Nektium botanicals to enter food and beverage sector

By Jim Cornall

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Nektium's facilities in Gran Canaria, Spain. Pic: Nektium
Nektium's facilities in Gran Canaria, Spain. Pic: Nektium

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Spanish company Nektium has expanded its botanical ingredient portfolio into the food and beverage sector for the first time.

The move means its clinically researched, branded plant extracts are now available for use in a wide range of applications beyond supplements, including dairy products, sports and energy drinks, gummies, and cereal bars.

Nektium’s portfolio includes Zynamite, a proprietary mango leaf extract (Mangifera indica​) clinically proven to help boost the mental and physical aspects of sports performance. It also supplies the adaptogen Rhodiolife, a rhodiola plant extract (Rhodiola rosea​) that has been shown to help improve cognitive health and enhance endurance.

Thomas Adler, chief business officer at Nektium, said, “The health benefits of natural plant extracts are gaining wider recognition, which means there is an exciting opportunity to take them beyond the dietary supplement and nutraceutical categories and into the more mainstream food and beverage sector.

“Following significant investment in our research and manufacturing capabilities, we have now been able to adapt our botanical ingredients so that they are suitable for use in a wide range of food and beverage applications, opening a major new opportunity for brands that are looking to harness growing consumer demand for natural health benefits in everyday products.”

Nektium also recently announced it is now a fully-certified organic operator.

Adler said, “Increasing numbers of consumers are looking for natural health products that have been manufactured in a sustainable way. Organic is a great way to communicate the ethical values of a brand to shoppers, so we’re excited that we can now offer our customers this option.”