Childhood & Adolescence
Receiving all the required nutrients during the first stage of life is crucial for physical growth, intellectual development and the prevention of future diseases. In order to promote healthy child development, we provide nutrients for an age-appropriate, tailor-made diet from the prenatal period up to the adolescent years.
Optimal nutrition during pregnancy doesn’t mean eating for two: it’s more about getting sufficient amounts of essential nutrients. It's important for example that expectant mothers can balance out food intolerances or dislikes to give their children the best possible start in life. We offer multiple solutions like vitamin D, lutein or DHA for formulators designing supplements for pregnant women.
Breast milk is the optimal nourishment when it comes to nurturing newborns. But this superfood doesn’t come ‘for free’. A breastfeeding mother has increased energy, macro- and micronutrient requirements. While the increased energy and protein requirements are easier to meet with everyday food intake, essential nutrients such as Vitamin D, folic acid, iron, zinc, iodine, calcium and DHA may require additional effort. We support our customers in taking responsibility for delivering uncompromising and consistent quality to this vulnerable target group.
Breast milk is the gold standard for feeding a baby. The WHO recommends a minimum of six months of exclusive breastfeeding. However, infant formulas are a good choice for mothers who cannot or choose not to breastfeed their babies. Infant nutrition is all about safety and ingredients from world-class suppliers with appropriate quality certification. This and proven track records of consistently high quality are key contributors to product safety. Stringent composition requirements ensure that formulas cover infant nutrient needs and at the same time promote good tolerance. We translate new science into relevant ingredient offerings (e.g. Human Milk Oligosaccharides) and enable infant formula producers to provide products in line with latest scientific findings.
The transition from infant nutrition to family food can be a challenge. Picky eating, food intolerances, busy family lifestyles and inappropriate food choices can all play a role. Data from many countries have shown that dietary intakes in children aged one to three are often below intake recommendations: Important deficits of essential micronutrients (especially vitamin D, iron and iodine) and omega-3 fatty acids have been identified. Growing-Up Milk (GUM) can help close the nutritional gap: we can provide you with key nutrients.
Children and adolescents experience recurring growth spurts and have a comparatively high need for essential micronutrients. At the same time they need to increase performance in school, sports and other afterschool activities. In this age they may also develop food preferences or try out new diet patterns (vegetarianism, veganism). Increased requirements and inadequate intake may lead to nutritional deficits, which can be balanced out by dietary supplements.
Disclaimer: Specific regulations in the respective countries on the ingredients used, for the intended use and claims made on the final product have to be observed.