Impressive Opportunities for Food Manufacturers in Joining the Fight Against Diabetes in Indonesia: BENEO


Jakarta, Indonesia – October 2, 2018 – Food manufacturers have a major role to play in the battle against health issues like obesity and diabetes, according to leading functional ingredients manufacturer BENEO.

The International Diabetes Federation says Indonesia will be home to 16.7 million people with diabetes in 2045[1]. This figure stood at 10.3 million in 2017, with more than half of the number of people living with diabetes undiagnosed. However, research conducted by international research organisation ‘FMCG Gurus’ shows that 66% of consumers are aware of the link between diet and diabetes and 88% say that they are interested in buying groceries that can help reduce the risk.

“Obesity and diabetes are huge issues Indonesia and across Asia, but the most effective way to tackle these health issues is for people to healthier foods which contain better ingredients. There is a big opportunity for food manufactures to play a key role in improving the health of Indonesians, as processed and pre-packaged foods often have very high levels of sugar. This plays a key role in causing diabetes,” said Christian Philippsen, Managing Director BENEO Asia Pacific.

“The way to make these foods healthier is to reduce the amount of sugar, but an understandable concern is that this will affect how good products taste. However, it is possible to reduce the amount of sugar in these products without compromising on taste or texture by incorporating functional ingredients.”

One such ingredient is Palatinose™, a slow release carbohydrate derived from sugar beet that supplies the body with steadier and sustained energy compared to regular sugar. Palatinose™ is the only low-glycaemic carbohydrate and has a natural, mild sugar-like taste, which makes it ideal for use in applications such as baked goods, dairy products, sports beverages and energy drinks.

BENEO was at Food Ingredients Asia 2018, which took place at the Jakarta International Expo from 3-5 October, to educate attendees on ways to make food products healthier. 

[1] IDF Diabetes Atlas – 8th Edition