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Paradip™ cheese wax

The Paradip™ range of cheese waxes consists of products both for high speed industrial coating lines as well as manual dipping and are available in a high variety of color variations produced in our unique color lab.

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Paradip Nowax™ vegetable-based waxes

Our complementary Paradip Nowax™ range offers equivalent functionality to the standard mineral waxes, using natural bio-based ingredients. The nature of these products make them especially suitable for coating gas-forming cheeses.

We produce in food safe facilities


We produce in food safe facilities


We produce in food safe facilities


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our cheese waxes and water based cheese coatings

Paramelt has been active in the cheese wax industry from the very beginning since the founder of Paramelt Mr Dirk de Wit developed the concept of cheese wax coatings in the early 1900´s. Traditionally the Dutch cheese industry mainly exported Gouda and Edam cheese in large quantities and became an important user of cheese wax. Their famous yellow and red colors became a strongly recognized trademark for these well-known cheese styles.

Paramelt is acknowledged today as the global market leader in both mineral and vegetable wax-based cheese coatings, thanks to this long-term investment and focused approach. As market leader for cheese coatings Paramelt offers the widest range of products for this sector including more than hundred different Paradip™ cheese waxes. This enables Paramelt to meet the full range of market demands from small mini cheese snack portions all the way up to fully matured large hard cheese wheels.

Over the years, cheese waxes have increasingly been used to protect and promote hard and semi-hard cheeses. The wax provides not only a fully sealed barrier coating, but also an attractive appearance with bespoke color and controlled gloss. Today Paramelt offers more than a hundred products, specifically for the cheese industry and many of them bespoke products to meet specific customer or process needs.

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Cheese categories

There is a wide variety of cheeses produced all over the world, often categorized by their degree of ripening and the hardness of the cheese. Typical examples where cheese waxes are used are

Stretch curd cheese

e.g. Pasta Filata, Provolone

Medium-hard cheese

e.g. Edam, Gouda, Jarlsberg

Semi-hard or hard cheese

e.g. Cheddar, Red Leicester, Colby

Depending on the specific nature of the cheese in terms of moisture and fat content, surface characteristics, age, size and shape there can be considerably different demands on the performance requirements of the cheese wax. In addition to the cheese itself, a lot of different machines and process configurations have been developed for the waxing of cheese. These range from simple low throughput machines in ‘farm-based craft dairies’ through to high output, fully automated coating lines in modern industrial dairies.

The use of wax to encapsulate cheese offers a range of both functional and marketing benefits:

Protection

  • Inhibits mould growth
  • Prevent loss of weight/moisture
  • Reduce damage during transport
  • Stop (aerobic) ripening of the cheese

Promotion

  • Strong brand identity
  • Distinctive & attractive shelf appeal
  • Extended shelf life

Depending on the type of cheese and waxing machine used, the following properties of a cheese waxes are of importance:

  • Resistance to cracking
  • Appropriate ‘adhesion’ to the cheese
  • High flexibility
  • Resistance to pressure
  • Appropriate congealing time
  • Stability of colorants and pigments
  • Required coating weight
  • Low scuff on transport belts and machine parts
  • Good flow properties
  • Non-blocking properties
  • Closed film without any pinholes
  • Good cutting properties

Conventional cheese coating waxes are formulated from food grade hydrocarbon waxes refined from mineral oil. Today it is possible to formulate waxes with similar characteristics from ingredients derived from vegetable oils. These vegetable-based, natural waxes are themselves classified as food ingredients and are both renewable and compostable. In addition, the physical properties of these waxes offer additional possibilities to controlling the permeability of the cheese coating layer.

After many years of product and application development Paramelt has introduced Paradip Nowax as a platform to solve the problem of blister formation on gas forming cheese types. In contrast to mineral waxes, coatings of Paradip Nowax show a slight gas-permeability whilst still preventing the loss of moisture from the cheese. This enables the product to be used on gas forming cheeses which normally have to be recoated several times.

Paradip Nowax is a 100% vegetable-based cheese wax with very good properties. All specially selected raw materials are derived from sustainable vegetable sources and are GMO free and mineral oil free.

Because of its natural image and the growing interest for the use of renewable resources, vegetable based cheese wax is now increasingly gathering interest and use for other cheese types.

Paradip Nowax is applied on the cheese by immersing the cheese in the Nowax cheese wax at a temperature of about 80-120˚C. Applied weight depends on the shape of the cheese and the desired protection. Due to the different congealing and crystallization behavior of vegetable waxes compared with traditional waxes machine setup and operating conditions need to be adjusted.

With the in-house knowledge and capabilities to develop and produce pigment and dye concentrates, Paramelt has succeeded in bringing colored vegetable based cheese waxes to market. We can now also offer yellow, orange, red and blue vegetable waxes.

In-house production of colors

Our ability to deliver such a broad range of colors to such tight tolerances and stability levels is unique in the industry. This is only possible because of our unique in-house pigment formulation facility, which is specifically dedicated to support the cheese wax range.

food safe production

The hygiene requirements in the dairy industry are very strict and therefore Paramelt has put a lot of effort in organizing its production in such a way to fulfill these needs. All Paradip™ cheese waxes are manufactured in an FSSC 22000 certified food safe production environment in order to meet the demanding hygiene requirements of the dairy industry.

In-house production of colors

Our ability to deliver such a broad range of colors to such tight tolerances and stability levels is unique in the industry. This is only possible because of our unique in-house pigment formulation facility, which is specifically dedicated to support the cheese wax range.

food safe production

The hygiene requirements in the dairy industry are very strict and therefore Paramelt has put a lot of effort in organizing its production in such a way to fulfill these needs. All Paradip™ cheese waxes are manufactured in an FSSC 22000 certified food safe production environment in order to meet the demanding hygiene requirements of the dairy industry.

In-house production of colors

Our ability to deliver such a broad range of colors to such tight tolerances and stability levels is unique in the industry. This is only possible because of our unique in-house pigment formulation facility, which is specifically dedicated to support the cheese wax range.

food safe production

The hygiene requirements in the dairy industry are very strict and therefore Paramelt has put a lot of effort in organizing its production in such a way to fulfill these needs. All Paradip™ cheese waxes are manufactured in an FSSC 22000 certified food safe production environment in order to meet the demanding hygiene requirements of the dairy industry.

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