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Gain from BENEO’s nutrition science

Source:Food Bev Asia

Date Published:1/15/2019 10:01:58 AM

BENEO managing director Christian Philippsen shares the company’s thrust for the year ahead.

OVER the years, BENEO Asia Pacific Pte Ltd has been supporting the region’s food and beverage manufacturers in developing better, healthier products. In 2019, the company will emphasise its strengths not only in supplying functional ingredients, but in delivering science-backed research especially pertaining to physiological health and blood sugar management. In this interview, managing director Christian Philippsen shares the company’s thrust for the year ahead.

Christian Philippsen, managing director, BENEO Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Christian Philippsen, managing director, BENEO Asia Pacific Pte Ltd 

What will BENEO be focusing on in 2019?

With increasingly hectic lifestyles and lesser time to prepare meals, consumers expect the food industry to provide healthy and nutritionally balanced options. This is a trend that will continue into 2019. Following our mission to contribute to better nutrition and health, BENEO will focus on supporting food manufacturers in their efforts to develop food and drink products that cater to the growing demand for healthier foods made from natural sources.

BENEO is clear in its commitment to science as the basis of nutritional and physiological benefits. In 2019, we will continue to invest in nutrition science and gain more insight into how nutrition contributes to long-term health.

According to the International Scientific Association for Prebiotics and Probiotics (ISAPP), BENEO’s chicory root fibres are the only proven prebiotics next to galactooligosaccharides (GOS), making it the only plant-based prebiotics available in the market. In 2019, we will continue to extend the beneficial health benefits of our prebiotic chicory root fibres, as consumers become more aware of the importance of gut health and the influence of a balanced human microbiome on the overall wellbeing. High qualitative scientific research has proven that BENEO’s Orafti® Inulin and Oligofructose support digestive health, have a prebiotic effect and therefore also contribute to a balanced microbiome.

Across the globe, there has also been greater awareness on the need for weight, blood sugar and energy level management. To address this need, we will continue to strengthen the evidence base for the smart release energy and fat oxidation properties of our leading functional carbohydrate, Palatinose™.

What is currently driving the market for BENEO products?

Governments around Asia Pacific are ramping up efforts to improve the health of their citizens and curbing chronic diseases such as diabetes. With nutrition being a key element in this challenge, governments are roping in food manufacturers in their quest to promote healthier societies. For instance, the Health Promotion Board’s Healthier Ingredient Development Scheme encourages manufacturers operating in Singapore to produce wholesome food products. Manufacturers are therefore looking for ways to boost the nutritional and physiological properties of their products. In addition, the health benefits in reformulated products must be accompanied by good taste. BENEO’s functional ingredients from natural sources have successfully shown that healthy products can also have great taste and texture. 

The global prevalence in diabetes is gaining more attention and driving food manufacturers to innovate products with reduced sugar or functional properties that can help consumers better manage blood sugar levels. Our portfolio of functional carbohydrates and prebiotic fibres offers amplified solutions for manufacturers to cater to the growing interest for healthier products. Digestive health, a common concern among consumers, is also leading to increasing demand for our prebiotic chicory root fibres, Orafti® Inulin and Oligofructose.  In addition, many consumers are now seeking foods that contain familiar and easy-to-understand ingredients while avoiding additives. This also includes plant-based and sustainable ingredients. Manufacturers can cater to this trend by incorporating BENEO’s products, all of which are naturally derived from plant sources.

What is your outlook for the ASEAN market in particular?

With diabetes a significant concern in ASEAN countries, we expect increased focus on blood sugar management among governments and the food industry in general. Governments around the region are already considering sugar taxes to reduce the risk of the population developing diabetes. Food manufacturers must continue to look for ways to improve the nutritional value of their products. Solutions that replace high glycaemic sugars while supporting a balanced blood sugar response will be of growing interest to the industry.

Consumers in the region are also demanding healthier foods and paying more attention to the food products they are consuming.  They are looking at ingredient lists, nutritional information and health claims in order to find foods with better quality ingredients and higher nutritional value. These are trends that we see driving the market in 2019 and beyond.




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