Diana Food funds five-year prebiotics research programme


Thanks to a commitment by Diana Food Canada Inc. and funding from the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Université Laval, Canada has established the NSERC-Diana Food Industrial Research Chair on Prebiotic effects of fruit and vegetables polyphenols (PhenoBio) with a view to developing new functional ingredients with real benefits for human health. 


The purpose of the PhenoBio Chair, directed by Yves Desjardins from the Plant Science Department at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, is to show that tannins in berries (cranberries, strawberries, and cloudberries) and tropical fruit (bananas, camu camu, and acerola), as well as certain polyphenols in vegetables (onions) have a specific prebiotic effect in that they can modulate the intestinal microbiome in a positive way.


Based on these findings, the Chair will develop new and effective natural polyphenol extracts. This ambitious five-year research program was initiated by Diana Food Canada Inc., a leading player in the sustainable production of natural fruit and vegetable extracts.  Diana Food Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of Diana, the nutrition division of Symrise Group, which employs over 2,300 people, including 240 R&D specialists at 35 industrial sites in 25 countries.

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