Cheesemaking has been an industry steeped in tradition, which has generally meant that technology has taken a back seat to hands-on techniques passed down from generation to generation. Over the past two or three decades, dairy manufacturing has been a beneficiary of significantly richer industries such as pharmaceutical, gas/oil, and even cosmetics – where ingredient costs are extreme, batch sizes are small, and the penalty for process errors and losses are severe.

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