Ingredients for the world of tomorrow
As of October 31, 2011, the world population is officially 7 billion. This is an almost unbelievable number and it continues to grow, rendering nutrition and the provision of important resources a real global challenge. However, it also offers numerous other applications with significant added value for the customer.
Phosphate is indispensable in agriculture. Most of the world's production of phosphate goes into fertilizers. However, resources are limited. Experts assume that the natural resources available for the production of fertilizers will be exhausted before those of oil. Thus, in view of the enormous population growth in many parts of the earth, alternatives will have to be found. Animal materials, gained by GELITA in the course of collagen protein manufacture, represent an ideal source of phosphate for fertilizers. These are even more valuable because, unlike naturally occurring phosphates that are often contaminated with heavy metals, these can be produced in extremely pure form.
Protecting natural resources
FPM Ingredients also contributes to solving the overall problem of nutrition of the increasing world population and to protecting natural resources. The high-quality proteins produced by GELITA could well very soon also be used in aquaculture, a science that is gaining in importance due to the problems caused by overfishing. This could conceivably reduce the pressure now being placed on the decimated fish population. In the area of pet foods, increasing turnover is being achieved today. One of the reasons is that, due to worldwide demographic change, the number of elderly persons is increasing – and they often acquire pets for company. Those senior citizens who live alone are particularly prone to this trend and often pamper their pets with high-quality, protein-rich food. The fats produced by GELITA are now being increasingly used for the production of bio-fuels. In this way, they represent an alternative to the gradually dwindling sources of oil reserves throughout the world.
Wide range of applications
Industry requires the fats, proteins and minerals produced by GELITA for the manufacture and further processing of a variety of products. The main areas of application for the products produced by FPM Ingredients are human food, pet food and animal feed. The fats for example serve as providers of energy. Proteins can improve the texture and hence the enjoyability and digestibility of foodstuffs and animal feed. Further applications are in technical areas: ingredients from GELITA are used e.g. in the manufacture of bone china, construction molds, lubricants for machines and anti-rust agents.
The fats, proteins and minerals produced by GELITA are characterized by a higher quality than those of competitors. The raw materials used by FPM Ingredients, subsequent to gelatine and collagen production, are chopped, dissolved, purified and filtered in complex processes. They are therefore available in a highly pure form – depending on requirement up to the highest purity standard necessary for foodstuffs. GELITA customizes the ingredients in terms of composition, form, economics and quality individually with its customers according to the requirements of the end product and production process - including service
GELITA also provides for FPM Ingredients the same comprehensive and valued service for its customers throughout the world as it does for its gelatine and collagen products. This includes reliable just-in-time delivery, comprehensive support during product development, in regulatory affairs and subsequent marketing. This full service with respect to the total added value chain is intended to support GELITA customers in opening up new markets and giving them a competitive edge.
To enable FPM Ingredients to find new, future-oriented fields of application, GELITA is currently working on expanding the product portfolio for ultimate use in its current and envisaged markets. New brands are also being prepared; this will send strong signals to the market that FPM Ingredients is marketing high-quality and advanced products originating from GELITA.
Global Vice President FPM Ingredients
Tel: +46 (0) 435 26520
lars [dot] andersson [at] gelita [dot] com
Dr. Dieter Schulz
Telephone: +49 (0) 62 71 84-2500
dieter [dot] schulz [at] gelita [dot] com