About us

Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) is the voice of the specialised nutrition industry across Europe.

The members of SNE are the National Associations from 19 European countries (including a majority of EU Member States), whose members are companies producing tailor made dietary solutions for populations with very specific nutritional needs. These include: infants and young children, patients under medical supervision, sportspeople, overweight and obese consumers, and those suffering from coeliac disease. These companies range from SMEs to internationally operating companies.


Increase understanding and awareness of the role that specialised nutrition play in the lives of these very specific consumer groups

Facilitate the development of an adapted and proportionate environment in which our industry can continue to operate in a safe, competitive and sustainable way at the local, European and even international level

Ensure the continuous development and delivering of specially formulated and high quality products for the specific categories of consumers to cover their specific nutritional needs

SNE is contributing to the European economy directly – representing an annual turnover of approaching 24 billion EUR – and indirectly by saving on public health costs caused by the economic impact of malnutrition estimated 170 billion EUR in Europe. Estimates show that some 90% of Europeans will need specialised nutrition at some stage in their lives.


Our story

The association, formerly known as IDACE, was founded 50 years ago and was originally based in Paris but moved to Brussels in 2010 to be closer to the European institutions and the EU decision-making process. The Secretariat has permanent staff in Brussels but being membership driven works with Working Groups and Task Forces around themes related to specialised nutrition. (For more information on our working groups, see “Structure & Organisation”).

The association is registered in the EU Transparency register and as such, interacts with the European institutions in full transparency.

In October 2013 the association changed its name to Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE), in order to better reflect the new modernised EU legislative landscape following the revision of the PARNUTs Framework Directive 2009/39/EC.” 


24 Billion

The association represents an
annual turnover of approaching
24 billion EUR*

*Based on SNE internal estimates

170 Billion

Health costs caused by the economic impact on malnutrition are estimated at 170 billion EUR in Europe*

*MNI Medical Nutrition Dossier “Better care through better nutrition: Value and effects of Medical nutrition”, Fourth version 2018

Top 3

Specialised nutrition products made in Europe are among the top 3 of the most exported foods from the EU food and drink industry*

*FoodDrinkEurope Data & Trends – EU Food & Drink Industry 2020