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New Zealand Dairy Sector – FONTERRA JOINS INTERNATIONAL DRIVE TO PREVENT MALNUTRITION IN THE ELDERLY

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Source: Fonterra

In a quest to find solutions to the growing issue of malnourishment in older people, Fonterra has joined with 24 scientific and nutritional organisations in a major international project.

Older people in many countries, including New Zealand, are at higher risk of health issues because of poor nutrition.

The five-year project, ‘The Prevention of Malnutrition in Senior Subjects in the EU’, is investigating the role diet and appetite may have in malnutrition and functional decline of people over 70 years.

Fonterra Director NZMP Medical Nutrition Maarten van Beek says the research findings will help Fonterra develop innovative new food products that prevent malnutrition and support active and healthy ageing.  

In New Zealand, almost 75 per cent of older adults involved in a recent Massey University study led by Associate Professor Carol Wham were found to be at risk of malnourishment, or were malnourished, when they were admitted to hospital.

“Older people need more protein to support good health, as malnourishment can cause muscle shrinking, as well as other health-related problems. The findings should offer valuable insights into the best ways to incorporate more protein into their diets,” says Mr van Beek.

“A key focus of NZMP’s Medical Nutrition work is to develop great-tasting, protein-enriched nutritional solutions that are part of a normal diet for older people.”  

As part of the project’s food trials to assess taste, and mobility and muscle outcomes, research participants will add NZMP protein-fortified products to their regular diets, including a coconut protein water, a chocolate and vanilla pudding and rice pudding.

Mr van Beek says Fonterra welcomes the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives by sharing technical knowledge and expertise to create inventive protein-enriched food concepts.  

“Not only does improved nutrition make a difference at an individual level, it can also help to reduce strain on healthcare systems,” says Mr van Beek.

NZMP, Fonterra’s dairy ingredients brand, formulates a range of specialised dairy nutrition solutions to help people to recover from malnutrition and for those who want to stay healthy and active as they age. These form part of NZMP’s broad range of dairy ingredients and solutions developed for global food and beverage companies.

The size of the functional foods market for seniors has been estimated to be worth $95.8 billion by 2022.

Note: ’The Prevention of Malnutrition in Senior Subjects in the EU’ project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant number 678732.

About NZMP

NZMP is Fonterra’s dairy ingredients brand. Trusted globally, NZMP ingredients are sold in more than 100 countries and can be found at the heart of some of the world’s most famous food and nutrition brands. NZMP has one of the broadest ranges of ingredients in the dairy industry, providing hundreds of solutions to meet the needs of customers every day.

Backed by Fonterra’s New Zealand grass-fed farming heritage and expertise, world-class processing and leading quality standards, NZMP ingredients deliver real market advantage, trusted for their high performance and exceptional quality.

About Fonterra

We’re a global dairy nutrition company owned by 10,000 farmers and their families. We’ve built our expertise on the legacy of the thousands of farmers who’ve made New Zealand a world leader in dairy.  With a can-do attitude and a collaborative spirit, we’re a world leading dairy exporter. Our 22,000 people share the goodness of dairy nutrition with the world through our innovative consumer, foodservice and ingredient solutions brands, and our farming and processing operations across four continents.

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