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Personalising nutrition to bring to the market high efficacy food for the control of chronic diseases.

Gullón, AMC, Helios, Alvinesa, Natac and Tutti Pasta make up the consortium of firms that together with 4 research centres, are spearheading the new PRIMICIA project in the CIEN R&D&I programme promoted by CDTI (Spain’s Centre for Technological and Industrial Development. The PRIMICIA project objective is to bring to the market foods that are highly effective in controlling chronic inflammation, thereby helping to prevent inflammation-related diseases (obesity, cardiovascular disorders, central nervous system disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, etc.) by personalising diets for the population stratified according to genetic profiles and evaluating their effect with nutrigenetic clinical trials. This project also addresses the analysis and elimination of potential barriers for launching foods oriented at what is called “personalised nutrition” on the market. In the early 21st Century, human genome sequencing and developments in systems biology together with the use of new omics tools has given a definitive boost to research into nutrition, diet and health. PRIMICIA was created in the context of what has become known as “New Nutrition”, a discipline that has gone from examining the needs of the human body to become a science that studies at molecular level the action of nutrients and their effect on the origin and evolution of the wide variety of chronic diseases. The PRIMCIA project consortium comprises 6 important firms in the food industry: Galletas Gullón S.A. project leader, AMC Innova Juice and Drinks S.L., Dulces y Conservas Helios S.A., Alvinesa Alcoholera Vinícola S.A.U., Natac Biotech S.L and Tutti Pasta S.A. together with 4 research centres of recognised prestige supporting the project’s scientific and technical development: Instituto IMDEA Alimentación, Centro de Automatización, Robótica y Tecnologías de la Información y la Fabricación (CARTIF), Centro Nacional de Tecnología y Seguridad Alimentaria (CNTA), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). The diversity of markets covered by the consortium companies and their international profile, will achieve greater impact for the results and extend the spectrum of action to various food segments: biscuits, juices, preserves and ready meals. The project began on 21 July 2014 and ended on 31 December 2017 mobilising a total budget of €8,135,815 The PRIMICIA project will contribute towards expanding understanding of the new R&D stream emerging around functionality, nutrigenetics and stratified nutrition.