Our Nutrition cluster comprises DSM Nutritional Products and DSM Food Specialties. This cluster provides solutions for animal feed, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, early life nutrition, nutrition improvement, dietary supplements and personal care. Our company is positioned in all steps of the feed and food value chains: the production of pure active ingredients, their incorporation into sophisticated forms and the provision of tailored premixes and forward solutions. Our unique portfolio of products and services is global and highly diversified, serving customers and other stakeholders locally across various end-markets around the world.
In Nutrition, we benefited from a temporary vitamin effect caused by an exceptional supply disruption in the industry. Adjusted for the total estimated temporary vitamin effect of €415 million (mainly in Animal Nutrition & Health), our underlying organic growth was up 7% compared to 2017, with €5,722 million sales. Volumes were up 4% from the previous year and above-market growth. The price growth of 3% was partly offset by a negative foreign currency impact. Conditions were good across most regions and market segments in 2018. The Adjusted EBITDA from underlying business was up 6% from 2017, to €1,117 million. The Adjusted EBITDA margin from underlying business was 19.5%, versus 18.9% over 2017.
Total Nutrition sales increased by 10%, to €6,137 million (compared to €5,579 million in 2017), including a total estimated €415 million temporary vitamin effect. The total Adjusted EBITDA was up 34% to €1,407 million, benefiting from a total estimated €290 million temporary vitamin effect.
Over the strategic period, Nutrition continued to deliver on its aspired above-market growth ambition and further leveraged our unique global products & local solutions business model, supported by marketing and sales excellence and customer-led innovation.
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Animal Nutrition & Health
Animal Nutrition & Health serves the global feed industry with innovative and sustainable nutritional solutions. A pioneer since the earliest days of feed additives, we draw on the latest science to provide a unique portfolio that runs from vitamins through carotenoids to cutting-edge eubiotics and feed enzymes. Population growth and rising incomes are driving demand for animal protein. Our products help producers of animal feed and meat, including farmers, to raise animals more efficiently and sustainably.
Human Nutrition & Health
Human Nutrition & Health provides solutions for the food & beverage, dietary supplements, early life nutrition, medical nutrition, nutrition improvement and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) markets. We serve these industries with vitamins, nutritional lipids, carotenoids, nutraceuticals and custom nutrient premixes. i-Health — a global consumer health and wellness company and subsidiary of DSM — develops, markets and distributes branded products that support health and wellness. Core categories include probiotics, healthy aging, and urinary health.
Personal Care & Aroma Ingredients
Personal Care & Aroma Ingredients offers solutions for customers in the personal care, home care and fine fragrance markets. Our extensive portfolio includes aroma ingredients, vitamins and natural bio-actives, as well as UV filters, peptides and polymers. Our solutions support the health and beauty needs of an aging population with various skin and hair types around the world, and address increasing concerns around global public health issues such as air pollution and skin cancer.
DSM Food Specialties
DSM Food Specialties is a leading global supplier of specialty food enzymes, cultures, probiotics, bio-preservation solutions, hydrocolloids, savory ingredients, and solutions for sugar reduction. Our ingredients and solutions are widely used to create a broad range of food products, from grocery favorites like yogurt, cheese and soups to specialized products including gluten-free bread and beer, meat substitutes, lactose-free milk, and sugar-reduced beverages.