The objective of this study was to produce processed cheese analogues, in which acid casein was partially replaced by different whey preparations (‘DWP 50’ demineralised whey powder, ‘WPC 35’ whey protein concentrate), as well as to assess the adhesiveness of the above mentioned analogues to different packaging materials: stainless steel (SS), aluminum (AL), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polyamide (PA), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)). The adhesiveness of processed cheese analogues was measured using a TA-XT2i Texture Analyser. The adhesiveness of all the processed cheese analogues studied increased along with the increase in the content of protein level in the product. The addition of demineralised whey powder (DWP 50) caused the adhesiveness of processed cheese analogues to significantly increase compared to the products produced with the addition of whey protein concentrate (WPC 35) and to the model analogues made from acid casein only. The cheese analogues showed the lowest adhesiveness to the packaging materials made of aluminium (AL) (the samples with WPC 35 added and the samples made of acid casein only) and to the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) packagings (the samples produced with the whey preparations added). As regards the packagings made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), all the cheese samples produced with the addition of 2 % of the protein preparations showed the highest adhesiveness to this material. The cheese analogues with the demineralised whey powder (DWP 50) added were the most adhesive to all the packaging materials tested.
processed cheese analogues, acid casein, whey preparations, adhesiveness, packaging materials