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Seeking Crushable Capsules to Encapsulate Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Flavours

Background / Description

IPI is working with our Open Innovation partner from UK to seek crushable capsules for encapsulation of a wide spectrum of hydrophobic and hydrophilic flavours.

The client is an established manufacturer of FMCG (fast moving consumer good) products incorporating a range of flavourings (e.g. fruit, herb, botanical or synthetic versions). Flavours can enhance the consumer enjoyment of products and manufacturers are increasingly looking for versatile technology platforms to incorporate a variety of such ingredients into their product ranges. Food, health or consumer products often require the encapsulation of flavours or active ingredients to improve the stability or control the release for a specific trigger (including consumer activation). One way these are delivered is via soft or hard capsules, and common applications include, cosmetics, confectionary, chewing gum, detergents, nutraceuticals, etc.

The client is thus seeking collaborators for crushable capsules that can encapsulate a wide spectrum of hydrophobic and hydrophilic flavours in either a single-phase solvent, in an emulsion or suspension. The client would prefer a solution in development that has the capability to be manufactured at production scale in the near future. As they may require customisation of a solution, collaborators with testing and development facilities to enable product optimisation would be of higher interest to the client.

Technical Specifications

Potential solutions should have the following properties:-

  • Able to encapsulate hydrophobic and hydrophilic flavours in either a single-phase solvent, in an emulsion or suspension
  • Food grade or pharma grade standard
  • Spherical capsules with diameter of 2 - 4mm
  • Rupture with pressure (e.g. when chewed or squeezed)
  • Able to be manufactured at production scale (multiple tons) within 12 months
  • Shelf life of 12 months
  • Stable under high moisture conditions

The client has a number of established brands and is well placed to launch new products into their global markets. They are actively searching for new ingredient companies to support their product development efforts. This therefore represents an excellent business opportunity for an ongoing partnership with an established manufacturer.

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration
  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)

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