Latest headlines from the carotenoids industry

Latest headlines from the carotenoids industry


Jun 8, 2023

Blog Food and Beverage Latest headlines from the carotenoids industry

Carotenoids are the pigments that give sweet potatoes, carrots, oranges – effectively any sunset-colored fruit or vegetable – their distinctive hue. In addition to making our plates more colorful, carotenoids have several commercial uses. They’re used extensively in the culinary, chemical, textile, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, not only as dyes and sources of provitamin A, but also as antioxidants and antibacterial agents  .

BCC Research estimates that the global carotenoid market will reach $2.7 billion by 2027, up from $2 billion in 2022. With growth on the horizon and innovations abound, here’s a rundown of some of the biggest news from the carotenoids industry.

ENTOD Pharmaceuticals launches a saffron-based eye care product in India

In India, ENTOD Pharmaceuticals, a research-based pharmaceutical business with over four decades of pharmaceutical competence in ophthalmology, ENT and dermatology medicine, has developed MACUSAFFTM, a saffron-based eye care supplement pill. Designed to improve visual performance, the pill is produced from 100% DNA-confirmed Persian-origin natural saffron extract with guaranteed 5% crocins and imported from France. This natural eye supplement aids in the treatment of a variety of eye problems, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa.

The use of Avivagen’s oxidized carotenoid-based feed additive product in Vietnam has been approved

Avivagen, a life sciences corporation dedicated to developing and commercializing products for livestock, announced that its oxidized carotenoid-based feed additive product was approved for use in Vietnam.

According to a survey by the US Grains Council, Vietnam has the largest feed market in Southeast Asia, with total annual feed consumption of more than 32 MMT in 2020. Plus, Vietnam is a strong growing market predicted to surpass 35 MMT of feed within the next few years. Pig production dominates the country, with feed for swine accounting for around 38% of total feed, followed by poultry accounting for 21.6 percent of total feed (2020). Aside from swine and poultry, Vietnam has a surprisingly big and quickly increasing dairy industry, which constitutes an important third target market segment for Avivagen’s product.

DSM to upgrade its carotenoid factory in Freeport, Texas

Wood, a consulting and engineering firm, signed a contract to renovate DSM Nutritional Products carotenoid production in Freeport, Texas. DSM is a Netherlands-based ingredient manufacturer for health, nutrition, and biotech applications. The arrangement builds on Wood’s earlier support for DSM initiatives in other locations, but it will be the first operations-focused project in the southern United States that Wood will sponsor for DSM. Individual projects such as civil, structural, plumbing, electrical and fiber optic improvements are included in the contract as part of a wider, site-wide renovation. Some foundations, electrical equipment, conduits and wiring in the current Freeport complex will be dismantled as part of these improvements. The majority of project responsibilities will be handled by Wood’s in-house professionals.

Researchers from Japan and the United States discovered that the pigments that determine tomato color also affect its flavor

A tomato’s flavor is the result of an interplay between its taste and scent. Researchers from Japan and the United States have discovered that the pigments that determine tomato color also affect its flavor. Researchers from the University of Tsukuba created a novel method to rapidly analyze the pigment profiles of tomatoes in a study, and they utilized the approach to investigate how pigments affect the flavor and scent of different tomato varieties. Tomato color is formed by a combination of pigments, including carotenoids and chlorophylls. These pigments can also influence the accumulation of flavor-related molecules such as sugars, which affect tomato flavor, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which control scent. The levels of pigments and flavor-related molecules fluctuate as tomato fruits ripen from green to red, but the relationship between color and flavor has been unknown until now.

Biodegradable plastic by extracting pigment from yeast using “green” solvents

Scientists from Brazil and Portugal have devised an environmentally viable method for producing biodegradable plastic by extracting pigment from yeast using “green” solvents. They show in research published in the journal Green Chemistry that this biodegradable plastic could be utilized in smart packaging with antioxidant and anti-microbial qualities in the future. Sustainable bioplastics developed from sugarcane, corn and potatoes are beginning to be commercially available, with applications similar to those of conventional polymers created from oil, gas and coal, which disintegrate over hundreds of years.

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    Olivia Lowden

    Written By Olivia Lowden

    Olivia Lowden is a Junior Copywriter at BCC Research, writing content on everything from sustainability to fintech. Before beginning at BCC Research, she received a First-Class Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

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