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

“It’s Day 1 for inulin in LATAM”, nutrition trends company says

A soluble fiber present in numerous fruits and vegetables, inulin, can be found in many household foods and nutritional staples, including bananas, onions, wheat and chicory root. Inulin is formed from a chain of fructose molecules that are linked in a composition that prevents their digestion by the small intestine. Due to the way they are connected, these molecules travel to the lower gut, where they act as a prebiotic. Prebiotic fibers are dietary supplements that are the non-digestible part

What is Employment Law? - How to Become an Employment Lawyer

What is Employment Law? – How to Become an Employment Lawyer Employment law is an area of legal practice that relates to everything that we do in the world of work. It spans a vast array of topics from employees and their rights, an employer’s rights, duties and obligations and much more. The balance between employee and employer in both small family-run companies and multinational corporates is vital. This is the fundamental principle underpinning employment law.

Roquette Ventures invests in AP Technologies to develop HMOs for infant nutrition

Nutrition company Roquette, which has manufacturing operations in Brazil, will pair its venture investment arm with the protein manufacturing firm, Advanced Protein Technologies (AP Technologies). Together, the two companies will explore and progress understanding and capabilities of human breast milk nutritional components. Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs), which can only be found in human milk, are cognitive and immune-activating ingredients. Protein manufacturing technology specialists, AP...

Brazilian AgFood startups to innovate with first-of-its-kind AgTech fund

Company and fund investor, BASF Venture Capital, injects $4 million into the Brazilian AgVentures II fund, as part of its first round of closing. The AgVentures II fund is the only fund that exclusively focuses on agricultural technology, (AgTech). The fund is managed by São Paulo-based SP Ventures, an AgFood tech leader in Latin America. Chemical company BASF’s investment will center on its nutrition, care and agricultural solutions business. Highlighting that BASF Venture Capital's investmen

Tate & Lyle explores the relationship between nutritious ingredients and the glycemic response

A recent whitepaper by the ingredient supplier provides advice and recommendations on how manufacturers can develop products that enable consumers to have better awareness and control over their blood glucose, while also following a nutritious daily diet that meets guidelines. Ingredient tools, such as fibers and sweeteners, that consider the glycemic response, are currently available to developers and producers to assess and implement in their food and beverage designs. Understanding the prev

$1.35 billion plan addresses nutritional needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants

The Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants (RMRP 2020) sets out the key actions it will take between January-December 2020 to improve the humanitarian conditions for refugees and migrants from Venezuela. Approximately 4.6 million refugees and migrants from Venezuela reside around the world, figures from early November 2019 show. Almost 80% are in Latin American and Caribbean countries. With no plans to return to Venezuela in the immediate or near future, current t

Mindful eating dominates as consumers seek rich nutritious profiles

Described by Euromonitor International as a “constantly evolving trend”, ​mindful eating revolves around a balanced diet that contains nutritious foods. As well as reducing or removing ‘bad’ nutrients such as sugar, salt or carbs in their diets, consumers are simultaneously trying to increase the amount of ‘good’ nutrients, such as fiber and protein, they eat. New beliefs around food are driving consumer preferences for more natural and less-processed foods, short ingredient lists, clean labels...

Label harmonization will lead national nutrition strategies in 2020

Speaking with NutraIngredients-LATAM, David Pineda Ereño, Advisor on Strategy, Policy and Regulation at DPE International Consulting explained the developments we can expect to see in individual Latin American countries to improve nutrition and support targets. While three key ​are set to spearhead nutritional development strategies across the LATAM region in 2020, there is a wide variety of initiatives and actions taking place on the national level. Throughout LATAM, individual nations are ex

LATAM makes greatest global progress in lowering stunting, Scaling Up Nutrition reveals

The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Global Gathering 2019, themed Nourishing people and planet together,​ brings together priorities and representatives from civil society, United Nations agencies, private sector partners, academia, media, parliamentarians and donors. Launched in 2010, the SUN movement strives to provide an ongoing and practical view of how the global community can unite to drive change and call for an end to malnutrition by 2030. Commenting on the strategy and its accompanying roa

Axiom Foods enters Brazilian plant protein market

A keen advocate and leader in the plant-based market, Axiom Foods, has entered into a distribution agreement with ingredients supplier, Univar Solutions Brazil. With the global plant protein demand expected to reach $14.5bn by 2025, Axiom Foods will present its selection of plant-based ingredients to the Brazilian marketplace. The company will appeal to Brazilian consumers by providing functional plant proteins that offer meat alternatives. In 2018, the Latin American country witnessed exponent...

LATAM population struggles to afford nutritious diet, study finds

The EAT–Lancet reference diet is unaffordable for an estimated 1.58 billion people around the world, as its cost outpaces the minimum amount required to achieve nutrient adequacy. Latin America and the Caribbean witnesses the highest median cost per day, out of anywhere around the world, at $3.42. In the first global benchmark diet of its kind “capable of sustaining health and protecting the planet”​, The EAT–Lancet Commission was asked to create a universal reference diet in a bid to develop a...

The Future of IT: Top Trends in Connectivity in 2020

The Future of IT: Top Trends in Connectivity in 2020 The future of IT, where to begin? It’s that time of year – where we all start getting nostalgic about the year that’s nearly over, as well as excited over the new year to come. And that also means predictions about what we will see over the next 12 months and beyond. So, what can we expect, technologically? We’ve talked a little bit about the Internet of Things (IoT) before amid the growth of connectivity. IoT is designed to do just that, to

Global warming predicted to adversely affect crop production and increase undernutrition: study

Xu et al (2019) undertook the Brazil-based study with the aim of understanding and quantifying the correlation between short-term heat exposure and the risk of hospitalization from undernutrition. First of its kind to analyze heat exposure and hospitalization​ Hailed as “the first study to our knowledge to evaluate the association between heat exposure and risk of hospitalization for undernutrition”​, the study looks at the effects of heat exposure on the hospitalization of people with...

Verus enters Brazil with Nutribrands stake

In acquiring a controlling interest in Nutribrands, Verus International, which is a subsidiary of branded consumer products provider Verus Foods, will strive to reach and appeal to Brazilian buyers. Prevalent in the sports nutrition, energy, vitamin supplement, and fat reduction segments, Nutribrands has a popular and mature position throughout the Latin American country. The ties between the Brazil-based nutrition name and the USA are already present, as Nutribrands currently owns, imports and...

Argentina announces 50% increase in nutrition policy budget amid food emergency

Although 2019 has witnessed its anticipated record levels of cereal production, it has failed to turnaround the growing intensity of the threat to food and nutrition. Due to the acute weakening of the local currency and rising inflation rate, cereal prices have spiked at an ongoing and detrimental rate. As a result, the alarming pricing levels are drastically restricting the Argentinian population’s access to food. 2018 saw the Latin American country’s GDP experience negative growth, depreciat

Life stage nutrition leads consumer segmentation in the era of eating occasions

For manufacturers and retailers, life stage nutrition is a core area for new product creations. As brands strive for more segmented product portfolios, the oldest and youngest consumer demographics have stood out as target markets to appeal to. With aging populations in Latin America, food producers are drafting innovative and novel ideas to “meet the unique nutritional needs” ​of older purchasers, market intelligence provider, Euromonitor International reports. By 2030, 991 million people aro

Trade bloc agreements to enhance nutritional developments in 2020

We spoke with David Pineda Ereño, Advisor on Strategy, Policy and Regulation at DPE International Consulting about what movements we can expect to see in Latin America at the regional level to strengthen nutrition. From dedicated efforts to create ​and proposals on ​ throughout the region to reports and plans on the commitments to reduce ​, obesity and ​ while achieving ​ — 2019 has seen multiple developments that strive to improve nutrition across Latin America. Intergovernmental agreements t

Mexican survey studies probiotics use and prescriptions by nutritionists and gastroenterologists

Data published in the Mexican ​Journal of Gastroenterology​ indicated that both groups of healthcare professionals were aware of and familiar with the probiotic concept, personally recommended them often to patients, and also believed they are safe. The vast majority of nutritionists (98%) and gastroenterologists (97%) stated that probiotics are effective for managing digestive symptoms, and are considered a safe therapeutic tool without major adverse health risks. Of those nutritionists and g

Interesting Family Law Court Cases

Family law cases address a wide variety of issues and disputes relating to familial matters, including parental disputes, divorce decrees, child protection, financial support for children, adoption and domestic violence (in some instances). The Family Division of the High Court deals with such proceedings. District judges preside in County Courts and in Family Proceedings Courts, which are dedicated Magistrates’ Courts that house family court cases. For issues relating to children, family law...

Aker BioMarine grows krill investment and export potential in Uruguay

Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is now the main logistics base for Aker BioMarine. Complete with 15,000 m² warehousing space and bespoke repackaging facilities, the krill-based ingredient developer is now anticipated to become one of Uruguay’s biggest exporters by tonnage. As the biotech innovator has developed its presence in recent years, Uruguay has become a key logistics and distribution hub for Aker BioMarine’s operational activities in the Antarctic. Up to ten times every year, krill...
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