DSM Integrated Annual Report 2021

Our focus in Food & Beverages

In Food & Beverage, we address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2 (Zero Hunger), 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production). The food & beverage market is subject to rapid change, driven by evolving consumer needs and expectations regarding delicious, nutritious and sustainable food choices. The challenge for our customers, the food & beverage producers, is to anticipate these changes and respond by developing and delivering on-trend, differentiating products faster than their competitors. Our customers are therefore seeking:

  • products that deliver specific taste and texture attributes
  • products that deliver improved nutritional value and the associated health benefits
  • approaches that deliver more resource-efficient and sustainable food production

In this market, we are well positioned to offer sustainable solutions that address taste, texture and health in an integrated way, with our unique and extensive portfolio of global products (comprising dairy cultures as well as enzymes for applications across dairy, baking and beverages; coatings and preservation systems; yeast extracts, process flavors and texturizing hydrocolloids; and vitamins, minerals and nutritional lipids) and our deep application expertise in our core end-market segments, based on our extensive biotechnological competences.

To strengthen this proposition in Food & Beverage, we will continue to deepen our integrated application know-how, broaden our global product portfolio, combine ingredient and application innovation, and maximize opportunities for inorganic growth.

An example of our ingredient and application innovation is CanolaPRO®, a sustainable plant-based protein source based on rapeseed. This innovation was reinforced in 2021 by our acquisition of Vestkorn Milling, a leading European producer of pea- and bean-derived ingredients for plant-based protein products. This represents a new building-block in our portfolio of solutions for meat and dairy alternatives.

Another example of product innovation is Avansya, our 50/50 partnership with Cargill to bring our great-tasting, zero-calorie, cost-effective, non-artificial sweetener EVERSWEET™ to market at scale.