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Healthy diets for all within planetary boundaries

The history of DSM is one of transformations based on creating innovative solutions to currently unmet needs. At any one time, we are working on a range of new and transformative innovations that will come onto the market within 12 months and answer both the needs of customers and address societal needs. We also work on continuous improvements that enable our customers to provide new offerings that provide increased performance hand in hand with positive health effects, a lower carbon footprint and greater resource efficiency.
Africa Improved Foods

Africa Improved Foods Ltd.

In 2015 DSM and Africa Improved Foods Ltd. (AIF), a consortium initiated by the Clinton Health Access Initiative including DSM, agreed to invest in a factory to be built in Kigali, Rwanda, to produce fortified foods to fight malnutrition in children and young women. The factory provides 230 direct jobs, and AIF also offers 9,000 local farmers a stable, sustainable income for a proportion of their harvest.

Antioxidants (e.g. vitamin C): Reducing food waste

Antioxidants (e.g. vitamin C): Reducing food waste

Some 1.3 billion tons of food a year - approximately a third of all food produced - is never consumed due either to food loss (when food is damaged by external action prior to going on sale) or to food waste (which occurs after purchase, when food is thrown away). Much of the food currently wasted is thrown away due to spoilage. This reduces the food available to the world’s population while creating an environmental burden by unnecessarily increasing the volumes of waste already produced.

Antioxidants - ingredients that retard the oxidation processes which cause food to spoil - are used to extend the shelf life of many foods and beverages. They also have intrinsic nutritional properties and consequent health benefits. Antioxidants such as vitamin C produced by DSM help quality-conscious consumers to enjoy foods and beverages that stay fresh for longer, delivering product reliability while also helping to reduce spending on food that is never eaten.

Brewers Clarex®: Reducing the environmental impact of beer production

Brewers Clarex®: Reducing the environmental impact of beer production

The booming craft beer market is driven by the demand for premium taste and high-quality ingredients. Brewers Clarex® from DSM is a brewing enzyme found in nature that offers an innovative alternative to classical powder- and silica gel-based beer stabilizers. It enables beer producers to create gluten-free beer from raw materials such as malted barley without impacting the taste, foam or quality of the beer. At the same time, it allows brewers to reduce their carbon footprint and cut water and energy utilization.

Brewers Clarex shortens the complex cold stabilization step in the beer filtration cycle, thus reducing the amount of beer and water lost in the process. Already today, 200 million hl of beer a year are already being stabilized using Brewers Clarex. This innovative solution from DSM helps generate savings of up to €100,000 per million hl of beer produced. Brewers Clarex is also effective in much smaller quantities than conventional stabilization agents, permitting secondary savings in terms of transportation, handling and the associated energy costs.

CanolaPRO™: Plant-based protein

CanolaPRO™: Plant-based protein

Protein is an essential macronutrient of any balanced diet. With the rapid growth of the world’s population, the global demand for protein is rapidly increasing. Animal-source foods provide high-quality protein, but their production places considerable demands on the environment. Additionally, there is an increased interest from consumers for plant-based foods to enrich their diets with more sustainable protein alternatives.

A new alternative is the relatively unknown canola protein. Created from a by-product of the cold pressing of canola (rapeseed) for the production of canola oil, CanolaPRO™ from DSM comprises high-quality, nutritious, slightly sweet tasting protein with a low environmental impact. CanolaPRO is a versatile and adaptable solution that can be incorporated in a multitude of foods and beverages to fit their protein content needs such as protein bars, cereals, bakery products, dairy and dessert products, meat analogues and so on.

D-biotin: Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients for better health

D-biotin: Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients for better health

DSM has more than 70 years’ experience in the production of vitamins that are used as Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) by the pharma industry. More recently, we have led the way in the production of pharmaceutical lipids (the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA), which are derived either from sustainable marine sources or via innovative microbial fermentation processes.

Used in a wide range of pharmaceutical products, these ingredients help support patient health. In line with our Quality for Life™ principles and our pioneering history in vitamin science and production, we partner closely with our pharma customers to develop new therapeutic solutions. For example, our partnership with MedDay to produce pharmaceutical-grade D-biotin (a naturally occurring form of the coenzyme vitamin B7) is delivering promising results in the treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS).


Nutrition Improvement Program: Fighting malnutrition

Eight hundred million people today are chronically undernourished, while over 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. Fortifying the diet with essential micronutrients – vitamins and minerals – has proven to provide health benefits for vulnerable populations, improving nutritional status and reducing the incidence of a range of diseases. In 2016, the Copenhagen Consensus calculated that investing in nutrition provides the highest return on investment in the development agenda, delivering a payoff of $16 for each $1 invested.

DSM’s Nutrition Improvement Program provides affordable, accessible, high-quality nutritional products and solutions to fortify staple foods that form the basis of many local culinary cultures around the world. Easily integrated into traditional diets, these are well accepted and have a positive impact on public health. We work continuously to reduce the environmental impact of our processes for the production of micronutrients.

Pack-Age®: Increasing sustainability in cheese production

Pack-Age®: Increasing sustainability in cheese production

Manufacturers and consumers alike are attaching increasing importance to sustainability in food production. DSM’s Pack-Age® makes an innovative and valuable contribution in the field of cheese manufacture. Pack-Age is a moisture-permeable, breathable membrane that protects against the growth of mold during natural ripening, thus ensuring the quality and freshness of the cheese that reaches consumers.

Pack-Age also offers sustainability benefits. As it eliminates the need for a traditional crust, a portion of the cheese is no longer lost when the crust is removed before the cheese is eaten. This reduces food waste. Pack-Age also facilitates a more homogeneous drying process, which means that more cheese is produced in the first place. If all naturally ripened Gouda & Parmesan cheeses were ripened with Pack-Age, 3.6 billion liters less milk would be required for producing the same amount of cheese, 200,000 tons less cheese would be wasted, 100,000 tons more cheese would be available for consumption, and there would be €200 million more profit to share throughout the value chain.

Project Clean Cow

Project Clean Cow: More sustainable farming

As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the demand for food, including beef and dairy. Unfortunately, the cows we raise for this purpose produce significant amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that causes climate change. A single dairy cow generates some 3 tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) every year in the form of enteric methane. This process accounts for 4% of all total global greenhouse gas emissions, making it a major contributor to climate change. Tackling climate change is a priority at DSM. Project Clean Cow is one way in which we’re helping.

Working in intense collaboration with scientists and experts in nutrition, biology, chemistry, engineering and analytics from across the globe, DSM has developed a compound that, when added to dairy cattle feed, reduces methane emissions by 30%. Including this compound in the diet has no adverse effects on animal welfare, feed consumption or performance. Commercial production is planned, and will provide an important opportunity to reduce the environmental footprint of the beef and dairy sector. This unique and highly innovative feed solution from DSM will appeal to consumers who want to enjoy beef and dairy products without placing undue demands on the environment. Which is good news for farmers.

Green Ocean algae-based technology

Veramaris® algae-based technology

The positive health benefits of the Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA and DHA are now widely recognized, with relevance especially for cardiovascular health and cognitive development. This has driven consumer demand for salmon, which is naturally rich in Omega 3 - which has in turn fueled the growth of salmon farming. In total 17% of all wild-caught fish are currently used to produce fish oil and fishmeal, with a large proportion of this being used to feed farmed salmon.

DSM's Veramaris® joint venture with Evonik is a disruptive new algae-based technology for producing EPA and DHA for use in fish feed. Currently salmon are fed with wild-caught fish, but with natural marine algae as its raw material, Veramaris eliminates wild-caught fish from the production process entirely. An affordable solution with cost benefits for feed producers, fish farmers and food retailers alike, Veramaris helps protect marine biodiversity and reduce the environmental impact of fish farming. To make the equivalent of 1kg of algae-based Veramaris would take 60kg of wild catch.