for both mass and specialized markets. The desire for plant-based foods by consumers continues to grow, with millennials increasingly opting for non-dairy and non-gluten products based on plant ingredients and the adoption of flexitarian and vegan diets. Global launches of fermented dairy alternatives have been increasing over the last few years and out-performed the dairy launches in terms of annual growth. Strong links between fermented food products and digestive health create openings for alternatives to yogurts, such as fermented drinks, spoonable desserts and snacks. Danisco® VEGE Cultures deliver the option to maximize on the growth trends forecast for this category. Many of the cultures contain at least one of two highly documented probiotic strains including Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® and Bifidobacterium lactis HN019™, creating healthy plant-based concepts. Developed with producers of nondairy bases as a direct response to requests from around the world, Danisco® VEGE Cultures are suitable for yogurt alternatives and other plant-based foods and beverages, enabling companies to innovate in a variety of products to gain a share in the plant-based fermented foods market. Danisco® VEGE Cultures were launched in November 2017 with recent successes in Nordic European countries, France, China and Asia. DuPont™ Danisco® is the brand for a range of ingredients that help provide enhanced bioprotection, an improved nutritional profile, and better taste and texture with greater cost efficiency and lower environmental impact, meeting the needs of manufacturers of food and beverages, dietary supplements and pet food. Through the work of the global network of food scientists and technologists in DuPont, the Danisco® range is supported by a uniquely broad spectrum of know-how across applications and processing.