Food, Drink and Nutrition

Here you'll find all my latest published articles and blog posts relating to the food, drink and nutrition industries. 

Naturex unveils fermented mineral to boost plant-based, on-the-go nutrition

Speaking to NutraIngredients-LATAM, Amandine De Santi, Customer Marketing Manager, EMEA, Naturex, talks us through industry demands for nutritious plant-based, takeaway choices. Naturex, which is now part of Givaudan, after the Swiss flavor manufacturer completed the acquisition of Naturex in September 2018, is turning its attention to plant-based nutrition that provides consumers with healthy eating options, on-the-go. In 2018 and 2017, food and beverage launches tracked with an on-the-go lab

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...

Digestion leads nutritional health benefits in Brazil and Mexico probiotics

Consumers in Brazil and Mexico are increasingly reviewing products in the probiotic sector, latest data from insights provider on food and nutrition markets, Lumina Intelligence, revealed. Products in Brazil and Mexico with a health claim either on-pack and/or on their website achieved a total of 1,773 reviews as of January 2020 and saw a 68% increase in reviews since December 2017. While those with no health claim only increased by 24%, Lumina Intelligence’s data stated.

Unlimitech unveils new sports performance and nutrition device

Daniel Morales Valdivia, Unlimitech's Peruvian founder, talks us through how its revolutionary sports performance and metabolic analysis technology plans to help improve sports nutrition and support nutritionists around the world. 1. Can you tell me a little about yourself and Unlimitech? ​ I am a business engineer, which is a mix of IT engineering and industrial engineering. I studied in Peru before working in the mining industry for five years. While working there, I set up the asset...

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, APC Microbiome collaborate on infant research project

The scientific and microbiome-focused duo announced their large-scale infant health research project that will explore the role of the microbiome in human health. The four-year, $7 million (€6.3 mn) research project will use their findings that aims to produce a healthy microbiome in early life that will support individuals’ long-term health. The project, called Missing Microbes in Infants born by C-section (MiMIC), will explore the potential to improve infant health through understanding more...

EU 'farm to fork' strategy aims to feed sustainable food system

Sustainable production, processing and consumption are integral elements of the EU 'farm to fork' strategy. With the strategy’s current feedback period now closed, industry interest as to how strategic plans, specific targets and anticipated developments are set to advance are high. The background of the strategy Since taking office in December 2019, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has published political guidelines that emphasise the importance of ensuring the Euro...

Forging a strategy to tackle double malnutrition burden

We spoke with Stineke Oenema, Global Coordinator of the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition about what the current double burden of malnutrition in low and middle-income countries looks like and what needs to be done to tackle its presence. In Lancet’s research series exploring the ​, the authors emphasize that it is no longer possible to identify countries as low-income and undernourished, or alternatively, high-income and therefore only experiencing obesity.

Nestlé focuses on meeting “nutritional needs of Mexicans in all stages of life”

As it progresses its investment plans to support nutrition, food and health in Mexico, Nestlé turns its attention to innovating production processes, business models and reformulating products to meet what it hails as “the new nutritional needs of Mexicans​”. Nestlé plans to assign $700 million to upgrade and modernize its 17 factories in Mexico. By improving its production facilities with cutting-edge equipment, the company hopes these advancements will enable it to continue implementing its...

DSM to acquire Glycom to develop infant nutrition

In a bid to advance early life nutrition, DSM has bought Glycom for an enterprise value of $831 million (€765 mn), the science company revealed. Tipped as the globe’s only fully-integrated Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMO) provider, DSM details how its product development, preclinical and clinical development, and regulatory and large-scale manufacturing will spur Glycom’s innovation capabilities to create “next-generation” HMOs. Found in human breast milk, HMOs are a group of carbohydrate...

World Food Programme and Islamic Development Bank MoU “saves and changes more lives impacted by malnutrition”

David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP and Dr Bandar Hajjar, President of the IsDB Group, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), as the World Economic Forum was taking place in Davos, Switzerland. The partnership aims to focus on low and middle-income countries that are members of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation. Speaking to NutraIngredients-LATAM, WFP’s Geraldine Honton, Programme Coordinator Innovative Financing, Nutrition Division explained that while it is currently at...

Nestlé expands medical nutrition business with Zenpep acquisition

Commenting on why medical nutrition is a core area of interest and growth for Nestlé, a spokesperson for the company confirmed that “medical nutrition is the original foundation of our business and it continues to be important to us in our markets around the world”​. Sharing how the recent acquisition of Zenpep supports this position, the spokesperson continued: Zenpep is “aligned with NHSc's approach of empowering healthier lives through nutrition and assuring optimal nutritional support...

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...

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...

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”

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

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...

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...

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...

Ingredion unveils its first allulose plant in Latin America

The newly-built manufacturing plant will develop the company’s Astraea allulose sweetener product. After licensing technology created by specialty ingredient leader, Matsutani Chemical Industry, Ingredion’s allulose will be marketed throughout South and North America. With ingredient solutions at its core, Ingredion opened its first allulose production plant in San Juan del Río, Mexico. At this location, Ingredion will manufacture, market and sell the sweetener Astraea allulose...
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