Lesaffre, the world leader in the baking yeast and yeast extracts market

Lesaffre Yeast



Lesaffre has developed various forms of yeast to meet the needs of bakers around the world. Yeast is used fresh or dried according to the country concerned, its traditions and its environment. When dehydrated, yeast can endure climatic conditions which are sometimes extremely harsh.
Fresh yeast is often used in countries with a highly developed cool chain logistics system. Liquid or frozen yeast is well adapted to specific industrial processes.

Lesaffre is the leading player in the yeast market with a range of brands widely recognized by bakers for their performance and consistency.

Cream Yeast

Cream yeast –also called liquid yeast – is best suited for medium to large automated industrial bakeries. It is today widely used in Australia, North America and Western Europe as it fits the requirements of large users.

Lesaffre Australia Pacific is working to meet the specific needs of industrial producers by offering a variety of packaging options whether in large refrigerated stainless steel tanks (5000 to 15000ltr)or in 1000ltr pallecon, for smaller users.

Benefits of a cream yeast system include ease of use, uniform dispersion of the yeast in the dough and consistency of the required temperature up until the precision dispensing stage. It also eliminates inventory rotation and disposal of yeast packaging material as well as storage and handling issues associated with other types of yeast. A "cleaning in place" (CIP) installation allows ease of maintenance.

Fermex cream yeast is produced in our Dandenong plant and has a shelflife of 28 days from its manufacture date. It is Kosher and Halal certified.

Compressed Yeast

Fermex compressed yeast contains between 28 and 33% solids and has a moist consistency and a light creamy colour.  Crumbly, it is added during mixing and disperses easily in the dough.

Ideally, it should be stored between 0° and 3 °C; however, compressed yeast stored at 6°C is acceptable. When stored at the recommended conditions, Fermex compressed yeast retains all of its characteristics during the 28 days of its shelflife from manufacture date.

Fermex compressed yeast comes in compact blocks of 1 kg wrapped in wax paper and packed in 12 X 1kg boxes.  It is manufactured in Victoria, under strictly controlled conditions to ensure optimum stability, consistency and activity in baking processes. Fermex compressed is both Kosher and Halal certified.

Instant Dry Yeast

Lesaffre is constantly adapting and perfecting yeast solutions to keep pace with changes in bread-making methods.

Consequently, in 1973 the Lesaffre Group launched  an "instant dried yeast" that, unlike active dry yeast, doesn’t need rehydration before use while at the same time providing a fermentation power 30 to 40% higher than active dry yeast. It is comparable to that of compressed yeast despite weighing between three and four times less, and offers the same ease of use.

Instant dried yeast often allows for speedy and uniform absorption within the dough. It can be added directly to the mixer by mixing it dry with the flour or by sprinkling it on top of the dough when mixing begins. Lesaffre Australia Pacific has two types of instant yeast available, to suit specific baking applications.

This free flowing yeast is obtained from dehydrating compressed yeast. Instant dry yeast looks like small fine noodles and is packed in 125 gr, 500 gr sachets or in 10kg bulk packs. The vacuum-packed sachets guarantee the product's stability at ambient temperature, up to the date shown on the packaging. Our instant dry yeast has a shelflife of 2 years from the date of manufacture and is Halal certified.

Lesaffre is seen as a reference in the yeast and bread-making fields. Its knowledge of yeast and its expertise in the fermentation have encouraged the Lesaffre group to establish a presence in the emerging human and animal nutrition markets.