European ingredients supplier Beneo-Group has launched a research initiative called the 'Beneo-Institute' in a bid to help its customers navigate the minefield of European regulation.
Launched at the FiEurope show in Frankfurt last week (17 November), the institute will offer customers access to the latest research into nutritional science and advice on claims and other regulatory affairs topics.
It will address market sectors such as weight management, digestive health, physical and mental performance, the effects of a low glycemic diet in the context of healthy eating and disease prevention, and dental health.
Expertise will be available across all three of the group's business units: Beneo-Orafti, Palatinit and Remy. The institute will comprise three teams of specialists selected from life science, nutrition communication and legislation/regulatory affairs divisions, supported by further internal experts including food technologists and chemists, as well as experts from the Beneo-Institute global network of scientists.
Yves Servotte, Beneo-Group executive board member, said: "Through bringing together and building on our existing network of highly regarded scientific and academic contacts within food and life science, the Beneo-Institute represents an exciting new phase for the group.
"Our customers and partners will benefit from the research being carried out into functional ingredients and the increasing detailed knowledge about these ingredients. The transformation of this knowledge into dossiers for substantiation of claims and sound interpretation of regulatory challenges will add value and ultimately improve the efficiency of the development of new products."
The Beneo-Group supplies functional ingredients derived from chicory roots, beet sugar and rice respectively.