The BENEO-Group Notes the Onset of Market Shifts Relating to Upcoming Nutrient Profiling in the European Union

The BENEO-Group is reporting a significant increase in the number of major food producers interested in working with them to develop product concepts that will meet proposed European Union (EU) Nutrient Profile regulations. The BENEO-Group consists of BENEO-Orafti, BENEO-Palatinit and BENEO-Remy, all successful global companies specializing in food ingredients with nutritional and technical benefits.

Rudy Wouters, Head of Food Application Technology of the BENEO-Group, explains further: "We have seen a shift in thinking as major food producers begin to look at their product portfolios and analyze the impact that the nutrient profiles within the new EU Claims Regulation will have on them. We have been advising clients, not only on a range of reformulation strategies to offer reduced sugar and fat options, but also on label improvement, packaging and wording alterations to ensure conformity. Although the nutrition profiles under development include a two-year adoption period, money and time is being invested now by the major players to ensure that they are ready for a new era of nutrition and health claims."

The purpose of the EU nutrition profiling is to help consumers make healthy choices that fit into an overall balanced diet. In particular, nutrient profiles will try to take account of the quantities of certain nutrients and other substances contained within food, their importance and contributions to the diet, and their overall nutritional compositions.

The BENEO-Group's combined expertise and market knowledge places the Group in prime position to advise on suitable product concepts in line with the boundaries being set by the new regulations. In addition, as the preferred partner to many major food and beverage producers, the Group is also seeing an increase in demand for advice regarding on-pack labelling, marketing and communications, as well as questions concerning country-specific regulations and patent issues.

The BENEO-Group is particularly well placed to advise on reformulation strategies with regard to the EU Nutrient Profile's focus on thresholds for sodium, saturated fat and sugars, The BENEO-Group's products consist of carbohydrates and dietary fibers, characterized by their low glycemic response, high fiber content and their support for healthy glycemia.

Specifically, BENEO-Orafti's dietary fibers inulin and oligofructose, BENEO- Remy's extensive range of natural rice ingredients with clean label characteristics, and BENEO-Palatinit's functional carbohydrates Palatinose™ and ISOMALT all offer a number of choices for sugar and fat replacement in processed food and beverage formulations.

By capitalizing on the technical and nutritional attributes of BENEO-Group's naturally derived ingredients, manufacturers can gain expert advice to ensure that their products meet the upcoming EU Nutrient Profile currently under development, ensuring they are ready for this new era of food development and marketing.

About the BENEO-Group
The BENEO-Group has a turnover of €350 million, employs almost 900 people and has production units in Belgium, Germany, Chile and Italy. Throughout the business units, there is a unique chain of expertise that can actively support our partners in the development of more balanced and healthy food products.
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About BENEO-Orafti
BENEO-Orafti is part of the BENEO-Group, a division of the Südzucker Group that specializes in functional ingredients. BENEO-Orafti is a world leader in the production and sale of food ingredients derived from chicory. The company's Orafti® inulin and oligofructose products have been scientifically proven to improve the balance of the body's intestinal flora by stimulating its own beneficial bifidobacteria, helping the body to absorb more essential nutrients, such as calcium, from the diet.
Orafti® ingredients can be the basis for well-balanced food products that improve digestive health and the feeling of well-being. With a head office in Tienen, Belgium, BENEO-Orafti operates in more than 75 countries and has production units in Oreye (Belgium) and Pemuco (Chile).
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About BENEO-Remy
BENEO-Remy is part of the BENEO-Group, which is responsible for the specialized functional food activities within the Südzucker Group. BENEO- Remy is a world market leader in the production and sale of rice derivatives like starches, flours, proteins and, most recently, stabilized rice bran/germ.
The company's product portfolio also includes Nutriz, a rice concentrate that is used in non-dairy drinks and desserts. BENEO-Remy products reach consumers in diverse applications such as: baby foods, breakfast cereals, prepared meals, soups and sauces, bakery goods, dairy products and much more. BENEO-Remy has production sites in Belgium and Italy and serves world markets through a sales network of distributors in more than 45 countries.

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About BENEO-Palatinit
BENEO-Palatinit is part of the BENEO-Group, a division of the Südzucker Group that specializes in functional ingredients. BENEO-Palatinit specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of sugar-free confections with its ISOMALT family of nutritive bulk sugar replacers.

Headquartered in Mannheim, Germany, BENEO-Palatinit has expanded its product range with the development of Palatinose™, a functional carbohydrate that provides extended energy release in a wide range of food and beverage products, and the galenIQ™ range of multifunctional pharmaceutical excipients.

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