Health claim in Thailand for bifidogenic effect chicory root fiber

The Thai FDA approved a health claim for the effect of Sensus’ chicory root fiber to increase bifidobacteria in the intestine. The application with supporting scientific evidence was provided by Sensus in cooperation with its Business Partner DKSH Thailand.


Sensus produces the innovative ingredients chicory inulin and chicory oligofructose which are dietary fibers that besides being effective fat and sugar replacers, contribute to a healthy intestinal microbiome. Notably they significantly increase the beneficial microbes bifidobacteria in the intestinal tract which underlies their prebiotic effects such as digestive health.

This new health claim based on chicory root fiber may be formulated on the packaging according to the Thai FDA guideline: Inulin / Fructo-oligosaccharide / Oligofructose / Short-chain inulin from chicory helps to increase bifidobacteria in the intestine. “As there are only a few health claims approved in Thailand we are extremely pleased with the approval of the health claim for Sensus chicory root fiber,” Songsin Sungkhawaetai, General Manager Food & Beverage at DKSH Thailand.

The health claim applies exclusively to Sensus Frutafit® inulin and Frutalose® fructo-oligosaccharides from chicory roots for various applications, including dairy, soy-based products, breakfast cereal, beverages without caffeine, food supplements, amongst others. The exclusivity of the claim supports the ingredient declaration as Frutafit® inulin and Frutalose® fructo-oligosaccharides on the product labelling and all advertising materials.

“This valuable cooperation between Sensus and DKSH Thailand to realise this new health claim will be an asset for food manufacturers to contribute to consumer health in Thailand,” advises Paul Vennik, Director Marketing and Sales at Sensus. “These naturally sourced chicory inulin and oligofructose dietary fibers are extremely suitable for application in dietary products that can contribute to consumers health.”

For more information about the Thai health claim and using chicory root fiber to produce healthy and tasty food products, feel free to contact our Science & Regulatory Affairs department (+31 165582500; 

Gold rating for overall sustainability

For the second year in a row Ecovadis has awarded Sensus with a Gold rating for overall Corporate Social Responsibility. Sensus belongs to the top 3 of companies with a Gold status in this industry.


This rating reflects our commitments to achieve high CSR standards in the following categories: Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable procurement.

As manufacturer of the healthy food ingredient inulin by processing the agricultural raw material chicory, sustainability is core for Sensus. In the interest of our stakeholders we ensure the continuity of our company by making care for people and planet an integral part of our overall policy. Together with our partners we work on environmental and agricultural sustainability.

Excellence award in Consistent TPM commitment

Both factories of Sensus (Roosendaal and Zwolle) are awarded for their Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program.

TPM is a worldwide applied continuous improvement system within the industry which is assessed and awarded by the Japanese Institute for Plant Maintenance. The system contributes to improving safety, secure and reliable production and maintenance activities, as well as stabilizing and improving quality.


“We keep track on continuous improvement with TPM as our compass. Together we move towards common objectives and TPM helps us to connect people and keep focus,” says Mark Huysman, Manager Operations at Sensus. “Multi-disciplinary teams are working on effective changes on Safety, Quality and Productivity. People feel more responsible, take ownership and are proud of achievements made. They are more aware of their personal impact on overall Sensus results.”

Food products for food support organization

In the Christmas spirit the colleagues of Sensus Roosendaal have collected food products for the regional non-profit food support organization (Voedselbank Goed Ontmoet). Together we filled more than 10 boxes/bags with food and hygiene products. Last Friday we brought all products to the food support organization, where our CEO Iwan Blankers handed over the products. This regional organization, part of a national organization, provides 450 families per week, a total of 1200 people, with a food box. We wish all these families a joyful Christmas!

Team Sensus at FIE 2019

Good mental health is as important to our overall well-being and health as any physical condition. Research has been showing that lifestyle, especially diet and exercise, is a key approach to prevent and manage mental health. 

The gut microbiota has been subject of research indicating that increased dietary fiber can influence mood and behavior by changing the composition of these bacteria and producing SCFAs. Sensus chicory inulin is a dietary fiber, which can stimulate the growth of bifidobacteria and SCFA production in the human gut and is thus a viable approach to influence mental health.

Chicory inulin is the ingredient that inspires us at Sensus. We will be present at the Food Ingredients Europe in Paris (FR), December 3-5, 2019. Visit our booth #6E110 to share ideas about chicory root fiber, microbiome modulation and sugar reduced, clean label solutions. Come and try our incredibly tasty sugar reduced stroopwaffles!


At FIE 2019 Sensus will provide a 25-minute seminar about the plant-based prebiotic chicory root fiber and microbiome modulation. Join us!

Date: Tuesday December 3rd
Time: 15h05  - 15h30
Location: Supplier Solution Theatre


Sensus at Food Matters Live 2019

November 19th and 20th Sensus will be present at the Food Matters Live in London, UK. Visit us at Brenntag UK & Ireland booth #E20 and let us inspire you with chicory root fiber solutions.

Dr. Elaine Vaughan, Leader Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, will give a 25 minute seminar 'Chicory root fiber inspires innovation to target globesity' on November 19th at 16h05 (Gallery room 7).

Clean Label Conference 2019

Sensus will be present at the 2019 Clean Label Conference (March 26-27). During this event the industry’s technical product development summit provides practical technical advice to R&D professionals and applied food scientists striving to create simplified ingredient labels. Besides technical advice, information is shared on consumer attitudes, product trends and regulatory considerations. Meet the Sensus team and find out more about our verified natural chicory root fiber products.

Sensus at FIC Shanghai 2019

Consumer interest in healthier foods in the Asia Pacific region continues to strengthen. Sensus will be present at the Food Ingredients China in Shanghai (March 18-20, 2019). Get to know more about the tasty solutions with verified natural chicory root fiber. Visit the Sensus team at Hall 6.1 Stand Q20.

Gold reward for Corporate Social Responsibility

Ecovadis has awarded Sensus with a gold recognition level for their Corporate Social Responsibility. Sensus therefore belongs to the top 5% performers evaluated by Ecovadis!


As manufacturer of the healthy food ingredient inulin by processing the agricultural raw material chicory, sustainability is core for Sensus. In the interest of our stakeholders we ensure the continuity of our company by making care for people and planet  an integral part of our overall policy. Together with our partners we work on environmental and agricultural sustainability.

“We at Sensus are very proud to have achieved the Ecovadis Gold status. This is a true reflection of our ongoing efforts on sustainability and social responsibility”, commented Iwan Blankers, CEO at Sensus.

During the assessment the quality of our Corporate Social Responsibility policies, activities and results have been assessed. The assessment focuses on themes as Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement.

First dietary fiber verified natural according to ISO

Major chicory root processor Sensus announced that their full range of chicory inulin and oligofructose products qualifies as natural according to the new ISO 19657:2017 standard. About a year after ISO set a new standard for food ingredients to be called ‘natural’, chicory root fiber is the first dietary fiber to achieve this verification.


The root of the chicory plant is the natural source of the inulin and oligofructose ingredients that Sensus produces. “We are extremely pleased that we can now really call our chicory inulin natural according to the very latest and strict ISO standard”, explains Sensus Scientific and Regular Affairs Leader, Dr. Elaine Vaughan. “There are many fibers available in the market and this qualification distinguishes chicory inulin from fibers that you cannot find in nature”.

‘Occurring in nature’ is exactly the focus of ISO when determining the ‘naturalness’ of an ingredient. Inulin has been part of our daily diet historically and there are over 36,000 plants in the world that contain inulin fiber, like banana, wheat and garlic. The inulin is extracted with hot water from chicory roots, which contain a high level of inulin. The inulin fiber delivered to the customer is the same as you can find it within the chicory root.

To become verified as natural, an ingredient must occur in nature. For this reason, not many other dietary fibers will qualify for this verification, simply because they do not occur in nature. Although some producers will claim that their fibers are from ‘natural origin’, you will not find these fibers in nature. Chicory root fiber is today the only dietary fiber that is verified as natural according to ISO.

After the recent FDA approval of dietary fiber status of chicory inulin and oligofructose in the new food labelling regulations, this standard will help our customers to make the right choices, using the right dietary fiber when they want to use only authentic and natural ingredients in their products. It is another step forward in going back to nature!

Watch the video about the natural origin of our inulin.

For more information about the natural verification and using chicory root fiber to produce healthy and tasty food products, feel free to contact our Product Manager Mrs. Anne Marie Bastiaansen (+31 165582500,

FDA confirms dietary fiber status of inulin

Sensus, manufacturer of Frutafit® and Frutalose® chicory root fibers, welcomes the announcement that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes inulin-type fructans derived from chicory root as dietary fiber for the new nutrition facts label. The recognition consolidates the fiber status of chicory root fiber in the US and supports further opportunities for healthy food applications in the US.


The announcement follows a joint citizen petition requesting the addition of chicory root fiber to the list of dietary fibers accepted in the US as well as a comprehensive response to the FDAs scientific review of inulin-type-fructans and data request. In 2015, the FDA issued new Nutrition Facts labeling regulations for food and supplements to be implemented by January 1st, 2020. In the new regulation, dietary fibers are defined as naturally occurring fibers that are intrinsic and intact in plants, or as isolated or synthetic fibers that have demonstrated a beneficial physiological effect.

Carl Volz, President Sensus America, states: “inulin/oligofructose has been clearly shown to support physiological health benefits as assessed by the FDA’s strict criteria”. He adds: “The FDA’s inclusion of chicory root fiber as a dietary fiber in its new food labeling regulations allows our customers to continue marketing their products as sources of dietary fiber and to continue to use chicory root fiber as a tool to reduce calories and added sugar.”

For more information, contact Carl Volz, President Sensus America, at

Launch of the CHIC project

Chicory as a multipurpose crop for dietary fibre and medicinal terpenes

CHIC is a research and innovation project supported through the EU Horizon 2020 funding programme.

The €7.3 million project supports the establishment of a responsible innovation pathway for the development and application of New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) for chicory as a multipurpose crop for the production of high value consumer products, in line with societal needs and concerns.

The consortium includes SMEs, an industrial partner, non-profit organizations and
research institutes from 11 European countries and one from New Zealand.


Root chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) is an under-utilized crop. It is currently used for the commercial production of inulin, which is added to many food products as a dietary fibre and sweetener.  

The CHIC project aims to develop chicory varieties that can be used to produce dietary fibre with enhanced prebiotic effects to promote gut health. At the same time, given its biosynthetic capacity, high yields and low agronomic requirements, chicory has significant potential as a versatile production host in molecular farming for the production of many additional health-related products with benefits for consumers. CHIC also aims to harness this potential to cultivate chicory for the extraction of other types of health-related compounds (terpenes) as potential lead molecules for drug development. 

To achieve this, new chicory varieties must be developed. However, chicory breeding is currently exceptionally time-consuming. Since it is an obligatory outcrossing species, no true varieties can be obtained, and germplasm is maintained by in vitro propagation.  

Therefore, chicory is a highly relevant case where new plant breeding technologies (considered in the NPBT set)1 can make a real difference.  

Some EU member states and stakeholder groups are increasingly concerned about the impact of these technologies on the safety of its daily food and the integrity of the environment. Moreover, a clear EU regulation or policy on new plant breeding technologies is still pending. This has led to a situation where the industry is hesitant to adopt novel developments, and potentially beneficial innovations do not reach consumers.  

1  and  

CHIC explores the interactions between technological potential and societal acceptance of modern plant breeding 

By developing and implementing a set of new plant breeding technologies, CHIC will adapt the biosynthesis and architecture of root chicory. This will strengthen chicory as a production system for high-quality dietary fibres and establish it as source of bioactive terpenes.

The consortium will evaluate the technological performance of these new plant breeding technologies, as well as the safety, environmental, regulatory, socio-economic and broader societal issues associated with them.   

CHIC will strive to ensure responsible innovation and to raise public awareness by involving stakeholders and considering their needs and concerns in all phases of the project. 


The CHIC consortium consists of 17 participants from 11 European countries and one international participant:  

Research institutes
Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University and Wageningen Research
-Project Coordinator-
Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille
Leibniz - Institut fur Pflanzenbiochemie
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited
(New Zealand)
 Fondazione Edmund Mach
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
Institut za Biološka istraživanja “Siniša Stanković0
Julius Kühn-Institut
Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen
Graz University of Technology
Joanneum Research
Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica
Large industry

Sensus b.v.

Other private and public non-profit organizations
Fundacja: Art & Science Synergy Foundation
European Plant Science Organization

Programme: H2020, Call BIOTEC07-2017 New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBT) in molecular farming: Multipurpose crops for industrial bioproducts 
Project full name: Chicory as a multipurpose crop for dietary fibre and medicinal terpenes
Acronym: CHIC 
Duration: 54 months 
Total budget: € 7.3 million 
Consortium: 17 participants from 11 European countries and one from New Zealand. Participants represent hree SMEs and one large industrial partner, 11 academic participants and two non-profit organizations 
CHIC project coordinator: Dirk Bosch
CHIC dissemination and communications manager: Macarena Sanz

Video interview at FIE 2017 in Frankfurt

The Food Ingredients Europe was held from 28-30 November 2017 in Frankfurt. Sensus was there to share ideas about the possibilities with cichory root fiber as sugar replacer. Visitors could taste a sugar reduced and calorie reduced ice cream with cichory root fiber.

Michiel Pronk, Technical Manager at Sensus, gave a presentation about tasty, sugar reduced products with chicory root fiber.

Missed us at FIE? Check the video

AACCI Annual Meeting 8-11 October 2017, USA

The AACC is an Annual congress of the American Cereal Chemists and will be held in San Diego, California from 8-11 October, 2017. Sensus was present and Connie Lin, Technical Manager at Sensus, gave a presentation about using chicory root fiber to reformulate tasty biscuits with less added sugars.


The AACCI is the place to learn, collaborate, and innovate with the best and the brightest in the grain-based foods industry! This targeted event draws a world-wide audience of more than 1,100 from industry, academia, and government each year. Click here for more information

Sensus at Flavorcon (USA) 24-26 October

Sensus America was present at Flavorcon, Rosemont (Illinois), October 24-26, 2017. Sensus presented the new healthy ingredient Betawell® from beet rootThis beet root extract can be labaled as natural an strengthens your flavor.


Flavorcon 2017 is a global, interactive conference designed for scientists, flavorists, product developers and consumer packaging goods companies in the flavor creation and food & beverage industries.

non-GMO verified certification for inulin

Frutafit® and Frutalose® products have been Non-GMO Project Verified in the United States. Recognizing the company’s ongoing commitment to clean and careful practices across the whole product supply chain. Sensus offers the broadest range of Non-GMO chicory root fiber powders and syrups.


“Consumer demand for non-GMO foods is on the rise and creating products that are in line with this trend is increasingly key to success for today’s producers. By enabling our customers to use a trusted and recognizable seal on pack, we can help them to provide consumers with greater transparency on ingredient sourcing and ultimately facilitate more non-GMO choices,” said Carl Volz, President - America, Sensus.

In total, ten Frutafit® and Frutalose® products have been approved as non-GMO in the United States. Frutafit® inulin and Frutalose® oligofructose are prebiotic, soluble dietary fibers that offer several nutritional and functional properties, including highly researched benefits for digestive wellness and weight management. Unlike alternative fiber sources such as corn, chicory root is a clean label solution, offering extra appeal for manufacturers looking to expand their portfolio using ingredients from a natural source.

 Volz continues: “The Non-GMO Project verification provides external recognition of the rigorous standards that we already have in place at Sensus, as we look at ways in which we can continuously improve to deliver the highest quality ingredients. As a leading chicory root fiber manufacturer, we’re delighted to be leading the way in making more non-GMO products available in this category.”

For more information about the non GMO project verification click here.

Sensus was at FiA Bangkok, 13-15 September 2017

From 13- 15 September 2017 the Food Ingredients Asia was held in Bangkok- Thailand. Fi Asia brings together leading international and domestic food and beverage professionals from all over the world. Over 17,000 visitors are expected in 2016, making Fi Asia the region's most prominent food and beverage event.

Sensus participated (together with DKSH) to share ideas about sugar reduction and digestive health.


Winner of Customer Service Award

Integron awards recognize Sensus’ commitment to customer service. On Tuesday 16 May 2017, the company was crowned “best performing organization” in the trade and industry category of the Integron Customer Service Awards. The accolade, which also won in 2014, demonstrates the efforts Sensus makes to ensure its service to customers is on a par with its exemplary product quality.


Sensus’s customers and distributors in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific were invited to take part in Integron’s research in 2016, and rate the company in areas such as account management, technical sales support, information supply and value for money.

Analysis of respondents’ feedback resulted in an overall satisfaction score of 8.7 out of 10 – an improvement on the company’s rating of 8.5 two years ago and the top score within the trade and industry category. Areas of particular note were Sensus’s customer focus, product knowledge and the professionalism and enthusiasm of its staff.

Jolanda Vermulst, Manager Market Intelligence at Sensus, commented,

“The whole team is extremely proud of this achievement, especially because we have now won the award twice in succession. But this success isn’t an excuse to sit back. Our customers and distributors have told us where they feel we can improve our service: we’ve taken those comments on board and are already working on plans to enhance customer experience further in the future. We know the service we provide is just as important as the physical products, and continue to prioritize and evaluate this aspect of our business.”

Inulin to improve infant health

Good nutrition in the first 1000 days between a mother’s pregnancy and the child’s second birthday sets the foundation for the rest of a child’s life.

A panel of international nutrition experts reviewed knowledge on inulin in the first 1000 days of life and the pregnant mother. The specialist workshop, held in Jakarta, especially gave attention to needs of young children in the Asian region, and provides valuable recommendations for future research to improve health using prebiotics. Click here to read more and download the leaflet.

European regulatory update in nutritional labelling

As per 13 December 2016 the EU regulation 1169/2011 on food information to consumers will change. Chicory root fibers like Frutafit® inulin and Frutalose® oligofructose will be labelled under fiber and no longer under carbohydrates.

Definitions of carbohydrates and fiber will change for labelling purposes. For more information click here here for the Sensus Regulatory Update.

Sensus co-petition FDA for fiber status

We have submitted a joint citizen petition to urge the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include chicory root fiber in its new ‘dietary fiber’ label in foods.

Click here for the Sensus FDA Regulatory update on Citizen’s Petition process


In 2016 the FDA published changes to the US Nutrition Facts labeling regulations that apply right across the food and supplement sectors. New rules, which will take effect as from July 2018, include a new definition for dietary fiber as naturally occurring fibers that are intrinsic and intact in plants, or as isolated or synthetic fibers that have demonstrated a beneficial physiological effect.

Until now, FDA has evaluated certain ingredients and awarded dietary fiber status to just a few, but chicory root fiber is still under review. The citizen’s petition submitted by Sensus requests the addition of chicory root fiber to the list of dietary fiber accepted in the US on the basis of a wealth of data showing the beneficial physiological effects of this naturally-sourced ingredient.

In Europe, scientific evidence jointly submitted to the EU’s European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) by Sensus and other chicory root fiber manufacturers prompted approval of an EU health claim for chicory root fiber in July 2016. The citizen petition to the FDA aims to support the authority in its mammoth task of assessing the dietary fiber status of a wider range of ingredients, speed the process of classification, and help manufacturers who use, or would like to use chicory root fiber in their food and beverage products.

Click here to read more about sugar reduction in the USA and download the leaflet

Sensus was at IFT 2017 in Las Vegas

Sensus America was at the IFT trade show in Las Vegas in the USA, June 25-28, 2017.

Click here for the IFT website and registration


What's new?

  • Chicory root fiber ingredients do not contribute added sugar. Frutalose SF75® and Frutalose SFP® are easy to use as a replacement of sugar or sweeteners.
  • Sensus America has entered into an agreement to market organic inulin, sourced from agave. Frutafit® OAI allows manufacturers to increase the level of dietary fiber in their products without affecting taste and texture. The product is easy to formulate and is suitable for use in a wide variety of applications. Frutafit® OAI is certified USDA organic and will help meet demand in the growing organic market.
  • Sensus will present the new healthy ingredient Betawell® from beet rootThis beet root extract is a natural glycemic index reducer that gives sustained energy.
  • Visitors tried our sugar reduced concepts at our booth:
    • Energy Drink
    • Cookies
    • Granola cluster
    • Chocolate milk
    • Sea salt caramels, chocolate bars, gummy bears, caramel and strawberry filling.

Sensus at FIC in Shanghai 2017

Sensus was present at the FIC in Shanghai, 24-26 March 2017. The Food Ingredients China is the largest and most authoritative international show on food additives & ingredients industry in Asia. The event attracts visitors from around the world. Sensus will be there with a booth to inspire customers with inulin. Read more on the FIC website.

It's official: EU health claim Glycemic Response

June 2016 - A new EU regulation on health claims for non-digestible carbohydrates in improving Glycemic Response has now been made official. The new legislation was passed by the EU Commission on May 30th 2016. Scientific evidence submitted to the EFSA prompted the change in regulation. Read more

Presentation sweetness with Stevia in Lausanne

Sensus gave a presentation at the 4th International Conference on Food Oral Processing in Lausanne, Switzerland. Matthew de Roode, Sensus Innovation Manager delivered insights in the trade offs with the 'Sensus Sweetness Tool'.

A massive introduction of stevia as the “new-kid-on-the-block” as a natural high intensity sweetener is still hindered by the off taste of stevia. Chicory root fiber is successfully tested on their taste modulation performance of high intensive sweeteners in general and stevia in particular. With the 'Sensus Sweetness Tool' we enable our customers to get insight in their trade-offs when reducing sugar. For more information do not hesitate to contact us.

Great show FIE 2015 in Paris

The Food Ingredients Europe was held 1-3 December 2015 in Paris. It was a great opportunity to taste a sugar reduced and calorie reduced ice cream. Furthermore Michiel Pronk, technical sales manager at Sensus, gave a presentation about tasty, sugar reduced products with inulin. Missed the presentation or for other questions, please contact


Presentation at the Dietary Fibre Conference 1-3 June 2015

The 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference took place in Paris from 1-3 June 2015. Sensus presented a poster with the title “The interaction of dietary fibres with the immune system as measured in vitro: the example of inulin” by D. Meyer, L. Vogt and P. de Vos.


The interaction of inulin with the immune system can take place at different levels and so far most attention has been given to the consequences of the changes in microbiota and its activity due to inulin consumption. Fermentation products, like short chain fatty acids, may interact with G protein coupled receptors which affects the production of cytokines, bifidobacteria may produce bacteriocins and other products inhibiting growth of potential pathogens, all leading to an improved performance of the immune system. This may for instance lead to a lowered risk for travellers’ diarrhoea with oligofructose consumption. Direct interaction of inulin with the immune system has been suggested, but so far data are limited. This prompted us to carry out in vitro studies with human peripheral mononuclear cells to gain more insight in these potential direct effects. These studies showed that such direct interaction can take place, which receptors are involved, what the consequences are for the production of important pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines and moreover, how the chain length of the inulins influences these effects. With another in vitro system we could show that the barrier function of human intestinal cells can be protected by the activation of the same receptors by inulin.

These data suggest that also direct interaction of inulin with the human immune system could lead to immune modulation with potentially beneficial effects for the host. Final evidence for this requires additional trials with human volunteers.


Sensus was at Prosweets 2015 and participated in a speaking session about natural ingredients

From 1-4 February 2015 Prosweets was held in Cologne, Germany. For the first time, Sensus was present at this international fair for the confectionery industry.


Besides giving visitors information about inulin, Sensus participated in a speaking session about natural ingredients. Knowledge was given about sugar substitution in a natural way. It was a great success. Visitors tasted some of our sugar-reduced applications to get inspired by the possibilities of inulin. 

The Netherlands

Visitors HIE 2014 love the great taste of inulin sugar- and calorie-reduced ice cream

The Health Ingredients Europe was held December 2-4 2014 in Amsterdam. Sensus was present with a booth.  This was a great opportunity for a sensory test on sugar-reduced ice cream (with inulin) and calorie-reduced ice cream (with inulin and stevia).  


An overwhelming amount of 391 visitors participated in our sensory test. Two ice creams were presented for tasting and a preference was asked. Both ice creams were found equally good by our visitors. In follow-up questions our spontaneous sensory panel was asked to guess if they tasted a standard ice cream, a sugar-reduced ice cream, a fat-reduced ice cream, a sugar- and fat-reduced ice cream, or something else. In addition, our visitor panel was given the opportunity to note down spontaneous remarks.

A significant number of over 35% of the people rated both the sugar-reduced as the calorie-reduced ice creams as a standard ice cream. This shows that the taste of both ice creams was as good as a full sugar ice cream. In many cases, remarks of disbelief were noted when the true identity of both ice creams was revealed. Moreover, in less than 3% of the cases remarks were made about after-tastes that are normally associated with products that contain stevia.

With these results, Sensus demonstrates that with inulin sugar- or calorie-reduced ice-creams that taste great are possible.

The Netherlands

Sensus boosts its commitment to human health

In October 2014, senior scientist Elaine Vaughan joined the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs department of Sensus, building on previous pioneering research on inulin applied to human health. 


Elaine has extensive experience and knowledge from both academic and industry settings with prebiotics, including experiments with inulin, probiotics and other food ingredients that impact our health via our intestinal microbiota. She has in-depth understanding on molecular ecology approaches for studying human and infant gut flora that she has applied in human interventions with prebiotics and other food ingredients. According to Elaine, our human microbiome is currently being unraveled by the revolutionary advances in next-generation DNA sequencing; this will ultimately allow the prediction of future disease states (e.g., type 2 diabetes) in humans. This will in turn stimulate the manufacture of foods that prevent the disease by promoting the correct gut microbiomic and metabolic profiles.

The team will pursue in-depth research in the field of prebiotics for our worldwide customers, and especially for the so far elusive gut health benefit. Prior research has shown beneficial effects of inulin on gut health but translation to perceivable consumer benefits appears to be lacking and no European health claims have yet been approved by the European Food Safety Authority. Thus more research in this area is essential so that a health claim related to this topic, and others, may be applied for in the future.

The Netherlands

Consumers prefer enriched food over food supplements

On September 25 2014, Sensus attend the symposium ‘Dagelijkse Kost voor 65+’ that presented the findings of a study about everyday food consumption and the food habits of people aged 65 plus. 


One of the key takeaways was that nutritional needs change with age; for example, this population must increase its intake of fiber and calcium. The study concluded that the majority (62%) of Belgian elderly consumers prefers enriched food over food supplements to address their changed nutritional needs.

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