Companies in the food ingredients world are showing an increasing desire to dip their feet into the warm waters of nutrition. Only this week Irish food company Kerry announced the creation of a new nutrition division, Nutriant, designed to identify and develop nutritional food and soy ingredients. Now, one year after its creation, National Starch reports on its nutrition division.
In 2001 UK ingredients company and ICI subsidiary National Starch formed the Advanced Ingredients Group (AIG) in a bid to focus certain company activities on nutrition, encapsulation and healthcare markets.
On its first anniversary, Mike Croghan, business director, nutrition, said: "2002 has seen strong growth for National Starch's nutrition business. The successful launch last year of Novelose 260 - an enzyme- and process-tolerant starch with a total dietary fibre content of 60 per cent - has set the scene for future carbohydrate innovations.
Further developments in physiologically functional ingredients are currently underway, particularly in the area of gut wellness."