Zero-waste future for nutraceuticals

Date: 22.07.2020Source: Dolcas Biotech

DolCas Biotech, LLC, shares its zero-waste goal for the company’s entire portfolio of potent branded nutraceutical ingredients. The company declared its commitment to accelerate a full-sustainability strategy centred on the up cycling of typically discarded — yet highly valuable — raw materials. DolCas will further ally this endeavour with its ongoing clean-label initiatives to maintain full transparency and traceability of its product line.

According to Euromonitor International’s “Sustainability Survey 2019,” 66% of nutraceutical industry professionals believe that sustainability initiatives are critical to success. Innova Market Insights’ consumer research indicates that consumer expectations around sustainability are higher than ever, pushing companies to prioritise eco-efficiency, especially when it comes to reducing food and plastic waste.

While the market for clean-label products has grown substantially in recent years, DolCas offers a fresh perspective, one that focuses on clinically-studied, sustainably-sourced, “drum-to-hopper” ingredients that are clean-label by design. As early adopters, DolCas understands all the nuances of formulating for this demand, and continually seeks to collaborate with partners that source their ingredients locally, and with commitment to the same environmental vision.

Upcycling creates potent new products

DolCas’s TruOliv polyphenol extract is one example of such next-gen sustainability in action. The formulation is composed of Moroccan-grown olive leaves and whole fruit, including the skin and flesh. The olive pomace, or remaining mass of pits, branches, and unused fruits, has been ingeniously up cycled into smoke-free, natural charcoal briquettes for a completely zero-waste process. The solvent-free, USDA, EU and China-certified organic extract and its charcoal byproduct are parts of a vertically integrated operation that is regenerative, not just sustainable.

Explains Dr. Shavon Jackson-Michel, Director of Medical & Scientific Affairs for DolCas: “The polyphenol profile is a perfect example of this. The sun scorched, hostile desert environment is an incubator for the accelerated production of polyphenols, which is key in generating TruOliv’s concentrated actives profile.”

DolCas’ proprietary extraction method delivers more than 3% of hydroxytyrosol and 7% oleuropein, without the use of solvents or heat. It provides the polyphenol synergism of traditionally consumed olive oils, yielding a high concentration of clinical bioactives equal to 20 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, all in a 1g dose.

Said K. G. Rao, President of DolCas: “As with many trends that develop from shared agendas, the uncompromising interest in sustainability and health-awareness is expected to energise the growth trajectory for clean-label products. The nutraceuticals industry faces the unique challenge of delivering clinically efficacious end products that merge nutrition with pharmaceutical precision, without concessions for environmentally unfriendly processes or synthetic ingredients.”

The company’s Bergacyn liver support complex is made with adherence to the same values. It is a patented, clean-label nutraceutical powerhouse composition of bergamot (Citrus bergamia) fruit polyphenols, fiber, and wild-crafted artichoke thistle leaf (Cynara cardunculus sylvestris). Bergamot juice and pulp serve as up cycled source materials to provide the polyphenols and fibre in Bergacyn.

Concluded Jackson-Michel: “The peel of the bergamot fruit has traditionally been prized for the extract of its essential oil for use in the perfume industry. The fruit itself – pulp and juice included — were considered nothing more than waste. In fact, it’s been reported that it takes roughly 100 bergamot fruits to produce a mere three ounces of essential oil. This constitutes substantial loss. Moreover, the rich polyphenols in bergamot, if not properly discarded, can lead to soil contamination.

“During our 13 years in business, we recognised that when we honour the values of quality, purity, and sustainability, positioning our products becomes easier because we know with assurance that we aren’t shortchanging the most important person in this chain – the consumer.”

The majority of DolCas marketed ingredients carry ISO and HAACP seals of quality and are certified kosher and halal. For more visit dolcas-biotech.com

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