Hexagon Nutrition Making A Global Impact On Health And Nutrition
Malnutrition is a major challenge that continues to plague humanity. Despite rising prosperity in several nations, malnutrition continues to be a silent killer causing stunted growth, death, and disease among children. Malnutrition remains a horrific reason for 45% of deaths among children, especially in underdeveloped countries. Rates of childhood obesity are also rising in these countries. The impact of malnutrition on individuals, families, societies and countries is weakening, thereby creating an immense burden on healthcare systems.
Balanced meals comprising proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids in the right quantity can help in reducing malnutrition. Hexagon Nutrition Limited is one such organisation which has been working in this field for over three decades now and has made stellar contributions by creating a range of products with increased nutritional value to combat malnutrition. Hexagon Nutrition have collaborated with governments, NGOs, academic institutes, international organisations, and FMCG players to execute programs around awareness of food fortification, the nutritional value of food, and more to create an environment where the Indian population, especially young children get access to balanced nutrition.
Founded by Arun Kelkar in 1991 as a nutraceutical company that focuses on the research and development of products and solutions that are necessary to meet the nutritional goals of the masses. With head office in Mumbai and three cutting-edge manufacturing setups at Nashik, Chennai, and Tuticorin, Hexagon Nutrition offers comprehensive nutrition solutions for both domestic and international markets with a presence in more than 70 countries. The three verticals are Micronutrient Formulations, these formulations are supplied to food, beverage, and nutraceutical industries to improve the nutritional value of their products. They follow stringent quality control to ensure excellence in quality. The second being clinical nutrition, this is focused on developing premium products to treat a range of health conditions, with the flagship brand Pentasure being used in all the leading hospitals in the country to boost the nutrient content in patient diets. And the third being Therapeutic Foods, these foods are products that provide basic nutritional catering to malnutrition, a global nutritional concern.
There is a need to increase awareness among people from the lower socio-economic strata about the cost efficiency of food fortification. Companies in the nutraceutical business have been working towards the eradication of hidden hunger and malnutrition by providing optimum nutrition solutions that are cost-effective and easily accessible. It is also engaged in spreading awareness regarding the significance of food fortification in curbing widespread malnutrition. Food fortification helps in filling the nutrient gaps in people’s diet, thereby reducing the chances of malnourishment and improving the current situation of hidden hunger. However, people remain aware of its several benefits that can aid their life in a nutritious way.
The pandemic period witnessed healthy competition in the Nutraceutical Industry but at the end, it all boils down to the quality that is served to the customer. Fortification of food and beverages is an efficient way of combating malnutrition. Government has laid regulations to add vitamins and minerals into staple foods like flour, dairy, and oils to tackle nutrition issues for the entire population to provide the right micronutrient formulations. Private FMCG players use these formulations to improve the nutrition quotient of their products.
There are only a few players in India in the Nutraceutical industry that are creating a considerable impact. The recent pandemic has seen a rise in awareness about nutritional needs and a change in consumer behaviour. The future of the Indian nutraceutical industry seems affirmative with innovative changes in the health and nutrition vertical with their advanced nutritional solutions and visionary thoughts.