Infant & Maternal Nutrition
Since many years, the global infant nutrition market experiences strong growth and is forecasted to continue doing so. In addition, there is also a growing interest to provide essential nutrients to pregnant and breast-feeding woman to improve the nutritional status of the baby.
Globally, the development is driven by increasing birth rates and flourishing middle classes as well as a growing number of working mothers who cannot breastfeed as long as recommended or as they would like to do.
The families’ lifestyles become more and more busy and drive the demand for more convenience: this leads to the development of ready-to-drink formats in both starter formula and growing up milks.
Ready-to-drink formats also meet the need for safety: there is no need for mixing or dosage/preparation errors. Also, baby foods presented in easy-to transport and consume pouches are booming compared to traditional product formats. New growing-up milk formats are also gaining popularity. This is supported by new evidence that there is also a specific demand for nutrients for 1-5 year old children which is often not covered by traditional weaning foods.
The infant nutrition market is largely globalized by multinationals but also by regional important players. This is based on the demand for high quality, and often-preferred western quality in Asia, namely China where safety is a strong concern of consumers.
It is essential for the formula and baby foods brand owners as well as the ingredient manufacturers to have an in-depth understanding of the global regulatory landscape and the mastering of the stringent quality and safety standards.
We offer ingredients with health benefits, based on the most solid scientific foundations. 2‘-Fucosyllactose (2‘-FL), our first product in the group of Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMO) as well as our Dry n-3 powders are examples for our contributions to designing infant formula according to latest scientific findings.
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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.