Fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS)

Short chain fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS)

Product family: Fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS)

Brand names: 
Powder form: Profeed® P, Profeed® Maxflow, Antasweet
Liquid form: Profeed® L, Antasweet L

Fructo-oligosaccharides are soluble dietary fibres belonging to the family of fructans. They are widely used in animal nutrition for their prebiotic properties as bio-regulators of the digestive flora and function.

Short chain fructo-oligosaccharides are produced from sucrose by a bio-enzymatic process providing consistent product characteristics and purity.

Profeed® is marketed by Tereos Starch & Sweeteners and Beghin Meiji in Europe, and produced within the Tereos group. Beghin Meiji is the pioneer of fructo-oligosaccharides in Europe.

Visual aspect: It is a colourless, odourless liquid or powder.

Major characteristics

Profeed® contains short chain fructo-oligosaccharides: scFOS.
scFOS are Glucose-Fructose chains with a Degree of Polymerisation (DP) between 3 and 5. Profeed® has a controlled composition in GF2 (DP3), GF3 (DP4) and GF4 (DP5).

  • The powder form contains 95% scFOS, from which about 37% GF2, about 53% GF3 and about 10% GF4.
  • The liquid form is available at different dry substances ranging from 55 to 95% of scFOS.

Technological properties

  • Taste profile and rheology similar to sucrose
  • High solubility
  • Stable product under regular feed compound manufacturing conditions

Nutrition and health properties

  • Increases the intestinal concentration of bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus
  • Increases the production of lactate and short chain fatty acids
  • Decreases the concentration of potentially pathogenic bacteria

Application fields

  • Prebiotic fibre supplementation
  • Regulation of the intestinal microflora in petfood and horse, swine, poultry, calves, rabbits, aquafeed
  • Exclusive competition with pathogens
  • Reinforcement of intestinal immunity


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Compound feedOn-farm feedingStarter feedPremix & specialtiesAquafeedPetfoodHorse


The Application, Scientific & Regulatory affairs teams assist customers in developing and optimising safe and cost-effective feed formulation with Profeed® in all breeding sectors and for pet food.

Click here to visit Profeed® Infoscience online database. It contains scientific documentation on trials using Profeed® in various animal species. Click here to request access.

Tereos Starch & Sweeteners also provides scientific packages to help its customers communicate on health benefits.


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