Vitamins for food fortification

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BTC Europe is BASF's European sales organization for small and medium sized customers. Our product range covers selected speciality chemicals and performance polymers to a variety of industries as well as raw materials and additives for the pharma, food, animal nutrition and personal care industry. 

Our solutions for the human nutrition industry cover health ingredients like vitamins, plant sterols, carotenoids, Omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid, besides others. As food additives we offer antioxidants, emulsifiers, whipping emulsifiers, baking enzymes, functional fat powders, and lipids.

BTC offers several forms of high quality vitamins grades tailored to your specific needs for food and beverage fortification. We can support you to find the best grade, which fits with the matrix of your food product.  

Vitamin A (Retinol)

The use of vitamin A supplements in the food industry is subject to controls due to the risk of overdose. Currently, it may only be used in certain product groups. Depending on the country, these product groups include food products for babies and small children, dietetic food products for weight loss, balanced diets, margarine, spreads, milk and dairy products.

Vitamin A provides protection for the entire ectoderm and benefits growth and functionality of the skin as well as the mucous membranes. Moreover, vitamin A has a positive effect on the immune system by increasing the formation of antibodies.
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Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

In food vitamin B1 can be used for fortification of various food products (e.g. flour, bread, breakfast cereals), dietetic products and baby food. Due to its powder form and its solubility in water it can also be added to beverages.

In its active form, vitamin B1 is a vital coenzyme for energy production. It helps the body’s cells to metabolize carbohydrates and to produce energy. Furthermore, it plays a role in muscle contraction and conduction of nerve signals and is an essential nutrient for neural functions.
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Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Riboflavin Fine Powder has been developed for the fortification of powder food products and staple food, such as flour. Because of its fine particle size, it is particularly suitable for use as colorant in powder food products or powders, which must be dissolved in water or milk prior to consumption.

Riboflavin High Flow 100 is recommended for the supplementation of various food and beverage products, such as multivitamin juices, baby food, and instant-drink powders. Riboflavin acts as a co-enzyme in a large number of oxidizing and reducing enzymes and thus plays a role in the transfer of hydrogen atoms during the energy generating oxidation processes within the cell, known as the respiratory chain.
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Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide)

Vitamin B3 is used to improve the nutritional value of various food products and beverages. Applications are for example: juices and sports nutrition. Vitamin B3 acts as the electron donor or acceptor in many biological redox reactions.
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Vitamin B5 (Calcium D-Pantothenat)

Vitamin B5 is used in a number of food products, e.g. for babies and small children, for athletes, low calorie foods, vitamin fortifies juices etc.

It is also used in beverages, such as fruit, vegetable and multivitamin juices as well as in energy drinks, isotonic beverages, instant drink powders, milk and dairy products.

Pantothenic acid is an essential component of coenzyme A as well as certain peptide coenzymes, in the form of which it is involved in various key reactions of the amino acid, fat and carbohydrate metabolisms. Pantothenic acid plays an important role for the growth and normal function of body tissue.
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Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Pyridoxine is used in a number of food products, e.g. for babies and small children, for athletes (sports nutrition), low calorie foods, vitamin fortified juices etc. It can also be used in beverages, such as fruit, vegetable and multivitamin juices as well as in energy drinks, isotonic beverages, instant drink powders, milk and dairy products.

In the form of the coenzymes pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PLP) and pyridoxamine phosphate (PMP), vitamin B6 plays a key role in the amino acid metabolism. As a coenzyme for the synthesis of biogenic amines it is required for the central nervous system (CNS).
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Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)

To prevent vitamin B12 deficiency, the product is added to a large number of food products, such as food for babies and small children, food products for athletes (sports nutrition), dietetic products, energy drinks, milk powder, multi-vitamin juices, drink powders, confectionary and breakfast cereals. The dry powder is especially suitable for use in powder food products, which are dissolved in water or milk prior to consumption. It can also be used in vitamin mixtures in the food ingredient industry. As it does not contain proteins, the product is particularly suitable for use in hypoallergenic food products.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is a collective term for compounds which have a cobalt atom in the centre of a porphyrin-type ring system, but different substituents. Vitamin B12 is responsible for degradation of certain fatty acids and amino acids. It plays an important role for the methyl group transfer in the synthesis of amino acids.
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Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

To prevent folate deficiency, folic acid is added to many food products, e.g. flour, bread, baked goods, dairy products and soft drinks. Besides this, folic acid is also added to iodized table salt. Especially women of childbearing age and pregnant women have an increased demand for folate.

Folate in general plays an important role in the synthesis of RNA and DNA and metabolizes amino acids which are required for cell division. Especially pregnant women have a higher demand for folates and should supplement with folic acid.
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Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)

The use of vitamin D supplements in the food industry is subject to controls due to the risk of overdose. Currently, it may only be used in certain product groups. Depending on the country, these product groups may include food products for babies and small children, dietetic food products for weight reduction, balanced diets, margarine, spreads, milk and dairy products.

Vitamin D is also known as the anti-rickets vitamin. In addition to the hormones calcitonin and parathyroid hormone, it is required for the calcium homeostasis regulation as well as the phosphate metabolism.
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Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

In the food industry vitamin E is used both as an antioxidant (E 307) in oxidation-sensitive fats, oils and fatty products and for the supplementation of food products, such as children`s food, dietetic products, milk powder, breakfast cereals, etc. Some grades are designed for the application in beverages, e.g. for the enrichment of soft drinks.

Vitamin E is important for normal immune system functions, gene expression and is positively influencing human health and disease prevention in general. In addition, vitamin E has antioxidant effects, which help to protect against cell damage and help to maintain cellular functions.
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Vitamin K1 (Phylloquinone)

Vitamin K1 may also be added to food products for babies and children, dietetic products, instant-drink powders, dried milk and vitamin mixtures for the food and ingredients industry. Dry vitamin K1 can also be used in multivitamin fruit juices and confectionary.

Vitamin K is vital for the development of bones and teeth. Furthermore, it plays a crucial role in blood clotting as it activates blood clotting factors. Vitamin K is essential for the synthesis of osteocalcin, which helps to incorporate calcium phosphate into the bones.
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