Working together
against hidden hunger

Millions of people suffer from malnutrition in the sense of hidden hunger. They lack important vitamins and minerals without knowing it because staple foods that are available to them often do not contain them. However, we also consume bread, baked goods, pasta and other flour-based foods every day. What could therefore be more natural than directly enriching our staple food – flour – with the micronutrients it lacks? And this can be a quick and easy way to make a small contribution to supplying additional nutrients such as iron, zinc, iodine and folic acid to large swathes of the population? Nothing! The fortification or enrichment of flour helps to prevent hidden hunger. Many governments are even making this mandatory. The WHO also recommends flour enrichment for important staple foods.

We have been supporting our customers in the milling industry in the technical implementation of flour fortification for many years. And in this context, also advising international charities, associations and non-governmental organisations.


Fortification facts
Nutritional value as added value

We have been working with our partners to combat hidden hunger for many years. For example, as part of the Smarter Futures project with the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the World Food Programme (WFP), to name but a few.

According to the FFI, 91 countries now require wheat flour to be fortified. The figure was a mere 38 countries in 2002. Ever more countries are turning to fortifying their staple foods. And we are helping them to achieve this. At the side of our partners and customers, the millers. With tailor-made, country-specific solutions for flour enrichment.

Micronutrient deficiencies can have serious consequences for our health. Possible consequences include delayed growth and brain development in children, impaired physical and mental performance, and increased susceptibility to infections. Millers therefore make an important contribution to maintaining the health of the population by enriching their flours.

Annette Büter, Technical Applications Manager Flour Fortification

For a world
without malnutrition

Improving flour and adding micronutrients to it is one thing. Staying on the ball and helping with global implementation directly in the mills is another. We do both. As a supplier of micronutrient premixes and dosing systems and as a technical consultant and partner also of NGOs. For example, the Smarter Futures project, which we have been involved in together with the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), the World Food Programme and the Nutrition International, IF Global Bühler and Nouryon programmes.

We offer a whole package of measures so that flour fortification can be easily and efficiently integrated into the mills’ daily routine. In addition to technical and technological support, knowledge transfer through seminars and workshops also plays an important role.

Leo Schulte-Vennbur, Product Manager Food Aid and Fortification

Minimum dosage,
maximum effect

During fortification, flour is enriched with the smallest amounts of vitamins and minerals. Usually in a dosage of 200 to 600 grams per tonne of flour! This minimal dosage also guarantees that taste, colour and baking properties remain unchanged.

We are one of the market leaders in the production of premixes for flour fortification. We now supply our ELCOvit brand to more than 80 countries.

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