As more consumers seek clean-label products, more dietary supplement manufacturers are taking a harder look at just how clean their supplements are, right down to the capsule, tablet, or softgel. At SupplySide West, suppliers and manufacturers discussed their latest offerings in the clean-label department.
Organic Tablet Binder, Organic Film Coating, and More
Ashland Global Holdings (Wilmington, DE) introduced a new organic tablet binder and film coating at SupplySide West.
The company’s new Aquarius clear organic film coating system is “an aqueous-based alternative to animal-derived, shellac-based systems,” the company said. In addition to being certified organic, Aquarius organic film coating is Non-GMO Project Verified, made with nonallergenic ingredients, and vegetarian, kosher, and halal certified. This coating does not yield on performance, either. The company points out that it offers immediate release and quick dispersion. It is fully formulated, easy to apply, and provides “exceptional gloss and improved slip for packaging while preventing dusting,” the firm adds.
At SupplySide West, Ashland also introduced a new Aquarius Nutra titanium-free coating system for customers concerned about using titanium as an ingredient, such as in the European Union. Ashland says Aquarius Nutra TF “provides a comparable white film coating for oral solid dosage forms" and is available as a white system—it can achieve bright-white tablets—or a pigmented system. Aquarius film-coating systems can also be formulated with naturally derived colors, while still offering stable color performance.
Also targeting the organic customer, the company introduced its NutraPress organic tablet binder. Made with certified-organic, nonallergenic, label-friendly ingredients, the tablet binder “is engineered to enhance tablet robustness and tablet disintegration” and provide good dissolution. The company says it performs comparably to the non-organic binder microcrystalline cellulose. The NutraPress binder is free-flowing, enabling optimal powder flow and ease of use in direct-compression tablet manufacturing.
Other new products showcased at Ashland’s SupplySide West booth included a new, economical, all-in-one binder-disintegrant excipient, Klucel Nutra PLUS, which the firm says is designed to simplify the direct compression of tablets. “The new product’s improved powder flow ensures consistent performance during commercial-scale manufacturing, refines usability, and may reduce customers’ operating costs,” the company stated in a press release.
The company also showcased its expertise in non-pill delivery formats. One of its prototypes was a sugar-reduced lime mint Aloe vera vitamin water. (Ashland owns the farms and processes the Aloe vera leaves in house). Another prototype was a fermented plum ginger apple cider vinegar shrub beverage featuring collagen and biotin for beauty from within. Finally, the company distributed samples of a direct-to-mouth sprinkle pack combining a five-strain blend of microencapsulated probiotics plus a prebiotic.
Ashland underlined the additional resources it now has in hand thanks to its acquisition of Pharmachem Laboratories in May 2017. Pharmachem’s expertise, including its particle-engineering and formulating capabilities, and its ingredient portfolio, complements Ashland’s own expertise in nutraceutical bindings and coatings and its own functional ingredients. Combined, these capabilities mean Ashland can address a wider range and ever-customized suite of solutions for customers, ranging from bindings and coatings to powder shakes, organic shakes, fast-melt sprinkles, stick packs, and more.
Natural Capsule Colors and More
Lonza Consumer Health & Nutrition (Basel, Switzerland) debuted several key clean-label initiatives at SupplySide West.
First, the company announced that it is a founding member of the Clean Label Alliance, a new clean-label initiative kicked off by several companies, including Lonza, Ribus Inc. (St. Louis, MO), Biogrund GmbH (Huenstetten, Germany), Bosch Packaging Technology GmbH (Waiblingen, Germany), and Natoli Engineering Company, Inc. (St. Charles, MO). Together, the companies are committing to helping nutraceutical firms transition their products to cleaner labels by enhancing their own clean-label offerings.
“As supplement manufacturers transition to cleaner labels, they must overcome both formulation and production challenges,” Lonza said in a press release. “The Clean Label Alliance will offer premium resources and technical solutions to help manufacturers to produce clean-label supplements more easily and efficiently.”
Beth Tormey, senior vice president, head of global business unit, Lonza Consumer Health & Nutrition, said in the press release: “Approximately 80% of consumers now want to know what is in the products they use. Manufacturers know how to make supplements in the traditional way, but they may not have the experience in-house to make the transition to clean-label products to meet this growing demand. The Clean Label Alliance bridges this gap and applies years of combined member expertise in clean-label ingredients, formulations, dosage forms, and manufacturing to help supplement makers get more desirable products to market faster.”