Pharmachem eyes functional beverages potential

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Pharmachem Laboratories has continues its aggressive expansion of recent years by purchasing a 130,000 square foot facility in Texas that will allow it to develop its presence in the functional beverages market.

New Jersey-based Pharmachem said the new facility and company, Alix Technologies, will provide it with bottling, hot fill (HTST) processing, cold fill (batch pasteurized) processing, and turnkey formulations and brings the number of subsidiaries to six.

A specialist in customized extractions, Pharmachem Laboratories purchased a 105,000 square foot dairy ingredient and natural product processing facility in Wisconsin in 2006 to its other acquisitions that include a large custom extraction facility and a specialty supplier of granulation bulk ingredients.

It also owns American Ingredients, a supplier of essential and proprietary ingredients, and Proprietary Nutritionals, a marketer of patented, science-based branded ingredients.

“Our goal is to help customers develop the right formula and packaging for innovative liquid nutritionals,”​ said David Holmes, founder and chief executive officer of Pharmachem.

“Combined with our existing R&D capabilities, Alix Technologies will be specifically designed to produce concentrated liquid nutrition, ready-to-drink syrups and slurries, energy drinks and super juice concentrates.”

Pharmachem has named the former CEO of Aloecorp, Peter Hafermann, as president of Alix Technologies.

The company could not be contacted prior to publication.

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One of Pharmachem’s offerings is a carbohydrate-blocker derived from white bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). This ingredient was initially used as a dietary supplement, but in 2006 it was declared GRAS, meaning it could also be used in food and beverage products in that market.

In February, Proprietary Nutritionals had its branded heart health ingredient, Sytrinol, GRAS-approved.

Derived from citrus peel, Sytrinol​ is a patented formula combining citrus polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs), alpha, delta and gamma tocotrienols and other constituents that have been shown to lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

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