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Seeking Food Grade Microcapsules for Flavour and/or Fragrance Release

Background / Description

IPI is working with our Open Innovation partner in UK to seek technologies of food grade microcapsules for flavour and/or fragrance release in a new product development application. Technology is to be provided by supplier of small samples for product testing in the short-term, with commercial volumes in the medium-long term.

The client is an established manufacturing company that seeks to work with suppliers with an existing portfolio of solutions that may be immediately applied or customised to meet their product need. The encapsulation solution MUST be:
• Food or pharmaceutical grade
• Commercially available (i.e. off-the shelf) or requiring very minimal development prior to commercial availability
• Within the microcapsule range

Technical Specifications

The client would like to identify suppliers with an existing portfolio of solutions that may be immediately applied or customised to meet their product need.

The encapsulation solution MUST be:
• Food or pharmaceutical grade
• Commercially available (i.e. off-the shelf) or requiring very minimal development prior to commercial availability
• Within the microcapsule range
In addition to the above, an ideal solution should have:
• Multiple / variable triggering mechanisms for release e.g. time, temperature, pH, enzymes, shear, etc.
• The ability to be printed or applied onto surfaces and therefore withstand associated processing conditions (e.g. 50% of microcapsules still intact after processing)
Potential suppliers MUST have the ability to:
• Rapidly encapsulate a range of flavours and fragrances and provide samples for testing with a quick turnaround (e.g. 100-500g samples in 1-4 weeks)
• Access their own flavour houses (i.e. the client does not want to supply the flavours themselves)
• Provide full disclosure of ingredients of the encapsulation technology and the actives that they encapsulate

The client is keen to correspond with any solution provider that can meet the specification above. Companies with experience of applying microcapsules to surfaces such as paper (e.g. for consumer marketing applications) are particularly interesting. Nevertheless, if there are companies that are unable to achieve one or two conditions, the client would like to hear from them to understand the extent of their limitation and assess if there is still scope to review further. The client is willing to explore all reasonable commercial agreements although a supplier-type relationship would be preferred.

Preferred Business Model

  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)
  • Others

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