Lycored expands US capacity to meet demand for carotenoid ingredients

USA – Global wellness company Lycored has opened a new processing plant in New Jersey, US, to meet growing demand for carotenoid ingredients.  

The plant is slated to enable Lycored to maximize the purity, efficacy and shelf-stability of its ingredients while exponentially increasing output capacity.    

“Our Branchburg facility boasts formidable milling and blending proficiency with state-of-the-art technology,” says Shirley Cohen, Lycored CEO. 

“It allows us to optimize nutrient efficacy and bioavailability while providing innovative formulations perfectly tailored to our customers’ requirements.” 

With the new facility, Lycored will now have advanced capabilities for milling, blending, drying, and coating, with extensive opportunities for customization.  

In addition, the site features an application lab and production line supporting taste application development.  

“These technologies allow us to craft custom coating and layering systems that optimize nutrient efficacy and bioavailability while protecting them for maximum shelf stability,” the company notes. 

Zev Ziegler, head of global brand and marketing, health, Lycored says the facility was “a necessary response to the growing demand we’re seeing for carotenoid ingredients, in particular in the field of beauty-from-within, but also areas like immunity.” 

“It will help us maximize the purity, efficacy and shelf-stability of our ingredients,” added Ziegler.

Lycored’s new plant follows a previous multi-million dollar move to double its lycopene production.  

The three-year investment targeted new lines, equipment as well as process and supply optimization strategies in a bid to harvest “record volumes” of tomatoes. 

The company has also invested heavily in a vertically integrated system to carefully control the entire journey from seed to supplement for its key products. 

 Lycored notes it has taken a number of steps to “dramatically reduce waste and preserve resources.” 

Some of the measures include reduced reliance on energy and transportation, AI-powered planting and harvesting systems, as well as single-solvent tomato oleoresin extraction that reduces water use. 

This allows Lycored to maximize wellness and efficacy, minimize waste and take care of the earth along the way, it underscores.  

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