Applied Food Sciences (AFS), a leader in functional ingredients within the natural products industry, will launch CurcuFlow, an innovative, free-flowing curcumin extract designed for manufacturers to achieve a cleaner, stain-free turmeric production.
Working with traditional curcumin ingredients can be a manufacturer’s nightmare because turmeric causes caking in production lines and stains equipment. In fact, due to the drastically lengthier cleanup times, some companies refuse to take on turmeric projects altogether. Production runs involving traditional turmeric extracts can incur post-production clean times that are 5 to 6 times longer than when running other ingredients.
The key to CurcuFlow is beadlet technology. CurcuFlow beadlets were developed to provide processors a clean solution for formulating with turmeric while maintaining an industry-leading content of active curcuminoids. Therefore, this ingredient provides the functional benefits of curcumin along with exceptional handling properties, the company said.
“We are excited to demonstrate how CurcuFlow can change the way businesses work with curcumin,” said Christine Fields, vice president of scientific affairs for AFS. “Our innovation team has succeeded in developing a technology that can improve the ability to mix and blend curcumin into formulations, including tablets, and compress it into various supplement applications. This will reduce cleanout times significantly during production line changes. Our objective is to inherently lower a business’ total overhead costs and maximize equipment utilization which is a genuine game changer for this popular ingredient.”
The Battle Against Adulteration
Trust and transparency are essential to the future success of turmeric and curcumin-based products. As a member of the American Botanical Council (ABC) and its continued efforts to educate the industry, AFS has taken numerous steps supported by ABC’s experts to ensure high quality turmeric in the marketplace. To certify 100% turmeric in AFS’ curcumin extracts, the company has developed a multistep approach which incorporates both USP and AOACvalidated methods for specific compound identification. In addition, AFS then conducts isotope testing to ensure no synthetic substances have been introduced in the raw material.