Specialized Nutrition

Specialized Nutrition

The Specialized Nutrition division delivered broad-based profitable sales growth(1) of 5.9%, building on the strong performance of Advanced Medical Nutrition in pediatric and adult care and of Early Life Nutrition, with a strong contribution from China.

The Specialized Nutrition division delivered broad-based profitable sales growth(1) of 5.9%, building on the strong performance of Advanced Medical Nutrition in pediatric and adult care and of Early Life Nutrition, with a strong contribution from China.

Leveraging research and expertise, we strengthened our portfolio with innovations in high-growth categories: formula, organic baby food, and specialized medical nutrition for health challenges such as allergy and other targeted therapeutic areas.

 

Advanced Medical Nutrition delivered consistent and strong sales growth across key markets, driven by a series of patientcentric innovations, increasing awareness of the value of medical nutrition for patient care and recovery.

 

In Early Life Nutrition, we continued to strengthen our offer, expanding our reach with leading e-commerce players for formula and organic baby food, as well as developing our own brand platforms to support parents with tailored advice and direct-to-consumer ordering.

Position
#1 europe

in Advanced Medical Nutrition

Position
#2 worldwide

in Early Life Nutrition

€7.1 billion

total sales

+5.9%

sales growth(1)

+139 bps

recurring operating margin expansion

Véronique Penchienati-Bosetta

Executive Vice President,

Specialized Nutrition

"Through our science-based nutrition solutions, we support families and caregivers to make confident, healthy eating choices for their loved ones and patients at critical moments throughout life. "

INNOVATIONS

IMMUNITY

Drawing on 40 years of research in early life nutrition, we launched our patented next generation growing up milk, Aptamil Pronutra Advance. It is specifically tailored to support the immune system of toddlers(2) .

ALLERGY

Research estimates that up to 50% of the E.U. population will be affected by allergies by 2025 (3). Aptamil Pepti Syneo is one of Nutricia’s formulas specially designed for the dietary management of infants with mild to moderate cow’s milk protein allergy. Its patented Syneo combination of preand probiotics helps to manage the allergy while also supporting normal growth and development.

ORGANIC

In 2018, we extended our Happy Family organic range to give parents delicious and more natural options for their babies’ diet. Happy Family became the second largest baby food brand in the U.S.

PATIENT-CENTRIC

Cancer patients often experience sensory changes in taste and smell(4). By co-working with them and with healthcare professionals, we created three new flavors for Fortimel Compact Protein. These will help ensure a pleasurable food experience and support treatment outcomes for patients across 12 countries.

LOCAL

In France, we launched Les Récoltes Bio, a new organic range of fruit and vegetable baby food from Blédina. We are supporting farmers to convert to organic production to increase the availability of fresh, local ingredients.

(1) like-for-like New Danone. (2) Furness J, Kunze W, Clerc N. “Nutrient tasting and signaling mechanisms in the gut. II. The intestine as a sensory organ: neural, endocrine, and immune responses.” Am J Physiol. 1999;277(5 Pt 1):G922–8. Vighi G et al. “Allergy and the gastrointestinal system”. Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 153 (Suppl. 1): 3–6. (3) European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2016. (4) Spotten LE, Corish CA, Lorton CM, et al. Ann Oncol. 2017;28(5):969–984.