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Seen at Vitafoods Asia 2019: Companies championing sustainability

Leading nutraceutical businesses across the globe are putting sustainability and supply chain transparency at the top of their lists in a bid to combat climate change, and also meet end consumer expectations. Brands are having to rethink their current practices with environmental protection in mind, as well as put measures in place to protect the future supply chain. We highlight exhibitors from Vitafoods Asia 2019 showing their dedication to the cause through regenerative agriculture efforts, improving biodiversity, responsible sourcing and leveraging technology for sustainability.

KLK Oleo had some serious signage around the quality assurance related to their DavosLife E3. They were focusing on the issue of compliance with regulatory standards around POPs (persistent organic pollutants). They do testing for heavy metals, pesticides and PCBs. They’re also a member of RSPO – sourcing certified sustainable palm oil for their tocotrienol products. They’re compliant with ECOCERT as well. Their brochures note: “DavosLife E3 Tocotrienols are derived from non-GMO palm fruits sourced directly from RSPO-certified plantations.” It’s unique to see the emphasis on sustainable palm in the dietary supplement space.

Unicorn Natural Products is loud and proud about its sustainable sourcing and full supply chain transparency. Partnerships with NGOs, collectives and local communities are tied to ongoing and regular training of good agricultural practices. The in-house manufacturing facilities use multi-purpose production machinery. Strict process control measures are followed to uphold quality and deliver on environmental commitment.

Ecuadorian Rainforest will do more discussion at SupplySide West, but they noted that as they source the majority of their ingredients from the Amazon, the burning rainforest is a serious concern for them. Would want to follow-up and see what they’re doing in terms of supporting communities and larger initiatives.

Vidya Herbs has a practice called Full ID that ensures they’re using sustainable practices that protect the ecosystem and care for their people. Their mission is based around a green planet and they work with their farmers from the ground up around the types of crops, supporting their efforts toward biodiversity and local crops.

RIMFROST carries certifications reflecting its sustainable fishing practices and responsible sourcing efforts, and also maintains an onboard inspection team on its vessels. Two weeks each year, Rimfrost hosts scientists from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and the Brirtish Antarctic Survey to focus on existing support and science around protecting the Antarctic ecosystem. 

BIONAP has emphasised sustainability since inception, and it has strict criteria when selecting raw materials for farming.  of which is that natural sources are chosen for their upcycling potential, tied into waste reduction and circular economy efforts. BIONAP is also proud of its initiatives that build and communities for its employees across the supply chain.

Natural Remedies avoids the use of any endangered herb and focuses on only using the parts of the plant that can be regenerated. Integrated farming practices mean that they plan herbs that the non-active parts can be used as animal fodder, which also helps in carbon issues as the biomass can be returned to the soil.

Wuling Biotech is the only company in the world to use the patented Juncao technology to cultivate Reishi. Juncao is a wild grass combination identified as an optimal and natural growing medium for a variety of mushroom species, and has especially been planted in poverty relief efforts. The mushrooms themselves have proven improved efficacy levels, and after harvesting, the byproduct can be upcycled as functional animal feed.

Gong Bih are committed to sustainable and organic-certified production of their Chlorella ingredient and finished products. Growing under natural sunlight in outdoor cultivation pools, the water used for growing Chlorella goes through an internal process to recycle, clean, and purify the water without any use of pesticides.

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