Contract manufacturer Elite One Source (Missoula, MT) is featuring a chewable probiotic tablet at this week’s SupplySide West trade show. The probiotic energy tablet the company is exhibiting at SupplySide West contains 2 billion CFU of probiotics per tablet, but the firm says it can also manufacture other probiotic chewables that contain up to 25 billion CFU probiotic/tablet. The company says that, with appropriate overages, most probiotic strains can be produced in the chewable format, although some probiotic strains may be better suited to tablets.
Doug Lefler, Elite One Source’s director of client services, explains some of the potential challenges involved with formulating a chewable probiotic tablet, including the product’s required compression force, the pH of the formula, environmental humidity, friction, and dealing with hygroscopic ingredients. “Understanding environmental impact on probiotic viability, it is critical that a manufacturer has robust material-handling procedures in place from the beginning of the process to the finished product,” Lefler adds.
Elite One Source can also provide the chewable tablets organic certified. The company claims to be one of the few dietary supplement manufacturers to be certified organic by Quality Certification Services (QCS). In addition to the new probiotic chewable, the company formulates and manufactures a range of capsule and tablet supplements, including modified-release, multilayer, and sublingual tablets with aqueous, enteric, and film coatings, and clear or colored gelatin capsules available in vegetarian, delayed-release, and imprinted versions. The company says it is certified organic, kosher, vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free, non-GMO, and vegetarian.