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Nuflower-The leading Lipid pastes manufacturer

Introduction

When it comes to envisioning a healthy and nourished India, the name of Nuflower Foods and Nutrition features prominently. A leading lipid-based nutrient supplement (LNS) manufacturer with pan-global reach, we aim to make our products nutrient-rich, cost-effective and accessible to all the sections of the society in equal measure. We specialise in the  production of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) and Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF) based on LNS supplements, catering to differential nutrient requirements of various age groups.

 

Clientele

We boast of a wide range of clientele, diversified among corporates, and governmental agencies like the ranks of UNICEF Supply Divisions, Pan American Health Organization, Adani Foundation, Action Against Hunger Platform etc. We specialise in the production of therapeutic energy intensive nutritional pastes.

 

Manufacturing facilities

We have a UNICEF-GMP certified manufacturing facility in Manesar, Gurgaon equipped to handle demands for various kinds of nutritional and therapeutic pastes, successfully fulfilling nutritional requirements of various organizations both in public and private businesses in India and abroad. All our products meet WHO specification standards.

 

Different paste types and characteristics

All our pastes are energy and protein intensive, and in addition, each product caters to specific nutrition fortifications like vitamins and mineral micronutrients, very much absent from an average household food preparation methodology. Easily dispensable in the ready-to-eat format, the paste comes loaded with essential fats and carbohydrates. Aligned perfectly to the market demand, we provide high-value nutritional pastes, and continue to revolutionise the segment of  production and provision of nutritional pastes  like no other  player in the market.

 

Reach and usage

Our range of products and their reach speak of values, which Nuflower Foods and Nutrition as an entity holds very dear - contributing our bit in developing a healthy India.  Our products are widely used in various Indian states like Haryana and West Bengal, especially in conjunction with public health programmes like POSHAN Maah. Our products serve as an indispensable component of implementing Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) approach, which has proved to be a game-changer in eradicating malnutrition from grassroots level.

 

Production facility

Our factory in Manesar is a prime example of an end-to-end state-of-the-art nutritional paste manufacturing facility. Accorded with FSSC-22000 certification and UNICEF Supply division accreditation, this is a testament to the fact that high quality we uphold what we promise. We don’t believe in claiming something which we don’t practice.

 

This commitment to steadfast quality of service runs through our infrastructure facilities and human resources who work round the clock to ensure our esteemed customers have affordable, yet versatile product lines. Nuflower Foods is equipped to manufacture specialised product lines like cheese recipes, chocolate recipes, jam and other nut-based recipes, maintaining a high quality standard.

 

 

USP

Our USP lies in providing quality products at affordable prices which are effective in their objective of achieving nutrition requirements through Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements through our products NutriFEEDO Bite and NutriFEEDO Twig. 

 

What is the impact of malnutrition, and specifically SAM, on children? (insert malnourished Indian Kid)

Adequate nutrition is required for physical, cognitive and overall growth of the child. India’s under-5 mortality rate is 39 per 1000 live births. This is worse than China (9 per 1000), Libya (12), Tunisia (13), Indonesia (25), Philippines (28), Bangladesh (32) and Nepal (33). Malnutrition is the major cause of India’s under 5 mortality numbers. It was the predominant risk factor of death in children under 5 years in India in 2017, accounting for 68.2% deaths, and the leading risk factor for health loss of all ages, responsible for 17.3% of the total disability adjusted life years (DALYs).[1]

There are various case fatality rates reported by different experts on SAM. While the WHO estimates mortality rates to be around 10-20%[2], some experts in India believe that it is much lower.  But, even at the lowest average case fatality suggested, at 3%, about 1.7 lakh children are at risk of death in India.

 

 

Treatment of SAM:

At present the only treatment protocol in India for SAM children is to admit the complicated cases for facility-based care. But there are only about 1200 Nutritional Rehabilitation Centers – and at around 7800 cases per center - these are not enough to treat so many sick children. Covid-19 has also disrupted health services across the country. It is also suitable during the pandemic that treatment facilities be avoided.

In any case, 90% of SAM cases need not go to facility based care and can be treated in the community through community-based management (CMAM) programs using Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF)[3], which is the universally accepted treatment protocol recommended by UNICEF & WHO for uncomplicated SAM children.

CMAM is a treatment protocol wherein the caregivers of the child are trained in proper nutritional habits, hygiene and breastfeeding practices. The child is provided emergency nutritional supplement in the form of RUTF for 8-12 weeks and medicines to treat any illnesses like diarrhea and edema which are found in many SAM children.

Alternative feeding models using a combination of RUTF and home-based food are also being explored. The suitability of these alternative models must be studies in the Indian context.

CMAM programs using emergency RUTF have been successful in saving lives of SAM children in various countries in Africa and Asia and in independent pilot projects in various Indian states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. In Rajasthan, a recovery rate of 70.4% was recorded and mortality rate was brought down to 0.1% under the state POSHAN program using RUTF. However, the final guidelines on CMAM are still pending

 

 

[1] https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(19)30273-1/fulltext

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31613883

[3] RUTF are energy-dense, micronutrient enhanced pastes which typically have peanuts (or corn, chickpea etc.), oil, sugar, milk powder and citamin and mineral supplements