Custom Nutrient Premix Formulation

Watson Inc. Demonstrates Expertise in Custom Nutrient Premix Formulation

West Haven CT – Watson Inc. was honored to be among the industry experts presenting at the recent SupplySide West meeting held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 8th and 9th of this year. Alice Wilkinson, Watson’s Vice President of Quality and Nutritional Research and Development, delivered the presentation entitled “Key Considerations in the Formulation of Nutrient Premixes and the Benefit of Microencapsulated Nutrients.”

Wilkinson explained that when formulating dietary supplements or fortified foods, formulators must consider the chemical and physical properties of each micronutrient to be used as well as its compatibility with the finished product. The overages necessary to compensate for processing and storage losses must be built into the formulation. Wilkinson expounded on the use of technology-based solutions, such as microencapsulation, which can be instrumental in overcoming challenges such as stability concerns, heat tolerance, and the masking of undesirable flavors and odors. The various technologies available for microencapsulation and the resulting characteristics of the coating matrix were also explained.

Wilkinson illustrated that navigating a complex set of variables is key to formulating a product that will be successful in the marketplace. Expertise and experience can help food and supplement manufacturers avoid costly errors such as inappropriately high overages which overrun price points, off flavors impacting consumer acceptance, and potential recalls due to product not meeting label claim.

Watson’s 2014 SupplySide West presentation was recorded and is available for on-line viewing at Additional presentations including the 2013 SupplySide West presentation can be found at

About Watson:

Watson is one of the highest quality suppliers of products and services geared towards enhancing human health and nutrition around the world. We are a leader in developing quality products and innovative ingredient systems for the food and supplement industries. Expertise in custom nutrient premixes, microencapsulation, agglomeration, micronizing, spray drying, and film technology allow us to develop unique formulations and products using Watson manufactured value-added ingredients. For more information on Watson see


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Moira Watson, V.P. Marketing & Communications



Company info:

Watson Foods Co., Inc. DBA Watson Inc.

  • Corporate headquarters: 301 Heffernan Drive, West Haven CT 06516
  • CEO: James T. Watson
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  • Employees: 280