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Exploring my journey at BENEO, its science and ingredients

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The grateful discovery that nutrition resides in the company’s beating heart

Are you ready to embark on a journey through the dynamic realm of nutrition and scientific excellence? Join me as we explore the fascinating world of Nutrition Communication at BENEO. Discover how the synergy between technical expertise and effective communication fosters continuous learning and professional growth, just as I recently experienced. Within this landscape, we’ll uncover the pivotal role of the BENEO-Institute, a hub of innovation and advancement in nutrition. Navigate with me through the core values of collaboration, excellence, and responsible communication. We’ll explore the latest findings on functional ingredients and understand their impact on public health, all geared towards making a tangible difference in the world of nutrition. Let’s embark on this enriching expedition together, fueled by passion and an unwavering commitment to promoting well-being.

Renata Cassar

Since I joined the Nutrition Communication team at BENEO in October 2023, my journey has been marked by an incredible sense of contentment and excitement. This opportunity is not just a new chapter in my career but a deep dive into a world of excellence and collaboration that exceeds my expectations.

My onboarding process strengthened my knowledge and my sense of belonging

Embracing my role within the Nutrition Communication department at BENEO since last October has been fulfilling. It signifies a fresh phase in my career, immersing me in exceptional standards and teamwork beyond expectations.

Right from the start, a team of nutrition professionals welcomed me. They possess high technical skills and are exceptional communicators. The synergy between technical expertise and communication skills creates a unique and enriching atmosphere where learning is constant. What surprised me the most was the warm welcome I received from the entire company, not just the nutrition team. From the commercial team to the technical departments, everyone welcomed me warmly. They foster an environment where new ideas are valued, and innovation is encouraged.

The onboarding process I was provided with was undoubtedly one of the best I have experienced in my career. Thoroughly planned by my manager, the onboarding process gave me a comprehensive understanding. It covered the science behind BENEO’s ingredients, the business, and cultivated deep insights into our market and customers. This not only strengthened my knowledge but also my sense of belonging to the company. Below, I share with you my first impressions and just a few of my surprising discoveries.

People and structure at BENEO confirm the company’s commitment to excellence

The excellence in BENEO’s nutrition department is truly remarkable. I am fascinated by the vast scientific background that underpins the company’s functional ingredients. The dedication to research and innovation is palpable. It’s reflected in the quality of products, nutrition communication, and the solid scientific foundation supporting them. In a research-driven market, I was impressed by the scientific studies published about BENEO’s ingredients and shared information at BENEO-Institute website. This commitment not only reinforces our credibility but also strengthens our communication with customers and partners.

The company’s organization is exemplary when looking particularly into the department for Nutrition combining Nutrition Science and Nutrition Communication. Here I had more interaction with regard to collaboration and documentation. Automated systems for referencing literature simplify our work and maintain the integrity and standardization of communication materials. Additionally, the collaboration systems and information archiving are truly sensational. They ensure our interactions with customers and external partners are maintained accurately and efficiently.

Promoting collaboration and competence through structured training and team dynamics

Team meetings are an example of organization and collaboration. Each session offers an opportunity for everyone to contribute ideas and experiences. This dynamic exchange of information drives our collective growth. The level of collaboration between the nutrition team and the commercial area is exceptional. The integration of these two areas at the core of the organization strengthens our offerings to customers. It also creates an environment where innovation thrives, and market needs are promptly met.

I’m thoroughly impressed with the comprehensive and structured trainings during my BENEO onboarding. The quality and expertise shown by the trainers attest to the company’s commitment to excellence. These sessions delve deep into nutrition science and BENEO’s products, offering invaluable insights for my role.

The BENEO-Institute a network of nutritional expertise in the realm of academia and innovation

The BENEO Institute, which gathers nutrition scientists, regulatory affairs, and nutrition communication professionals, caught my attention for its exceptional contributions to advancing nutrition and health science. Its pioneering research initiatives delve into topics from the role of fiber and prebiotics to the impact of functional ingredients on brain health and overall well-being, showcasing its cutting-edge research. The BENEO-Institute fosters collaboration and innovation within the nutrition community. It serves as an invaluable platform for exchanging knowledge and insights among renowned scientists and experts.

BENEO Institute is also dedicated to promoting awareness of the crucial role of nutrition in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, supporting public health initiatives worldwide. Through its resources, it offers a wealth of educational materials and tools, including scientific publications, white papers, and webinars, designed to disseminate the latest findings and developments in nutrition science to health professionals, researchers, dieticians and the broader public. I’m inspired by the unwavering dedication exhibited in the consistent generation and refinement of a diverse array of informational resources, including whitepapers, presentations, fact sheets, Q&As, and various other scientifically oriented documents. This steadfast commitment to knowledge dissemination and the perpetual enhancement of our collective understanding serves as a beacon of excellence in the realm of academia and innovation.

In the ever-evolving world of nutrition and food ingredient regulation, it’s extraordinary to witness the work of BENEO’s Nutrition and Regulatory teams. The impeccable structure and strategic prowess of the team for Regulatory Affairs have set a gold standard for ensuring successful regulatory approval of ingredients all around the world. With a keen understanding of the intricate web of international regulations, they navigate this complex landscape with a finesse that’s truly commendable.

Democratization of information ensures empowerment

But, in my view, what truly sets BENEO apart is the forward-thinking approach to internal communication.

The company’s internal communication systems, including the intranet, are a rich source of information sharing. They break down silos and allow every employee, irrespective of their role, to stay connected with the latest organizational news. Employees can access crucial documents and remain informed about ongoing developments. This democratization of information fosters transparency. It also creates a collaborative ecosystem where every member is empowered with the knowledge they need to contribute to BENEO’s ongoing success.

It’s a testament to our commitment to progress and unity, and it’s a strategy worth celebrating.

Support to customers along the entire value chain

From the commercial, technical and scientific standpoints, BENEO provides tailored support to food and beverage manufacturers, assisting them in incorporating BENEO’s functional ingredients into their products to enhance nutritional value and promote consumer health and well-being. It’s a pleasure collaborating with the SNPs (Sales Network Partners) and building connections with the CTS (Customer Technical Support) team, as we jointly craft and deliver enriched propositions to our customers, underpinned by robust nutrition and scientific expertise.

Indeed, when it comes to unparalleled customer support, BENEO sets the bar high with an exceptional commitment to meeting and exceeding customer expectations. With a structured and systematic approach, BENEO ensures that every question is not just answered but thoroughly addressed, leaving no room for ambiguity. Whether it’s offering insights on product usage, regulatory, nutrition or technical matters, BENEO’s customer support stands as a shining example of efficiency, professionalism, and genuine care for the customers. It’s this unwavering commitment to excellence that solidifies BENEO’s reputation as a trusted and reliable partner in the industry.

A company that truly invests in the health and wellbeing needs of consumers

BENEO’s presence at commercial and scientific events is also impressive. The company not only actively participates in these events all around the world but also stands out, demonstrating its commitment to innovation and leadership in supplying ingredient and solutions to the food, beverage and pharma industries. This not only enhances our visibility but also keeps us updated on the latest trends and advancements in the industry.

BENEO’s remarkable product portfolio stands as a testament to our commitment to nutrition and health. With an extensive range of ingredients tailored to address a multitude of metabolic and physiological risk factors, BENEO has emerged as a pivotal force in promoting cardiovascular health, facilitating weight management, managing blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and fostering prebiotic benefits for the colonic microbiota, thereby nurturing robust gut health across various age groups. Moreover, our comprehensive offerings extend support towards bolstering bone health and fortifying immunity/strengthening the inner defence system, demonstrating the profound impact of over two decades of dedicated research and investigation. BENEO’s dedication to enhancing human nutrition exemplifies a pioneering approach in advancing global health.

Nurturing a culture of education and empowerment in nutrition

Last, but not least, it’s remarkable to see the collective commitment within the company towards nutrition. This commitment is coupled with a genuine dedication to fostering a profound understanding of the crucial link between what we consume and our overall health. The resounding emphasis on learning and education is evident among the internal teams. It extends to the way we all engage with customers. And it serves as a clear demonstration of the passion that resonates throughout the organization. This genuine interest in educating and empowering customers is a reflection of our belief in the transformative power of knowledge. It’s refreshing to see a company that genuinely invests in supporting business-to-consumer companies. This investment is aimed at addressing the health and well-being needs of final consumers.

In summary, my journey at BENEO has been truly exceptional. Being in a company where nutrition is not just a part of the business, but its beating heart is motivating. The relentless commitment of the BENEO-Institute to driving nutrition science and promoting health inspires me deeply. The dedication of all teams to address customer needs with excellence is admirable. I look forward to continuing to grow, learn, and contribute to this incredible journey of innovation, excellence, and collaboration. At BENEO, we find a shared passion for making a difference in the world of nutrition. And that is truly special.


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