Commitment to Connect Nutrition and Health
BENEO stands for functional ingredients from agricultural raw materials (chicory root, sugar beet, rice and wheat), which add value to consumer products (e.g. prebiotic fiber enrichment, slow release carbohydrates, sugar reduction and more). All of BENEO's advanced ingredients are solely developed and produced from natural sources.
BENEO firmly believes that together with partners in the complete food chain it will be possible to improve food products. It is the ingredient that makes the difference, but it is the product developer, the food manufacturer, the dietitian/nutritionist and the retailer who make it available to consumers. BENEO contributes with high quality ingredients as well as a connected chain of expertise from durable farming, process technology, food application, nutritional science and legislation to market intelligence and consumer insight. BENEO's partners have access to knowledge and expertise regarding the prebiotic chicory root fibers inulin and oligofructose, the functional carbohydrates isomalt and Palatinose™, as well as specialty starches, flour and proteins from rice.
Out of the commitment to nutrition and health, the BENEO-Institute was founded in 2009 as an initiative of BENEO.
BENEO-Institute: Knowledge to Connect Nutrition and Health
The BENEO-Institute is a center of expertise based on sound science. It focuses on the latest scientific research and knowledge concerning physiology and legislation related to BENEO ingredients. With this, the BENEO-Institute supports food and beverage manufacturers in innovations increasing the nutritional benefits for consumers.
BENEO-Institute: A Network of Minds
The BENEO-Institute brings together BENEO's expertise from Nutrition Science, Nutrition Communication and Regulatory Affairs teams. It was founded and developed by experts having different scientific backgrounds such as bio-chemistry, chemistry, nutritional science and legislation. This network of intelligence will continue to grow as scientists who already contribute to the BENEO-Institute consult their own scientific network to find solutions to the most challenging questions in the food industry.
Knowledgeable and Active in the Megatrends of Nutrition
Consumers' health consciousness and expectations towards modern food products are under constant change – worldwide. The BENEO-Institute started early to focus on the global megatrends in nutrition science and food industry:
- Digestive health and wellbeing
- Weight management
- Blood sugar management and low glycemic concepts
- Bone health
- Dental health
Experienced in Regulatory Frameworks Worldwide
The food and beverage industry is continuously experiencing regulatory changes. The BENEO-Institute takes an active role in monitoring and commenting on the regulatory framework on national and international levels. This relates to projects like the Codex Alimentarius' dietary fiber definition, the European Health Claim Regulation and many more.
BENEO-Institute: Examples of Work
In-depth knowledge of nutrition is an important contribution to BENEO's partners and customers. Interested in exchange, aiming to inspire partners and be inspired, the BENEO-Institute strives to increase the knowledge of how important healthy nutrition is and how good it can taste.
Examples of its work include:
- Nutritional research and peer-reviewed articles
- Position papers on nutritional and regulatory topics
- International research conferences and workshops
- Consultancy with respect to regulations
- Support with product composition
BENEO-Institute Values its Relationship with the Academy
"The BENEO-Institute values its relationship with the Academy and its members. We are committed to sharing knowledge and continuing to build research on ingredients that help companies and their customers- the consumer- to offer healthier and tastier food products. With a shared vision, we want to support the Academy and build a strong partnership that supports its members with access to science-based recommendations helping Americans eat better."
- Anke Sentko- VP of Regulatory Affairs and Nutrition Communication
Company Facts and Figures
BENEO is a worldwide producer of functional ingredients such as prebiotic fibers from chicory root, isomalt and Palatinose™ from sugar beet as well as rice specialty ingredients. BENEO is part of the Südzucker Group – one of the leading food producers in Europe. Formed in 2009 by the companies formerly known as Orafti, Palatinit and Remy, BENEO employs about 1,000 people in six offices (Germany, Belgium, Spain, USA, Singapore and Brazil) and five production sites (Belgium, Germany, Italy and Chile). In the U.S., BENEO Inc. is located in Morris Plains, N.J. BENEO currently markets its functional ingredients in more than 75 countries around the world.
For more information, visit www.beneo.com
Corporate Social Responsibility
According to demographic developments, the food and feed industry will have to double their production, while taking care of sustainability – i.e. the ecological, social and economic impact. BENEO actively approaches these challenges by constantly improving sustainability along the entire value chain, making sure that our natural sources are farmed in a sustainable manner, but also the production processes are continuously optimized. With investments in forward-looking technologies, foresighted planning of production sites and careful maintenance, BENEO has managed to e.g. continuously improve energy efficiency and to invest in sustainable solutions, like energy recovery from biomass. It is about meeting the needs of today while keeping in mind tomorrow's generation.