In a letter dated 4 April 2018, the FSSAI has clarified the licensing category of Premix after the issue was pointed out during a training session. In 11 January, 2018 there was a training programme at FSSAI Headquarters which was attended by Officer of the FSSAI and officers of Regional Office (NR), Delhi on Food Safety and Standards (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special medical purpose, Functional foods and Novel Food) Regulations 2016. Officers from the Regional Offices in Chennai, Mumbai, Cochin, Tuticorin, Kolkata, and Mumbai joined the training through video conferencing.
During the training, one issue that emerged for clarification, among others was the about the licensing category of Premix. In this regard, the FSSAI has clarified that any intermediary products/ premixes which are not for direct consumption and are to be added to the final formulation shall fall under Category 99. In the list of Indian Food Code, Category 99 is for “Substances added to food which are ‘not for direct consumption as food.” Premix types can, therefore, be licensed in one of the following categories of the Food Categorisation Code as per eligibility
99 Substances Added to food
99.5 Nutrients and their preparations
99.6 Microorganisms and Microbial Preparations
99.7 Functional Ingredients
According to a report by Future Market Insights (FMI), global revenues for food premix market are likely to cross US$ 2 billion by 2027. Premix application in Food & Beverages is likely to bring the maximum revenues. The global food premixes market is estimated to expand at a CAGR of 5.4% over the forecast period 2017-2027.
Since there is now a demand for food fortification and increase in popularity of custom premixes, the sales are likely to soar worldwide. In premixes, a given nutritional value profile the ingredients must be mixed in the right combination and in the right amount and form. Various kinds of customized premixes can be used for individual premix formulas whether in drinks, cereals, milk and soy products or in food for athletes, babies or for a balanced diet
Vitamin and amino acid premixes are used in various applications such as dietary supplements, bakery products, sports nutrition, infant formula, and clinical nutrition.
The demand for food fortification has increased significantly in the recent past due to the high rate of micronutrient deficiency disorders among the global population, and the lack of micronutrients in food which could lead to severe forms of malnutrition. Foods such as wheat, maize, flour, sugar, and vegetable oils are often fortified with vitamins and minerals to ensure better health. This is being seen as the primary factor that will sustain the market performance in coming years.
Use of nutrient premixes by infant nutrition manufacturers is also on the rise, which is another strong driver for market growth. Rising consumer preference for the nutritional fortification of infant formula and baby food products will continue to boost the market in the
forecast period. Infant formulas are mainly blended with iron and vitamin D for babies that are not being breastfed. Moreover, ingredients such as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (arachidonic acid) are also added with iron and vitamins, which generates considerable demand for premixes in the global market.
By application type, the market for food premix can be divided into the following
- early life nutrition and baby food
- food & beverages
- dietary supplements,
- Pharma OTC drugs
- nutritional improvement programmes
By function type, the market has been divided into
- bone health
- weight management
- vision health
- heart health
- brain health and memory and others.
Premixes for weight management is expected to bring in the highest revenues.