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Julia Millard

About Us

IMPROVING FOOD & HEALTH

In short, we are a global supplier of bioscience based ingredients for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. The diverse ranges of products we develop in collaboration with our customers have a visible impact on the health and food industries worldwide with documented benefits.
We produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors. Our market positions are built on our product innovation and applications, production processes, long-term customer relationships and intellectual property.
OUR COMPETENCIES IN WINE
With production facilities based in EU and USA, the company delivers innovative and cost effective solutions to manage fermentations, get the very best out of the grapes and differentiate wines through a toolbox of natural products named 'Viniflora®'.
Today Chr. Hansen leads the growing market of malolactic fermentation cultures and the emerging business of non-Saccharomyces yeasts thanks to its leadership in biotech research, selection, production and logistic of cultures. These successes are related to our strong commitment to the wine industry through important investments with state of the art factories, high quality production standards and a permanent dialogue with winemakers around the world from North America to Australia.
The outcome is a dedicated range of direct inoculation malolactic bacteria for various wine applications and a very innovative range of pure non-Saccharomyces yeast products used to initiate alcoholic fermentation.

Both ranges represent the yard stick within the industry.
 
 
Viniflora® products are exclusively distributed by
 
Gusmer Enterprises, Inc. in North America.
 
 

Wine Ingredients


DIFFERENTIATE YOUR WINES AND CREATE NEW ONES WITH VINIFLORA®!

Competition in the global market for wine increases daily with consumers asking for better quality products, higher diversity of wines and better value per bottle.

Accordingly, wine producers throughout the world have increased their focus on two key areas when it comes to wine:

Irrespective of the type of wine: classical 'terroir type' or modern 'varietal type', fermentation management is key to transforming the potential wine coming from the grapes into the best and safest wine possible.

To achieve these natural transformations in optimal conditions, Chr. Hansen has developed a range of natural solutions to assist winemakers and marketing managers in:

  • creating wines in connection with new consumption trends; see for instance how the combination of our products Viniflora® FrootZen and  Viniflora® CiNe help to optimize fruit flavour intensity in white and red wines;

 

  • creating clear differentiation; e.g. Viniflora® non-Saccharomyces yeasts range and their very distinct effects on mouthfeel and flavour complexity.

 

  • optimizating wine production through a better control of alcoholic and malolactic fermentations

 

This toolbox for winemakers is named Viniflora® and contains different types of innovative yeasts, bacteria, nutrients and enzymes all carefully selected to bring wine producers the very best from Nature

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Chr. Hansen is a global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. All solutions are based on strong research and development competencies and significant technology investments. The company enjoys market leadership in all its divisions: Cultures & Enzymes, Health & Nutrition and Colors & Blends. There are more than 2,300 dedicated employees in over 30 countries.

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Speed Up Malolactic Fermentation
08 March, 2017

How speeding up the MLF process helps protect sensory qualities, reduce costs and get wines ready earlier.

Time is money, also true in winemaking

The primary cluster of benefits from improving the speed of malolactic fermentation are financial and managerial: 

  • wines are ready earlier and stabilized earlier 
  • the winery saves energy per tank, lowering the cost of heating and/or cooling
  • winery managers can better plan how to use their fermentation capacities, storage tanks and barrels
  • staff can be used for higher-value operations than monitoring MLF for weeks and sometimes months, saving analytic costs

An example of this is given in the diagram below for a 2008 Spanish Tempranillo.

Alcoholic fermentation was nearly finished when the VINIFLORA® malolactic bacteria were inoculated into the must for the two co-inoculation modalities (green and yellow in the graph). The red curve corresponds to a wine that went through spontaneous fermentation with wild bacteria that were moved from a tank in fermentation and inoculated as a control (cross-seeding with wild unidentified flora).

The timing difference between these two modalities inoculated with VINIFLORA® or by spontaneous fermentation is 23 days!

Wines inoculated with VINIFLORA® were microbiologically stabilized more than 3 weeks earlier than the spontaneous ferment and were ready to enter into their maturation phase, to be filtered and bottled, or tasted by journalists and traders; definitively a great competitive advantage.

VINIFLORA® malolactic cultures not only bring speed to the malolactic fermentation process but also consistency and reliability through natural, selected strains of Oenococcus oeni and Lactobacillus plantarum bacteria. 

Three main axes are available to manage MLF speed: the strain selected, MLF temperature and the timing of bacteria inoculation compared to yeast inoculation: early co-inoculation, late co-inoculation or sequential inoculation. 

We have a Wine Team available all around the world to bring assistance and help calculate the savings made by using VINIFLORA® through our value calculator: VINISAVE.


Make Wines Safer for Your Customers
21 November, 2016

Lower histamine - Historically, the primary reason to use VINIFLORA® oenological bacteria from Chr. Hansen was to ensure a minimal production of histamine in the final wine.

When we launched the first VINIFLORA® freeze-dried products ready for direct inoculation in wine, our first customers were some of the most famous, sometimes iconic, wineries producing red wines in Europe and USA that applied a famous principle: “If we can make it safer for our customers, we have to do it’’.

And indeed, wines are safer when using VINIFLORA® oenological cultures, as we have selected strains from nature that are not able to produce histamine, putrescine and some other biogenic amines during malolactic fermentation. Spontaneous, wild bacteria may have the ability to produce a high concentration of biogenic amines, particularly histamine, putrescine and cadaverine during malolactic fermentation. Chr. Hansen’s team of experts know how to avoid this.

Today, our expertise in minimizing the production of histamine is renown worldwide, and we have helped several wine companies around the world to perfectly define their fermentation program to avoid the production of histamine, to name but one amine. 

This technical expertise now satisfies consumer demand in some part of the world, such as northern Europe. Ever more consumers are aware about the impact of histamine when they consume a moderate amount of wine. Red-face Syndrome and sometimes minor headaches are examples of symptoms associated with the presence of biogenic amines, and the alcohol contained in a glass of wine can enhance the absorption and the impact of histamine even at low concentration.

Developing wines that do not contain biogenic amines and, reduce the histamine level to the minimum in particular, is one of the niche markets the large category of red wines where Chr. Hansen is heavily involved, improving food and health. 


Make the Wine You Really Had in Mind with Viniflora® Bacteria
17 October, 2016

Natural Solutions for Malolactic Fermentations and Bio-Protection.

Oenological bacteria

With our broad knowledge regarding lactic acid bacteria and fermentation management, we have created a range of malolactic bacteria covering all types of winemaking applications and bringing to winemakers the best strains of Oenococcus oeni and Lactobacillus plantarum for their wines.

Our approach is quite simple: grapes production and alcoholic fermentations are currently well managed and controlled by viticulturists and then by winemakers. However there is a lack of focus on malolactic fermentation management, destroying an important part of the good work previously done! 

The Viniflora® bacteria range is made up of several strains selected to cover the main needs identified through our constant dialogue with winemakers but also in assessing consumers’ current and future demands.

Sophisticated flavor profiles to reflect wines diversity 

Viniflora® strains can help modulate the amount of diacetyl (buttery, creamy flavors) produced during malolactic fermentation, from no production (with CiNe™) to the highest possible conversion rate with CH35, giving wines an additional layer of complexity.

Winemakers can also select the strain to use in relation to the final flavor profile they expect, for instance by improving fruit flavor intensity with NoVA™, CiNe™, CH16 or Oenos 2.0 in red, rosé or white wines. This flavor intensity modulation is a natural process where selected strains of bacteria show their ability -or absence of ability- to convert some types of flavor precursors that are already present in the wine.

Efficient solutions to lower a wine’s final sulfur content and get more authentic wines 

The CiNe™ strain is now widely used in white and rosé wines to manage malolactic fermentation without impacting the flavor profile of the wine. Winemakers can now achieve this secondary fermentation in wines that traditionally do not go through malolactic fermentation: rosé wines or fruit-forward white wines from aromatic grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling or Viognier. 

The primary consequence is a wine stabilized through a microbial solution instead of being stabilized by sulfites that are classically used to kill microorganisms and avoid the development of unwanted bacteria. 

Highly concentrated products to maximize bio-protective effects and ensure a smooth fermentation

Chr. Hansen brings winemakers some powerful tools to control their malolactic fermentations through a range of high-quality bacteria products ready for direct inoculation: the 'DVS®' technology. The different Viniflora® strains are able to cover a large spectrum of wine applications: from difficult base wines for sparkling wines coming from cool or cold areas to high-alcohol wines produced in extremely hot climates. In all cases, managing MLF speed is a key success factor. In some cases, wineries seek the fastest solutions possible, and that is when CH11, Oenos 2.0, CH16 or NoVA™ become very good options to answer this ‘need for speed.’ In some other cases, a slowdown may be needed, making CH35 and CiNe™ the ideal strains to select


The Secret to Success in Making Good Yet Non-Sulfited Wines
16 September, 2016

Our proactive approach with bio-protective cultures helps reducing sulfite content

Consumer demand is evolving rapidly within the wine industry. The megatrend about ‘natural and pure’ products is also affecting wine demand. Consumers want winemakers to minimize the use of exogeneous products, such as preservatives. 

This is clearly leading a worldwide trend within the wine industry for lower sulfite content and even the development of no-sulfite wine ranges.

Replacing sulfites whenever possible:

The secret to success in making good yet non-sulfited wines is to clearly assess why sulfites are used during the winemaking process and replace this activity with natural solutions.

Consumer demand crossed with new technical knowledge leads to one main aim: no more sulfites in winemaking.

Chr. Hansen has been a participant in the quest to replace sulfites in wines since the very beginning. Today, the influential book How to make great wines without sulfites? states it very firmly: to fight against the development of undesired microorganisms, the best way is to use well-know, safe and highly concentrated microbial solutions from the Viniflora® range developed by Chr. Hansen.

In red wines, the use of Viniflora® protective cultures helps develop wines made without sulfites and those that use 5–15 ppm sulfites only at the very end of the process during bottling. The absence of sulfites until then makes this final addition extremely active against the growth of spoilage organisms.

Chr. Hansen's cultures for bio-protection

Our range of specialty yeast products helps contain the development of unwanted yeasts during pre-alcoholic fermentation phases such as cold soak, pre-fermentation maceration. Our strain of Torulaspora delbrueckii performs particularly well in these conditions.

Within our range of oenological bacteria, our new Lactobacillus plantarum (NoVA™), which helps suppress Acetobacter and molds, our Oenococcus oeni strains CH16 or CH35, which fights against the development of Brettanomyces in red wines during maturation, and CiNe™ are fantastic innovations to lower the level of total sulfites when producing wines.

Planning on launching a new range of non-sulfited wines? Or do you simply want to improve your winemaking process by implementing better practices to dramatically reduce sulfites? 

Then contact our technical experts!


Low-Alcohol Wines
15 August, 2016

How can Chr. Hansen’s know-how in fermentation help deliver low-alcohol wines?

Consumer demand for more digestible, low-alcohol wines is growing, but global warming is making the task harder!

  • Global warming is clearly raising the sugar concentration of grapes: the higher the number of warm, and sunny days, the higher the sugar concentration in grape, which has with one final consequence: more alcohol in the final wine. Alcohols, particularly ethanol, are produced by yeasts converting sugars into ethanol and many other things (flavors for instance) as soon as the grapes are crushed.

Today, we can identify two types of demands regarding lowering the alcohol content in wines: 

  • Lowering alcohol in wines containing 13 to 15% alcohol by 1.5 to 2.0% and therefore rusulting in containing an alcohol maximum of 11% to 13% 
  • Developing wines with a 9 to 11% alcohol content.

These two categories of products, despite both representing lower-alcohol alternatives, are radically different.

On one hand, consumer demand is focused on a limited, alcohol reduction that would bring the level of alcohol to a maximum value between 11 and 13% without affecting the wine’s sensorial properties. Technically, it involves removing alcohol or not producing the same amount of alcohol per liter of wine, which is not an easy task if one aims at retaining the same organolepic qualities.

The second category requires more ‘product development’ to get an ideal, final wine with a balanced flavor, no residual sugar, enough body to be easily identified by consumers as being a wine, yet with a low level of alcohol from the very beginning, i.e., even at the time the grapes were harvested and crushed.

Viniflora® specialty yeasts and bacteria can help develop wines in both these product categories. Picking the grapes earlier in the season, when they have a lower level of sugars, is an excellent way of reducing alcohol content in wines. Chr. Hansen’s expertise in fermentation management can help in designing global solutions for lower alcohol yet full-of-taste products!


Better "Promise Consistency" Per Bottle
30 June, 2016

Take advantage of Chr. Hansen’s know-how in fermentation to deliver natural, authentic wines loved by consumers

Consistency, the secret to avoid uniformity!

  • Wine is now a global discussion topic and a global market. Brands and branding will become more important in the next decade, and a successful brand needs excellent product definition. This definitional effort will help develop the brief for winemakers, grape selection by grapegrowers and also all communication and promotional elements: final product color, general flavor profile, labels, bottles, etc.
  • In this global move to more wine brands, consumers are asking for authenticity to not compromised; instead they want it to be preserved, empahsized and better communicated. Winemaking improvements do not lead to uniformity; on the contrary these result in a better expression of grapes, terroirs and the diversity of winemakers’ styles.
  • With consumers coming from various regions of the world and occasionally countries with a low per-capita wine consumption, delivering information about where the wine is made and how it is made will be key. Consumer demand for unbiaised and authentic information will become the rule. Consumer expectations are pretty clear about what should be in the bottle: organic grapes, processed by the most natural processes possible, with limited adjunctions of products such as sulfites.

To deliver wines enjoyable all around the world, winemakers and wineries now have to focus their attention on fermentation management

  • With 5 to 10% of the wines having their quality downgraded during the winemaking process, focusing on better practices that will preserve the initial potential is the way to improve the overall quality. This focus on fermentation management is becoming a primary objective for many advanced winemakers and wineries: it is a sustainable, natural way to improve the volumes produced and the quality, creating value for wineries and consumers. 
  • Viniflora® products help winemakers to focus, improve and better manage their alcoholic and malolactic fermentations to avoid early downgrades or spoilages during wine maturation at a later stage. Our bio-protective cultures and our expertise in fermentation management and bio-protection are renown all around the world. We are committed to protecting and preserving the inherent potential in grapes once harvested, and this helps create authentic and natural wines that both winemakers and consumers can enjoy and be proud of!

Chr. Hansen receives innovation award from US wine industry
14 March, 2016

We are proud to announce the reception of an Innovation + Quality Award for our Viniflora® CONCERTO™, a specialty yeast to kick-start the alcoholic fermentation

The award was handed out at the 2016 edition of Innovation + Quality (IQ) held in Napa Valley, California; an annual forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality.

“We are proud to be receiving this accolade from an organization of the top high end wine producers in the US, which is an important market for us.

Award candidates were hand selected solely on criteria of innovation that lends itself to high-quality, ultra-premium winemaking, focusing on products that they believe are the best of the best. This honor will undoubtedly strengthen our market position and image as a reliable and innovative partner to the global wine industry,” says Dr Hentie Swiegers, Head of Chr. Hansen’s Wine Innovation department.

In photo: Chr. Hansen’s Hentie Swiegers (right) with Peter Mondavi Jr, a renowned wine maker and head of the Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Napa Valley Winery. Peter, on the advisory board for the IQ Award, was impressed that our award winning yeast, Concerto™, had the ability to produce lactic acid from sugars and thereby help reduce alcohol levels naturally.


A microbial solution to defeat global warming impact on wines

The award winning product Viniflora® CONCERTO™ was launched a few years ago and is a natural alternative to push away uniformity and bring complexity to the wine.

The special strain of yeast partially converts the sugars present in the must into lactic acid, which increases the acidity in the wine and moderately reduces the alcohol/ethanol level. This meets increasing consumer demand for rounder, easier-to-drink wines with lower alcohol by volume (ABV), centered around 12-13%.

It also offsets the impact that increasing temperatures have on the grapes, causing dull, low acid, high alcohol and qualitatively less drinkable wine. Concerto™ is a natural weapon to give freshness and balance to heavy powerful wines from warm climate regions such as California, Australia and the Mediterranean countries.

In North America Viniflora® Concerto™ is available exclusively at Gusmer Enterprises Inc. who also markets other Chr. Hansen strongholds in the Viniflora® portfolio of yeasts and bacteria for winemaking.

Only in 2014 Chr. Hansen received a Frost & Sullivan “Global Award for New Product Innovation Leadership” for its proven track record in pioneering innovation for the wine industry and ensuring consumers high quality, safe and diverse wines.

 

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Produce Fabulous Wines Using the Best of Nature
26 August, 2015

Make great wines easily with Viniflora!
 
Viniflora® is a range of innovative yeasts and bacteria developed to meet the requirements and needs of todays demanding winemakers.

The worldwide growing success of Viniflora® is related to the high level of process control it gives and the superior return on investment achieved: better wines, higher safety, easier exportations... the list of benefits is long!

We propose 2 types of specialty products to winemakers:

VINIFLORA® SPECIALTY YEASTS: TO GET CLOSER TO WILD FERMENT COMPLEXITY WITHOUT THE RISK - learn more here

VINIFLORA® MALOLACTIC BACTERIA: HIGH QUALITY CULTURES TO SIMPLIFY FERMENTATION MANAGEMENT - Learn more here

 


Wine's Invisible Allies and Foes Under The Spotlight
17 June, 2015

Chr. Hansen in new EU-funded project to characterize the community of microorganisms that lies at the heart of wine production

A new four-year project has received a grant of € 4 mill. from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions European Training Network within the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation.

In the project an international collaboration of scientists from a wide range of universities, research institutions, vineyards and private companies aims to characterize the community of microorganisms that lies at the heart of wine production. An improved understanding of the wine microbiome (exploring the relation between terroir and grape micro flora) will have significant effects on the wine industry.

Potential commercialization
“Chr. Hansen is the major industrial partner in this grant and the only one specializing in microbial solutions. One of the outcomes of this study might be the identification of microorganisms with novel application in the wine industry which can potentially be commercialized in future,” says Dr. Hentie Swiegers from Chr. Hansen’s Wine Innovation department.

Dr Swiegers moreover holds a seat on the executive committee of the project, which is led by Professor Lars Hestbjerg Hansen of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Aarhus University, DK.

Chr. Hansen’s role in the project will be to host training sessions for the 15 PhD students from six countries that are studying the vine (grapes) and wine microbiome to characterize it, thereby eventually providing science-based knowledge that can help winemakers control the processes optimally.  

“We take pride in being a partner in this project. Not only does it give us a sharp competitive edge in the industry, it is also a blue stamp of our high scientific profile,” notes Dr Swiegers.

Chr. Hansen is a leading global supplier of wine ingredients. Only last September the company was presented with the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Global Award for New Product Innovation Leadership in wine ingredients. The prestigious award was a recognition of Chr. Hansen’s recent product and technology launches that represent landmarks in enology.

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NEW CULTURE KICK-STARTS PARADIGM SHIFT IN THE WINE INDUSTRY
16 June, 2015

A brand new range of Viniflora® products is now available to red wine producers reversing the classical scheme of fermentation management in wines.

Production of red wine requires two fermentation steps during the winemaking process: The alcoholic fermentation where yeasts transform sugars into ethanol and some flavors, traditionally followed by the malolactic fermentation where lactic acid bacteria transform malic acid into lactic acid and a second layer of fermentation related flavors.

“Our approach with Viniflora® NoVA™ is totally opposite; what we now offer to winemakers is to manage their malolactic fermentation in the grape juice before the alcoholic fermentation: A complete change of paradigm,” explains Laurent Hubert, Marketing Director, Wine & Fermented beverages, Chr. Hansen.

Benefits for winemakers: Dramatically reduced fermentation time and risk of spoilage 
When the malolactic fermentation happens in grape juice instead of wine the time of this fermentation phase is considerably decreased. Typically with NoVA™, malolactic fermentation is managed in 1 to 3 days as opposed to 3 to 12 weeks today. The wines go through malolactic and alcoholic fermentation within 10 days and are then microbiologically stable.

In warm climate regions, red wines are frequently spoiled by indigenous flora from different molds, yeasts and bacteria species that bring a high frequency of downgrades to the final wine affecting its quality compared to its initial potential, e.g. off-flavors or acetic acid (volatile acidity) produced from the grape juice sugars.

“Speed is absolutely crucial in warm climate environments in order to bio-protect the grape juice and the wines from potential contaminants. This helps in preserving and expressing the flavor precursors from the grape resulting in a fruit forward wine with a higher flavor intensity and complexity,” states Dr. Hentie Swiegers from Chr. Hansen’s Wine Innovation department and in charge of this development project.

Benefits for consumers: Improved wine quality and less sulfites 
“Through this new approach, we will help a lot of wineries around the world to limit quality downgrades happening between grape harvesting and alcoholic fermentation or between alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation. The outcome is higher wine quality or more volume of high quality wines from the same amount of grapes.

Ultimately it helps in producing red or rosé wines with far less sulfites (preservatives) and this responds well to consumer’s wishes for healthier and more ‘natural’, clean label products,” concludes Hubert.

NoVA™ is launched in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Bulgaria for the 2014 vintage after which it will be available worldwide.  Red wine production is around 1.1 billion liters per year.

More at: http://www.chr-hansen.com/nova 


Chr. Hansen non-Saccharomyces yeasts, get the best from your wines
25 July, 2014

Now with three pure strains, all selected for their abilities to enhance flavor, aroma and mouth feel, Chr. Hansen has the widest selection of non-Saccharomycesyeasts. All strains are exclusively available through Gusmer Enterprises. Use Chr. Hansen non-Saccharomycesyeast in conjunction with your favorite Saccharomycesyeast for distinct wines, reminiscent of a “wild fermentation”, and with complete control.

• Enhance flavor, aroma, mouth-feel

• Reduce volatile acidity

• Ensure bio-protection

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LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR NEW CONCEPT: OPTIMIZE FRUIT expression IN WINES
19 December, 2012

Among the major global trends within the wine industry, Chr. Hansen idendifies a growing demand from wine consumers for fresher, easier, closer to the initial fruit.

This is particularly true in North America where a wave of 'unoaked' wines (sometimes mentioned as 'naked wines') has reached the shelves and the tables since the beginning of this decade...

To answer that need Chr. Hansen recently launched a new concept named 'Optimize Fruit Expression through fermentations' that works both in white, rosé and red wines gathering together our two most innovative products in a very effective combo:

1- the non-Saccharomyces yeast product 'FrootZen' - to use in grape juices as a prefermentation product before winemakers´ classical yeast product;

2- the malolactic culture 'CiNe' - to achieve your malolactic fermentation without producing a single molecule of diacetyl (typical creamy/dairy like flavour) keeping all the freshness of your initial wine while you increase mouthfeel (natural lactic acid production) and you stabilise the wine through an elegant, natural way.

Wineries around the world have now a solution to optimize fruit expression in their wines and this creates new opportunities for winemakers and marketing managers!

 

Visit us during Unified on booth #1004 where we will be together with our partner and distributor in North America: Gusmer Enterprises Inc.