Pullach, Germany, May 10, 2016 – HERMES PHARMA, the expert in user-friendly oral dosage forms, has announced that its facility in Wolfratshausen, Germany now also meets the requirements to produce and package organic food substances. The company has been certified and is now authorized by a national control body to produce and label its organic food products as such, and use the well-known and highly-recognized European Organic Certificate. As of today, HERMES PHARMA can embrace the pharmafoods trend and engage with industry needs and meet European consumer demands.
The green, star-studded logo of the European Organic Certificate (the “Euro-leaf”) is perceived as a trusted source for high quality organically-grown and processed products, which health-conscious and well-informed consumers increasingly expect. Due to the consumer confidence it has gained, the logo has become one of the most respected seals in the industry, indicating full conformity with the conditions and regulations for the organic farming sector established by the European Union. The EU organic logo has become an advantageous and effective marketing instrument.
Over the last 15 years, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies have enhanced their product portfolios to respond to consumer needs for foods and beverages that fit into a healthy and active lifestyle. Initially, products were introduced that contained less sugar, fat and salt. Then foods appeared with additional ingredients aimed at specific medicinal benefits – probiotic yoghurts, for example. Food supplements including vitamin capsules, nutritional powders, liquids, etc. that contain nutritional or medicinal components have been continuously on the rise. Organic farming as an agricultural system that provides fresh, tasty and authentic food while respecting natural life-cycle systems has taken on more importance. Now there is a growing movement towards nutrient-dense food and beverage that in addition address the need for preventative health and reduce the risk of disease. These trends are leading to a convergence of the food and pharmaceutical industries, with some nutraceutical market estimates reaching $250 billion by end 2018.
The European Organic Certification for HERMES PHARMA’s Wolfratshausen Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) plant represents an important step in the company’s ability to meet the needs of modern consumers and the requirements deriving from a pharmaceutical industry that is converging with the food industry.
Dr. Thomas Hein, Senior Vice President Commercial and Regulatory Affairs at HERMES PHARMA, said, “The certification is an essential part of our strategy to leverage our development and manufacturing services to pharmafood companies. Thanks to our technological know-how and expertise in delivering products that meet the discerning standards of the pharmaceutical industry, we are now also ready to respond to the growing demand that pharmafoods will create.”
HERMES PHARMA’s first organic food customer is Bad Heilbrunner, a provider of medicinal plant-based teas and one of the most innovative mid-sized companies in Germany. Bad Heilbrunner provides medicinal teas, combining well established traditional herbal knowledge with modern well-being approaches in the development and manufacturing of tea.
About the European Organic Certificate
Organic certification is a response to an expanding worldwide demand for organic food. It seeks to assure quality, prevent fraud and promote commerce. Third-party regulatory certification enables consumers to purchase organic food with confidence in regulated sources. The objective of certification is to regulate and facilitate the sale of organic products to consumers. More:
About the organic logo of the European Union
The Euro leaf guarantees consumers that organic products are produced according to strict rules aimed at respecting the environment and animal welfare. The guarantee stipulates that the production of organic food must respect nature and that the products are produced sustainably. The operators of organic production are controlled once per year by control bodies or control authorities to ensure that they respect all organic rules as well as all health and consumer protection rules. Source:
Pharmafoods are considered food substances that are intended to improve health, and have come about as a result of the convergence of conventional foods with pharmaceuticals. They include Nutritional Supplements, Functional Foods and Medical Nutrition. Nutritional Supplements are vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other related products that add nutritional substances to fortify the diet. Functional Foods are foods with added nutrients, produced to improve health beyond the basic nutritional functions. Medical Nutrition products, usually prescribed by healthcare professionals, are specific nutritional compositions designed for disease intervention and to contribute to the therapeutic plan Source: industry
About HERMES PHARMA
HERMES PHARMA is the expert in the development and production of user-friendly oral dosage forms, including effervescent and chewable tablets, lozenges, orally disintegrating granules and instant drinks. The company provides custom solutions along the entire pharmaceutical value chain – from the development of new product ideas and formulations to production and regulatory support. For more than 40 years, leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies around the globe have been working with HERMES PHARMA to expand their product lines and grow their brands. Further information is available at www.hermes-pharma.com and
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