Nutricia has a proud heritage that stretches back over 100 years. Founded in the Netherlands in the town of Zoetermeer, the company was originally a specialist in infant formulas. Laboratory-synthesised baby milk was produced to match the nutritional needs of different babies. But in 1905 Nutricia pioneered the concept of specialised medical nutrition, developing special diet products such as low-sugar milk for diabetic patients and iodine-rich milk for those suffering from goitre.
In the modern era, Nutricia focused more intensely on the development of research-based nutritional products. In 1946, it opened the first proprietary research department within its laboratories. Dietitians were hired in 1950 to provide medical information to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Scientific advances of the 1960s led to development of specialised nutritional products for hospitals, and the introduction of Nutri 2000 – a complete nutrition solution for the chronically ill with serious feeding problems.
In the 1990s, Nutricia acquired the highly specialised firms SHS International (UK) and Milupa (Germany), gaining new expertise in areas such as Inborn Metabolic Disorders and severe Cow’s Milk Allergy. With the UK baby food brand Cow & Gate, these businesses were brought together under the umbrella of Numico. When Numico was acquired in 2007 by Danone, the Numico businesses became two fast-growing divisions – Danone Baby Nutrition, and Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition. Nutricia is proud to be Danone’s most specialised science-based division, focussed on healthcare, and the support through nutrition of patients and their caregivers everywhere.