Hi, I’m Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe, and I love words.

Listening to them, learning new ones, putting the perfect ones down on page to make that sentence just right, and whizzing them around again until they’re just so.

And of course, nattering words to chat, relate, put the world to rights, ask questions, and generally find out more about the world and us in it.

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Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

Here are my latest published articles

Why Your Business Needs Scenario Planning

Why Your Business Needs Scenario Planning The What, The How and Why Your Business Needs It Let’s provide some context to scenario planning. There is no denying that we live in an ever-changing world. With new technologies emerging almost every day, the way businesses operate can be in a constant state of flux. And with the UK entering uncharted territory, there is a lot of uncertainty floating around at the moment. Whenever you face high levels of uncertainty, you need to be creative as you n

Are we entering a new nutrition reality?

We spoke to Stineke Oenema, Global Coordinator of the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSN) about the current nutrition outlook and if we really are moving into a new nutrition reality. A report in The Lancet​, entitled A new nutrition manifesto for a new nutrition reality ​, sets out the urgency to address and tackle malnutrition throughout the world, and how in the “nutrition decade”​ that leads to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “a new global nutrition movement”​ is...

Hemoglobin analyzer aims to reduce anemia in developing regions

The effort may lead to better responses to anemia, particularly for iron supplements. Commenting on whether hemoglobin analyzers are used alongside the promotion and encouragement of iron supplements to reduce anemia, Katja Lemburg, Global Product Manager Hematology, EKF Diagnostics Holdings, said: “Yes, these two aspects belong together.”​ “The immediate availability of the hemoglobin result from our analyzer has a motivational and educational effect on the patient as they can actually see...

What's new in specialized nutrition in 2020?

Infants and young children, sportspeople, patients in search of medically-supervised products, celiac disease sufferers and overweight and obese consumers are all on the lookout for specialized nutrition products that answer their specific diet and health needs. When it comes to specialized nutrition in 2020, demands and innovations are taking it up a notch. “We are seeing a growing interest for hyper-specialized diets and nutrition options,” ​Ana Paula Gilsogamo, Food and Drink Senior Analyst...

Naturex eyes LATAM for turmeric extract after US GRAS self-affirmation

Naturex provides plant extracts to the food and beverage industry to flavor, color or preserve. Described as bringing “a new generation of turmeric to the market”, ​Naturex’s Turmipure Gold product is the latest addition to the plant-extract brand’s portfolio as it seeks to create functional ingredients for a variety of food and beverages. Commenting on how “lower doses and excellent solubility offer a perfect solution for the dairy and beverage market”, ​the company strives to appeal to...

Duas Rodas explores the big questions in nutrition

Personalized nutrition is gaining traction as consumers are increasingly seeking “divergent interests, tastes and habits”​, said Steven Charles Rumsey, PhD, General Manager of Technology and Innovation at Duas Rodas. Age demographics, in particular, are impacting nutritional attitudes, behaviors and preferences. The need for convenience to support busy lifestyles, for example, is a key fulfillment request. With “millennials currently being the primary influencer in the marketplace”

Healthy living, healthy diets and a healthy planet inspire 2030 nutrition trends: Mintel

What will be the core areas of nutritional interest in 2030? How can R&D teams, producers and brand marketers utilize these trends to engage with consumers? Speaking to NutraIngredients-LATAM, Jenny Zegler, Associate Director of market research provider, Mintel Food and Drink, provides key insights on what we can expect to see over the next ten years in the nutrition sphere. 1. How big a part does attaining good nutrition through healthy nutritious diets play in the next 10 years?​

LATAM region is strongest for Chr. Hansen in Q1

Hailing the overall Q1 2019/2020 results as “in line with expectations”​, Chr. Hansen revealed that the nutrition specialists saw 1% organic revenue growth in the first three months of 2019/2020, which coincides with the company’s 1% euro growth. Along with the company’s health and nutrition segment witnessing 4% organic revenue growth, momentum has also improved in its food cultures and enzymes categories attaining 4% growth, while natural colors saw a 1% rise. The operating earnings over ope

Flora makes strides to acquire Colombian supplement company, Cronomed

Flora Growth produces organic cannabis oils and CBD-infused food and beverage pharmaceutical-grade, medical and cosmetic-grade derivatives from the cannabis plant for a wide range of uses including dietary and nutritional supplements. Centering on its expansion in the Colombian and wider Latin American markets, Flora Growth has progressed with plans to acquire a 100% equity interest in Grupo Farmaceutico Cronomed S.A.S. (Cronomed) by entering into a letter of intent. Headquartered in Bogota, C

Nutrition and Agtech investments in Brazil focus on alternative proteins

A first-of-its-kind AgTech fund is currently underway to ​ startups in Brazil. New and novel formulations are therefore evolving and advancing to reflect changing consumer needs. Focusing on the key nutrition trends in Brazil and the wider Latin American market at present, Francisco Jardim, Co-Founder, SP Ventures emphasizes that LATAM is being “absorbed”​ by many of the global nutrition trends. Brazilian and Latin American consumers are also responding to nutrition needs, causing food...

“LATAM market is going through a big change”, Naturex says

Naturex was founded in 1992 and was recently acquired by flavors and fragrance giant Givaudan. The company, which is headquartered in France, manufactures and markets natural specialty ingredients for the food and health industries. 1. What are people's top needs ​in the nutrition, ingredients and functional food space?​ Rodrigo Setti: Our customers want to add benefits and functionality to traditional products while maintaining great taste and flavor. Naturex is working to satisfy consumers...

Brazilian guarana ingredient features in innovative launches, Duas Rodas reveals

As health and well-being continue to influence consumer food and beverage choices, Duas Rodas emphasizes how industry formulators, manufacturers and shoppers are seeking additional benefits to those that fulfill basic nutritional functions. Guarana, otherwise known as Paulinia cupana, is marketed as a medicinal plant and is featured in pharmacopeias in Brazil, Mexico and the US. Native to the Amazon region, the plant is recognized as having a slightly bitter taste with an astringent and acidic...

BB-12 probiotic strain may help lessen the impact of colic in infants, says study

Colic is a common problem throughout the world, with as many as 25% of infants suffering from the condition, which is characterized by long periods of crying and fussing with no obvious known cause. The new study, conducted by Professor Roberto Berni Canani, shows that Chr. Hansen’s probiotic Bifidobacterium animalis​ subsp. lactis​ BB‐12 (BB‐12) strain may help to lower crying duration in infants and the overall number of crying bouts. The aim of the recently published study was to determine

Core nutrition trends in 2020 and beyond demand more from innovators

What’s next in the world of food and nutrition? Food provenance and the country of origin​ As consumer lifestyles in different nations converge, the internationalization of food is leading food preferences to align and become more homogenous. However, with widespread travel a norm for many, consumers have the ability to try a selection of new cuisines and foodstuffs. Simultaneously, consumers are also adopting increased awareness and curiosity in the rediscovery of local food, a trend Euromon...

What's on the agenda for Sustainable Food and Nutrition in 2020?

Over 100 executives from the sustainable food and nutrition sphere joined the fifth Latin American edition of the summit in São Paulo, Brazil, on 28-29th November 2019. The industry insiders gathered to discuss the main sustainability issues that are facing the region’s food and nutrition space. Leading trends facing sustainable nutrition in Latin America focus on plant-based foods, biodiversity, traceability, organic food supply chains, veganism and vegetarianism and the development...

Debunking Technology Myths in Tech in 2020

It’s that time of year when predictions and myths for 2020 technology trends skyrocket. What will happen in the next 12 months, what new innovations will we see, and how will they change the way we work? The world of technology moves very quickly. So many things change and new innovations come to light rapidly. For us, as well as top trends in 2020, looking at some of the tech trends that have been building over the last few years and some of the technology myths that have cropped up around the...

Duas Rodas highlights botanical extracts and flavor potential of Yerba Mate

As the overlap between nutrition, food and beverage, and cosmetics industries grows, manufacturers are analyzing and utilizing the multifunctional properties of the South American plant, Yerba Mate, Duas Rodas revealed. Brazilian producer of flavors and ingredients for the food, beverage and nutraceutical industries, Duas Rodas, is plowing efforts and investment into research. Its aim is to grow its range of botanical extracts and flavors that are derived from the Yerba Mate plant.

Sustainability, storytelling, sport and sugar-free lead trends in 2020

When it comes to the key ingredients that LATAM consumers are demanding, consumers look for “natural ingredients that connect with their needs and concerns”, ​Julian Mellentin, food and beverage consultant at New Nutrition Business, highlighted. Ingredients that relate to key trends, including protein, good carbohydrates or low-carbohydrate alternatives, natural sugars and plant-based ingredients are attractive and prominent choices for food and beverage producers. Sharing insights on current

Fiber, gut health, plant-based and healthy diets lead LATAM consumer demands, Roquette says

1​. What are Roquette's current operations and activities in LATAM?​ In addition to its US footprint, Roquette opened an office in Mexico in 2006 and is also active in Brazil. Beyond our own footprint, we operate in LATAM through distribution agreements with strategic partners, such as Brenntag. Roquette has appointed Brenntag as the preferred distribution partner for its food product range in North Latin America.

DSM will “continue to invest in the region” despite “all the challenges”

With innovation a core focus in nutrition too, we spoke to Luiz Magalhães, Vice-President of DSM Human Nutrition & Health in Latin America and Maria Fernanda Elias, Communication Manager of Human Nutrition & Health in Latin America at DSM Nutritional Products about their plans for the region. 1. What are DSM's current nutritional operations and activities in LATA​M?​ DSM’s current operations in LATA​M comprise large participation in human nutrition and health, animal nutrition and health...
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