Lonza today announces that its new Vcaps® Plus White Opal™ capsule

Basel (CH), 6 May 2019 – Lonza today announces that its new Vcaps® Plus White Opalcapsule, which is designed to address the growing demand for opaque capsules that do not include titanium dioxide, is coming soon to the market. By using an alternative opacifier, this new clean-label capsule offers a natural semi-opaque look that masks unattractive food supplement ingredients. The new Vcaps® Plus White Opal™ capsule will be presented this week at Vitafoods Europe 2019 in Geneva, where Lonza is the Official Capsule Sponsor.

Demand for a Titanium Dioxide Alternative

Food-grade titanium dioxide, also known as E 171, is a common white pigment that has a long history of use in food supplement applications for its brightness and opacifying properties. However, recent scientific studies indicated potential risks associated with the presence of nanoparticles. Although the data is not conclusive and further research is needed, these findings question the justified use of nanoparticle titanium dioxide as a food additive. With strong ongoing public debate, the marketing of titanium dioxide-containing foodstuffs will be suspended in France beginning January 1, 2020.

As consumer awareness increases, supplement producers are seeking more natural alternatives that are free from titanium dioxide. Lonza’s new Vcaps® Plus White Opal capsule, the latest addition to its Capsugel® range of clean-label plant-based capsules, is an ideal solution for supplement manufacturers.

Joachim Meier, Director, Head of Sales EMEA, Lonza Consumer Health & Nutrition, commented: “With four out of five supplement users citing ‘unquestionable safety’ as a key decision-making factor when purchasing supplements, Lonza has developed the Vcaps® Plus White Opal™ capsule as a high-quality, cutting-edge solution that meets evolving consumer preferences. As a pioneer in vegetarian capsules with expertise in R&D, scale-up and the regulatory landscape, Lonza can help support supplement manufacturers in the development of innovative products with clean-label benefits.”

Time for Color

Lonza will also be showcasing its expanding portfolio of clean-label food colored capsules at Vitafoods, including the Vcaps® Plus Blue Spirulina and Purple Carrot capsules and the soon-to-be launched Red Radish and Spicy Yellow. These next-generation capsules enable supplement brands to create vibrant products with colorful appeal, while also maintaining a natural appearance and delivering improved supply chain transparency.

Lonza is the Official Capsule Sponsor of Vitafoods Europe 2019. Visit us at booth G10, from 7-9 May, where you can talk to the experts, or visit www.capsugel.com for more information.

About Lonza

Lonza is an integrated solutions provider that creates value along the Healthcare Continuum®. Through our Lonza Pharma Biotech & Nutrition segment and our Lonza Specialty Ingredients segment businesses, we harness science and technology to serve markets along this continuum. We focus on creating a healthy environment, promoting a healthier lifestyle and preventing illness through consumers’ preventive healthcare, as well as improving patient healthcare by supporting our customers to deliver innovative medicines that help treat or even cure severe diseases.

Patients and consumers benefit from our ability to transfer our pharma know-how to the healthcare, hygiene and fast-moving consumer goods environment and to the preservation and protection of the world where we live.

Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, Lonza today is a well-respected global company with more than 100 sites and offices and approximately 15,500 full-time employees worldwide at the end of 2018. The company generated sales of CHF 5.5 billion in 2018 with a CORE EBITDA of CHF 1.5 billion. Further information can be found at www.lonza.com.

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