Bunge has announced that its plant-based lipids business Bunge Loders Croklaan, has launched Betapol® Organic, the first China and EU Certified Organic OPO (Oleic-Palmitic-Oleic or SN-2 palmitate) for infant milk formula. Inspired by the natural composition of human breast milk, Betapol® Organic is the latest offering in the company’s infant nutrition portfolio.
“As the inventor of the OPO category, and as part of our ongoing innovation efforts, we are proud to announce that our Betapol product is now Certified Organic,” said Dr. Emiliano Rial Verde, vice-president of Bunge Loders Croklaan Nutrition. “We’ve seen the demand for organic infant milk formula growing, but clinically proven ingredients with organic certification are lacking. Now, we are the first in the market to offer our customers a premium OPO ingredient with dual EU and Chinese Organic certifications.”
Increased consumer demand for organic products
Food brands are striving to have products that align with the values of their consumers. Organic certified products are part of this trend. The market intelligence agency Mintel reported that the global number of organic infant milk formula (IMF) product introductions have grown from 5% in 2015 to 13% in 2021. The Asian organic baby food market constitutes 20% of the global market and is growing at a rapid pace of 12% a year since 2015. China is fueling this with year-over-year growth of over 20% in organic baby food, and 30% in organic IMF. Stricter standards for organic certification have also led to a rise in consumer confidence and thus demand for organic products. With the introduction of Betapol® Organic, Bunge Loders Croklaan is working to meet these market demands.
Enabling growth for infant formula manufacturers
Betapol® from Bunge Loders Croklaan, is an established infant formula ingredient with clinical benefits proven since the 1990s. OPO is a uniquely structured lipid that is naturally present in mother’s milk. The presence of palmitic acid in the middle position (SN-2 palmitate) has been clinically proven to improve energy intake, reduce constipation, increase bone mineral density, positively affect healthy gut bacteria, improve fine motor skills, reduce crying and result in better sleep.
The introduction of Organic Certified Betapol®, the first EU Organic and China Organic Standard certified OPO, marks another milestone for Bunge Loders Croklaan. Grounded in Bunge Loders Croklaan’s ambition to be a growth enabler for its customers, Betapol® Organic allows the production of organic infant milk formulas with the clinically proven benefits of OPO which, until now, were only available to conventional formulas.
Growing the organic portfolio of Bunge Loders Croklaan
Next to infant milk formula ingredients, Bunge Loders Croklaan is growing its organic portfolio, offering a steady and scalable supply chain of organic oils and fats, ranging from sunflower, rapeseed, soy and palm to shea and coconut. The company is also broadening its network of organic farmers to develop reliable organic supply chains customers can trust.