Cheese Buds & X-Blends

Cheese Buds Concentrated Natural Cheese Flavors

Cheese Buds® are natural concentrated cheese flavors produced from fresh Wisconsin cheese. Utilizing our proprietary enzyme-modification process, we unlock the hidden, potent flavor of cheese milkfat to create natural powdered cheese flavors that are as much as 40 times the flavor strength of real cheese. Because Cheese Buds are used at such low application levels, they provide significant ingredient cost-savings. Additional benefits include flavor masking, flavor enhancement, improved mouthfeel and an overall improvement in rounding out harsh notes.

Low in fat, cholesterol and trans fat, Cheese Buds provide rich cheesy flavors while improving the nutritional profile of a variety of applications. Natural and healthy, Cheese Buds provide clean label opportunities and are Kosher and Halal certified.

X-Blends Concentrated Natural Cheese Blends

X-Blends are a unique line of concentrated cheese blends that are designed to replace spray-dried cheese or cheese powder blends. Produced from a blend of cultured and enzyme-modified cheese solids with whey and buttermilk solids, X-Blends deliver up to five times the flavor strength of commodity spray-dried cheeses/cheese blends.

Cheese Buds Product Descriptor

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Cheese Buds and X-Blends Product Listing

Product Name
Flavor Characteristics
Usage Levels
% of total batch weight
March 2013
Cheese Buds-Aged Cheddar
Available in Paste Form
Medium cheddar cheese middle notes with aged and slight sweet base notes.0.25 - 2.0%
Cheese Buds-AmericanMild processed cheese middle notes with buttery and milky base notes.0.25 - 3.0%
Cheese Buds-AsiagoMedium asiago cheese top and middle notes with sweet and slight sharp base notes.0.25 - 3.0%
Cheese Buds-Bleu
Available in Paste Form
Medium-strong bleu cheese middle notes with savory, slight fruity base notes and a sharp finish.0.10 - 1.0%
Cheese Buds-Cheddar
Available in Paste Form, Organic
Medium cheddar cheese middle notes with savory base notes.0.25 - 2.0%
Cheese Buds-Cheddar-ExMedium cheddar cheese top notes with savory middle notes.0.10 - 1.0%
Cheese Buds-Cream CheeseMedium-strong cultured cream cheese middle notes with medium-strong dairy and slight sweet base notes.0.25 - 2.0%
Cheese Buds-EmmenthalMild cheese with savory, slightly sweet, buttery base notes.0.25 - 2.0%
Cheese Buds-FetaMild-medium cultured cheese middle notes with milky base notes.0.25 - 2.0%
Cheese Buds-GoudaStrong cheese middle notes with slight buttery base notes and a sharp finish.0.10 - 1.0%
Cheese Buds-Monterey JackMild cheese with creamy and savory middle and base notes.0.25 - 2.0%
Cheese Buds-MozzarellaMild-medium cheese, slight buttery, base notes.0.25 - 2.0%
Cheese Buds-Parmesan
Available in Paste Form
Medium parmesan cheese middle notes with buttery and savory base notes.0.25 - 2.0%
Cheese Buds-Parmesan-ExMedium cheese with parmesan top notes and buttery, savory base notes.0.10 - 1.0%
Cheese Buds-Romano
Available in Paste Form
Medium cheese with full, slight sweet umami base notes.0.25 - 2.0%
Cheese Buds-SwissMild-medium cheese with slight buttery, savory base notes.0.25 - 2.0%
Cheese Buds Paste-Aged Cheddar
Available in Powdered Form
Medium cheddar cheese middle notes with aged and slight sweet base notes.0.10 - 1.0%
Cheese Buds Paste-Bleu
Available in Powdered Form
Medium-strong bleu cheese middle notes with savory, slight fruity base notes and a sharp finish.0.10 - 1.0%
Cheese Buds Paste-Cheddar
Available in Powdered Form
Medium cheddar cheese middle notes with savory base notes.0.10 - 1.0%
Cheese Buds Paste-Parmesan
Available in Powdered Form
Medium parmesan cheese middle notes with buttery and savory base notes.0.10 - 1.0%
Cheese Buds Paste-Romano
Available in Powdered Form
Medium cheese with full, slight umami base notes.0.10 - 1.0%
X-Blend Aged CheddarMedium cheddar cheese notes with aged and slight sweet base notes.0.50 - 4.0%
X-Blend AsiagoMedium asiago cheese top and middle notes with sweet and slight sharp base notes.0.50 - 4.0%
X-Blend BleuStrong bleu cheese middle notes with savory, slight fruity base notes and a sharp finish.0.50 - 4.0%
X-Blend CheddarMedium cheddar cheese middle notes with savory base notes.0.50 - 4.0%
X-Blend ParmesanMedium parmesan cheese middle notes with buttery and savory base notes.0.50 - 4.0%
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