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Vitamin A (Retinol) > for food fortification

BTC offers several forms of high quality vitamin A grades tailored to your specific needs for food and beverage fortification. We can support you to find the best grade, which fits with the matrix of your food product.

Physiological importance of vitamin A

Vitamin A (retinol) is an essential micronutrient, which is naturally found in foods from animal origin such as liver, meat, fish, eggs and dairy products or as its carotenoid precursors in plant foods. In humans, vitamin A is required for light perception and normal vision. It is a component of the rhodopsin receptor in the eyes, which is responsible for sensing light in situations of poor illumination. Moreover, vitamin A has a role in reproduction and contributes to healthy growth and development. It is crucial for healthy red blood cell formation and normal function of the immune system.

Obtaining sufficient amounts of vitamin A from the diet is a public health problem in more than 50% of the countries worldwide, particularly in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Young children and pregnant women are most vulnerable to insufficient intake of vitamin A. Fortification of staple foods with vitamin A is an effective and sustainable solution to improve the nutritional status of vitamin A in these populations. Several countries have effectively implemented mandatory food fortification programs to combat the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency.

Properties of vitamin A (Retinol)

Vitamin A:

  • available as vitamin A Acetate, vitamin A Palmitate and vitamin A Propionate (various grades)
  • powder and oily forms 
  • best-in-class flowability and dispersibility 
  • complies with highest quality standards and regulatory requirements

Applications of vitamin A (Retinol)

The use of vitamin A in the food industry is subject to controls due to the risk of overdose. Currently, it may only be used in certain product groups. Depending on the country, these product groups include food products for babies and small children, dietetic food products for weight loss, balanced diets, margarine, spreads, milk and dairy products. Outside of Europe, several countries have effectively implemented mandatory food fortification programs to combat the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency.s.

Besides food fortification vitamin A is also used for dietary supplements. 

Further products for food fortification 

About BTC

BTC Europe is BASF's European sales organization for small and medium sized customers. Our product range covers selected speciality chemicals and performance polymers to a variety of industries as well as raw materials and additives for the pharma, food, animal nutrition and personal care industry. 

Our solutions for the human nutrition industry cover health ingredients like vitamins, plant sterols, carotenoids, Omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid, besides others. As food additives we offer antioxidants, emulsifiers, whipping emulsifiers, baking enzymes, functional fat powders, and lipids.