The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has announced yet another expansion in its membership as GELITA, TasteTech and Lonza join Europe’s voice for the sports nutrition industry.

Top supplier of collagen proteins for the food, health and pharmaceutical industries GELITA, leading manufacturer of microencapsulated flavourings and ingredients for the global sports nutrition industry TasteTech, and prominent supplier of biopharmaceutical products and research to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries Lonza bring ESSNA’s total number of members up to 53. These organisations become the latest companies to commit themselves to ESSNA’s core values of the highest safety standards and upholding EU regulations on the content and labelling of sports nutrition products. They join recent ESSNA members EMP, Calleva UK and Cornelius, and their new membership highlights how ESSNA continues to expand its reach across the EU and beyond.

ESSNA has also announced that it will be partnering with Bridge2Food on its 6th Sports and Nutrition Performance conference, taking place in Amsterdam from 14-16th June 2016, where it will be holding its annual members’ meeting. A programme and venue for the conference will be finalised in the coming weeks.

ESSNA is the voice of the sports nutrition industry and is in dialogue with regulators and policy makers, campaigning in favour of proportionate EU legislation that does not adversely affect the industry. ESSNA also acts to “police” to the industry by monitoring and reporting irresponsible companies that flout EU law and may put consumers at potential risk from dangerous products.

Dr Adam Carey, Chair of ESSNA, said:

“We’re delighted to welcome GELITA, TasteTech and Lonza to our membership. They are world-renowned organisations and to have their teams join our ranks continues to reinforce the importance of the industry working collectively and presenting a singular front to the public and policy makers. Similarly, we are also thrilled to have partnered with Bridge2Food for their Sports and Nutrition Performance conference this year, which will provide fantastic opportunities to gain new insights into the future of the industry.

Our growth as an association parallels that of the industry and it’s important, now more than ever, that we ensure that as an industry we are meeting EU regulations that are designed to inform and protect consumers, as well as helping to shape these regulations so that they do not adversely affect the sector.”

Mark Bethell, Sales Manager UK and Ireland at GELITA said:

“We at GELITA are more than happy to join forces with a strong association to increase our share of voice within the industry. Together with other companies we can show one face and speak with one voice to the public and the authorities to gain the maximal output for the good of the entire sports nutrition industry. We are looking forward to the challenges and opportunities we will work on in the future together. Also we are keen to learn from other members as well as to share our experiences with them.”

Lynne Sinton, Sports Nutrition Product Manager, at TasteTech said:

“The Sports Nutrition industry is a key market for TasteTech. We have been working in partnership with manufacturers for the past 24 years, creating custom-made flavourings with masking properties and microencapsulated functional ingredients for controlled release; examples include encapsulated caffeine to mask bitter notes and encapsulated vitamin C to control stability. ESSNA does a tremendous job for the industry and we feel as a company it is essential for us to support and learn from the organisation.”   

Jeff Della Valle, Global Product Marketing Manager, Sports Nutrition at Lonza said:

“We are pleased to be accepted into membership with an organization of such high integrity, ESSNA is an organization that upholds the core values of safety, regulations and labeling of sports nutrition products, and these core values are an important part of Lonza’s philosophy.”