BRING INNOVATION TO FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Consumer demand for novel, better-tasting products is constantly growing, making manufacturers focus on innovation. Whether it’s controlling the release of flavourings, ensuring longer shelf-life, enhancing flavours or introducing new functional ingredients, our advanced microencapsulation technology is a great tool to offer innovative food and beverages that look appealing and taste great. We can help you meet consumers’ desire for new sensations.

We provide R&D services and look for partnerships with manufacturers of food and beverages to meet the changing, diversifying expectations of consumers who want innovative, better-tasting products.

TRANSFORM YOUR IDEAS INTO INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS WITH OUR CONTROLLED-RELEASE MICROCAPSULES

SMART MICROCAPSULES FOR FOOD AND BEVERAGES

Microencapsulation is not a new technique today, and it solves many production and storage challenges. However, with our advanced microencapsulation technology, you can go much further. Our technology will help you create truly innovative products and realise your most bold ideas. Whether it is ensuring longer shelf-life, creating better-tasting products or intensifying flavours, colours, and aromas, we can help you develop unique food and beverages that look appealing and taste great.

 

Our controlled-release microcapsules are a great tool to bring your creativity into application, experiment with the delivery system of flavours, colours, textures, and visual appearance and offer new sensory experiences.

Controlled-release microencapsulation for food and beverages

WE OFFER A BETTER ALTERNATIVE TO LIPOSOMES

Liposomes have been used for several decades primarily for drug delivery and for the encapsulation of bioactives in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals. The use of liposomes in food applications is more recent and is gaining popularity. However, liposomes are physicochemically unstable and known for leakage and fusion of encapsulated ingredients, limited control over release function, uneven particle size, and low loading capacity. Liposomes are also more prone to lipid oxidation, require post-processing and involve high costs for large-scale production.

 

Emulsions, including Pickering double emulsions, also found applications in the food industry. Similarly to liposomes, emulsions have limitations in food applications. Emulsions face stability challenges, affecting their shelf life and application prospects, particularly Pickering double emulsions. Emulsions also lack a controlled release function, enabling only passive elution. Other limitations include protein aggregation risks, storage sensitivity, and formulation issues, influencing their suitability for food applications.

 

In contrast, our microcapsules are highly stable. Our technology creates a physical barrier isolating and protecting active ingredients against degradation when exposed to environmental and processing factors, such as heat, sunlight, moisture, oxidation, or incompatibility and undesirable interactions with food constituents. It also masks off-flavour notes and unappealing taste or colour, making redundant expensive flavourings, sweeteners, colourings, and other masking agents. Effectively sealing the content, our microcapsules are stable, invisible, tasteless and odourless. Having a high loading capacity, they are versatile, applicable for the incorporation of any ingredients, both hydrophilic and hydrophobic, and are suitable for large-scale, cost-effective production.

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    Highly stable.

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    The shell isolates and protects active ingredients against degrading factors, incompatibility and interactions with food constituents.

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    Possess the functions of controlled and targeted delivery of active substances.

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    Versatile, applicable for the incorporation of any active substances, both hydrophilic and hydrophobic.

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    Able to hold massive payloads.

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    Suitable for large-scale, cost-effective production.

SMART CONTROLLED-RELEASE MICROCAPSULES FOR THE FOOD INDUSTRY

But most importantly, and what makes it unique, is a controlled release function. Our smart microcapsules deliver compounds at the right place, at the right time, and under certain conditions. We can precisely programme the release profile. The controlled and sustained release of functional ingredients provides bioactivity for a longer duration. Our smart microcapsules can be programmed to open and release active ingredients at a desired time and with the required kinetics. Our technology also allows for targeted delivery, where the encapsulated substances are predictably released at the target site, improving the effectiveness of the bioactive compounds, broadening the application range and ensuring optimal dosage, thereby improving cost efficiency. We also introduce triggered release, creating microcapsules that are responsive to the surrounding environment or external other stimuli. The release mechanism is your choice. It can be a change in pH or temperature, the application of pressure or the increase in moisture. There are many options.

 

Our controlled-release microcapsules are a great tool to bring your creativity into application, experiment with the delivery system of flavours, colours and textures, and offer new sensory experiences.

  • PROLONGED RELEASE

    Our microcapsules can provide immediate release or sustained and prolonged release of active ingredients over periods of hours to months.

  • RELEASE WITH THE REQUIRED KINETICS

    Our microcapsules provide the release of active ingredients at a desired rate and dosage.

  • TIMED RELEASE

    We can programme the microcapsule shells to open and release active ingredients at a desired time.

  • TRIGGERED RELEASE

    We introduce the release-on-demand mechanism. The microcapsule opening can be triggered by environmental conditions (change in temperature, moisture, pH or other factors), mechanical action (friction, pressure and other forces) or external stimuli (ultrasound, NIR laser light, UV light and other stimuli).

     

CREATE INNOVATIVE FOOD AND BEVERAGES THAT LOOK APPEALING AND TASTE GREAT

Transform your ideas into unique products and revolutionise the way customers experience food and beverages.

WIDE CHOICE OF ACTIVE SUBSTANCES

 

We can encapsulate any active substance, liquid, solid or gas, including small molecules and microelements. Our microcapsules can hold multiple active substances, making them multifunctional.

 

WIDE CHOICE OF SHELL MATERIAL

 

We can choose from a wide range of FDA-approved food-grade polymers. We can make shells mono- or multi-layered. Our microcapsules can satisfy the specific needs of vegetarians and vegans.

HIGH STABILITY

 

Unlike liposomes and emulsion droplets, our polyelectrolyte microcapsules are highly stable.

 

 

 

 

HIGH LOADING CAPACITY

 

Our microcapsules can hold high volumes of active substances (active substances: 75-80%, polymers: 20-25%).

 

 

 

 

WE CAN HELP YOU INNOVATE

Our advanced microencapsulation technology provides a versatile platform for incorporating ingredients into food and beverages for health benefits as well as for enhancing flavours for a more interesting consumer experience. Allowing for the triggered and controlled release of active compounds at the desired place at desired concentrations, together with a variety of customisation options, our technology provides a fantastic opportunity to develop innovative food and beverages.

 

Successful products have both great performance and great taste. The flavour is fundamental to the success of food and beverages, and consumers are in search of new tastes and flavours. The old adage that says “If it doesn’t taste good, nothing else matters” is still true. On one hand, our technology can help eliminate unwanted flavours or taste of ingredients. On the other hand, it can intensify the flavours, colours, and aromas and give a product a better texture and mouthfeel experience. The rise of “Instagramable” food is sparking a desire to “eat with your eyes”, and colours are one of the key elements in attracting consumers’ attention. We can help brands innovate and provide enhanced sensory appeal to their food and beverages by adding bold, rich flavours or colours and amplifying the kokumi effect, or richness of taste.

HIGH STABILITY

Unlike liposomes and emulsions, our microcapsules are highly stable, creating a real barrier between active substances and the environment. Many active substances are sensitive to degradation when exposed to the acidic environment of the gastrointestinal tract. Our microcapsules show remarkable stability in the acidic pH, increasing bioavailability and overall efficacy.

HIGH STABILITY COMPARED TO LIPOSOMES

 

Today, the most common encapsulation systems are represented by liposomes and the emulsification into microdroplets. However, their significant drawback is poor stability. In contrast to liposomes and emulsions, our polyelectrolyte microcapsules are far more stable creating a real physical barrier between encapsulated substance and a surrounding environment.

 


REMARKABLE STABILITY UNDER ACIDIC pH

 

The stomach’s acidic environment and the exposure to the bile acids in the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract represent a challenge for active substances, especially for probiotics, reducing their bioavailability and efficacy. Our microcapsules survive the stomach’s acidic environment. They remain stable under acidic pH < 6 for more than 9 hours and reach the intestines, where the microencapsulated ingredients are absorbed and delivered to the target tissues and organs.


TIMED RELEASE

Possessing unique microencapsulation capabilities, we can precisely programme the release time of active compounds, achieving efficacy at an entirely different level. We introduce timed-release microcapsules, a new way to deliver active compounds. Our smart microcapsules can be programmed to open and release ingredients at a specific time of the day and with the required kinetics.

TARGETED DELIVERY

Bioavailability issues of active compounds can be resolved by preventing them from being used by cells other than the intended targets. We introduce an efficient delivery system for transporting and releasing active substances at the desired location and to the correct cell for maximum benefit. Active ingredients remain locked inside our programmed-shell microcapsules until they reach the target location.

TRIGGERED RELEASE

Our polyelectrolyte multi-layered composite microcapsules provide a versatile tool to create smart delivery systems sensitive to chemical, physical, or mechanical factors. Using our advanced microencapsulation, we achieve a broad range of controlled-release scenarios. Our microcapsules are engineered so that the compounds are released when desired. Our technology enables the release of active compounds triggered by environmental stimuli, mechanical action or remote stimuli.ctive compounds triggered by environmental stimuli, mechanical action or remote stimuli.

CHANGES IN THE ENVIRONMENT

 

Release of active substances can be triggered by changes in pH, ionic strength (salinity), solvent polarity, temperature, moisture and other factors.

 

EXTERNAL STIMULI

 

Release of active substances can be triggered by external stimuli, such as ultrasound or near-infrared (NIR) laser light, UV light and other stimuli.

 

MECHANICAL ACTION

 

Release of active substances can be triggered by mechanical action, such as friction, pressure and other forces.

 

 

Mask or enhance flavours, colours, and aromas
Mask unpleasant flavours and aromas and unattractive colours or boost the desired characteristics to improve palatability and product attractiveness.
Protect active ingredients
Protect active compounds from environmental conditions (moisture, oxidation, stomach pH, heat, sunlight, etc.) and interactions with other ingredients.
Improve bioavailability
Improve the bioavailability of active compounds to increase efficacy and allow the delivery of precise levels of the desired ingredient.
Increase stability
Increase the stability of active compounds resulting in the shelf-life extension.
Improve solubility and dispersibility
Increase solubility of the ingredients, especially of powdered forms, resulting in improved bioavailability, increase the uniformity of the final product and solve clumping issues.
Controlled and timed release
Controlled release of active substances at the right time and at the right place to improve efficacy, prolong action, and optimise dosage.
Triggered release
Introduce the release on-demand mechanism and add the possibility of a remote control. The release of active compounds is triggered by environmental stimuli, mechanical action or remote stimuli.
Introduce new ingredients and reduce costs
Make it possible to introduce new ingredients to broaden the product range, make redundant masking agents and reduce overages used to compensate for expected losses in nutrient potency.
PARTNER WITH US

We seek partnerships with manufacturers of food and beverages to bring our innovations to the market. Share with us your challenges and ideas. We will design tailor-made microencapsulation solutions for you. Experts in microencapsulation, we will help you transform your ideas into innovative products to appeal to the changing consumer demand and stay ahead of the latest trends.