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Our expertise

1,500 scientists with an expertise in nutrition, physiology, immunology, neurology, microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry, food safety, sensory sciences... Our researchers are collaborating with worldwide recognized scientific partners.

product development
product development

Combining Science and Technology for optimal nutrition

The process of product development entails turning theoretical ideas into products. We focus on liquid formulas, including creams and smoothies, and powder formulas. Our knowledge about the physical properties, interactions and microbiological status of ingredients ensure the stability and the quality of our recipes. A multidisciplinary team of technologists, including sensory and consumer science and processing development experts, translate our concepts to end products.



Sensory & Consumer Science
Sensory & Consumer Science

Committed to a better consumer experience.

We aim to develop products that not only deliver the nutritional benefits our consumers need, but also offer a pleasant product experience. This includes packaging, information given to consumers and sensory experiences during product consumption, as well as effects after ingestion. Our sensory and consumer scientists use innovative methods to investigate our products, so we can better understand and predict consumer needs and preferences. The sensory and consumer research in our state of the art sensory facilities helps to identify which flavours, smells and formats deliver the highest consumer appreciation. Our research with consumers also provides insight into packaging optimisation.


Digestive health
Digestive health

Supporting digestive health

The development of the digestive system is not completed upon birth and the developmental stage of an infant determines what can be digested and how this occurs. Vice versa, nutrition has a major influence on the gastrointestinal tract and its development. Optimal nutrition therefore supports the healthy development of the digestive and metabolic system. Our gut is our biggest interface to the outside world, hosting 60-70% of our immune cells. A healthy adult gut is also home to the microbiota – a unique community of around 100 trillion bacteria. Collectively these bacteria can be considered as an organ, because they are vital for health. Gut bacteria are key players for digestion and for building immune tolerance, as they provide immunity in early life. Similarly, in adults and the elderly, an unbalanced microbiota is associated with various diseases such as irritable bowel disease, frailty, and metabolic syndrome. Interestingly, research increasingly links bacterial imbalance to disease risk.



The brain requires a large proportion of our total nutrient and energy intake for metabolism. Essential nutrients allow the brain to function day to day, as well as to develop and repair itself. This influences our mood and behaviour, and therefore also cognitive ability and mental performance.

The foundation for brain health can be laid very early in life. Preterm infants, for example, are at risk of developing impaired brain function in later life. It is clear that research into brain development, health and disease is needed to understand these challenges and to find future solutions.

Research into the brain is both complex and rewarding. The brain is a structure with about 100 billion interconnected cells. The brain controls a range of actions, including learning, speech and voluntary movements. However, brain diseases and dysfunction are common.

Nutricia Research has high-level expertise in various areas like neuroscience, lipid science, gut-immune-brain axis, ketogenesis and imaging. The last decade we have been studying the effects of a combination of nutrients on neurodegeneration, synaptogenesis and cognitive function using numerous techniques and methods. By putting our ‘brains’ together, we can leverage our knowledge in neuroscience. We aim to develop synergistic and unique nutritional concepts delivering breakthrough innovations. An example is the development of a product for the dietary management of mild Alzheimer’s disease.




Human milk research
Human milk research

Human milk research

Investigating the secret life of Human Milk

Human milk is the best source of nourishment for infants worldwide. Breastfeeding has numerous known benefits for infants and mothers, both short- and long-term. Our research strives to further investigate and support breastfeeding and to consider human milk as our inspiration to innovate.

Human milk contains valuable nutrients and components with health effects beyond nutrition. This is illustrated by the favourable nutritional value, absorption and metabolism, development of the gut and influence on the immune system.

We have been studying human milk for over forty years, and the human milk research group has built extensive scientific expertise on the benefits. We apply a high-end analytical and physiological infrastructure, together with renowned scientific experts. In addition, we share our expertise with health care professionals to support them in the education of infant and maternal nutrition.

We want to deepen our scientific understanding of factors influencing and being influenced by breastfeeding and human milk. Our track record includes major insights into human milk proteins, human milk oligosaccharides/prebiotics, beneficial bacteria, micronutrients and more recently the role of the complex fat architecture of human milk. This science aims to target global public health issues, to unravel the benefits of human milk, and to encourage breastfeeding.




Hydration science
Hydration science

We believe that drinking water is the healthiest way to hydrate.

Our mission is to raise public awareness of healthy hydration, and encourage sustainable healthy hydration habits, by sharing scientific research, educational materials and practical tools.

Nutritional advice typically focuses on food intake. Yet, the quantity and quality of the fluids we drink every day can have a significant impact on our well-being and long-term health. Therefore, one of our primary challenges is to communicate the fundamental need for healthcare policymakers and practitioners to proactively provide healthy hydration advice.