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About the GAIN premix facility (GPF)

The GAIN premix facility was set up in 2009 to help food fortification projects by establishing an easier, more cost effective way of procuring high quality vitamin and mineral premix.

Micronutrient premix is a complicated commodity. Price and quality can vary tremendously, and quality verification requires sophisticated equipment and expertise. Customers in developing countries face a number of barriers when procuring premix, including access to reliable suppliers, variable prices, quality control and lack of upfront capital for large purchases.

To address these barriers, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) established the GAIN premix facility (GPF) to make premix procurement easy.

With the GPF, GAIN customers can access high quality premix at a competitive cost. The GAIN premix facility eliminates many of the challenges of premix procurement by leveraging:

  • large, combined premix volumes across multiple food fortification projects
  • Robust processes and systems
  • An experienced procurement and certification team

One of the main hurdles for GAIN and other international agencies involved in implementation and monitoring of food fortification programs has been the difficulty in finding suitable, reliable and cost transparent analytical laboratories. Analyzing the micronutrient content of fortified food products is key to verifying products are adequately fortified and supplying the right levels of essential nutrients. Laboratories must have experience in analyzing vitamins and minerals in a food matrix in a rapid and cost-effective way. 

As a key, trusted player in the field of vitamin and mineral procurement and distribution, the GAIN premix facility’s involvement in quality control of end products is a natural expansion of its service offering.

In early 2012, the GPF developed and signed a partnership agreement with BioAnalyt, a product-innovation company based in Germany, to facilitate procurement of BioAnalyt’s test kits for GAIN’s programs, as well as other partners and private sector organizations monitoring fortification efforts. In November 2013, GAIN and BioAnalyt signed an Agreement whereby the GAIN premix facility became BioAnalyt’s primary distributor.
This ensures better quality control and monitoring of fortification programs worldwide and subsequently leads to improved nutritional impact.

BioAnalyt’s test kits perform on the spot measurements of micronutrients such as iron in flours, vitamin A in flours and vegetable oil as well as potassium iodate in salt. These kits are targeted for food producers, NGOs, monitoring agencies, research institutions, customs officers and laboratories.
If you would like to ask for a quotation, please fill out the form through this link.

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GPF Objectives

The GPF sourced approximately US$ 64 million in premix orders since 2009, for customers across 45 countries in Africa and Central and Southern Asia.

GPF Process

The GAIN premix facility uses a simple, effective process to competitively procure high quality premix – learn more here.