Roquette launches new excipient for stability of probiotic supplements

PEARLITOL ProTec is fully compliant with the standards of all major pharmacopeias

French firm Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients and a leading provider of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical excipients, has announced the launch of its new excipient – PEARLITOL ProTec. A unique, plant-based co-processed blend of mannitol and maize starch, this solution protects and stabilises moisture sensitive active ingredients like probiotics, unlocking longer shelf life, improved consistency and wider opportunities for consumer-friendly dosage formats.

The probiotic supplement market is currently undergoing a renaissance. Looking at the European market specifically, there has been a gradual relaxation of guidance surrounding the use of the term “probiotic” on packaging and in sales communications since 2018, leading to a corresponding uptick in shopper interest.

Across the Atlantic, sales of probiotic products have increased by 33% since 2020, and this expanded demand is unlikely to slow. Indeed, the US probiotic market is expected to post a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 13.5% between 2022-2027.

There is clearly an appetite among health-conscious consumers for greater choice when it comes to probiotic supplements, but addressing this demand poses challenges for producers. To help manufacturers address these processing challenges and meet today’s consumer preferences, Roquette developed PEARLITOL ProTec, a revolutionary plant-based excipient offering unmatched stabilisation and organoleptic properties.

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