OEM for new raw materials from extracts

Development of new extracts

We develop new raw materials from extracts by a supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction method and create new business opportunities.

Supercritical CO2 extraction can obtain new extracts which are hard to be extracted using water.
We entirely support the development of a product using the data and know-how we have accumulated between the founding of the company in 1900 and the present day.

Merits of supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2)extraction
Fat-soluble ingredients (oils and fats, pigment) are usually extracted with organic solvents (hexane, etc.), but the organic solvents remain in the extract, which is considered as a problem. Carbon dioxide is harmless to the human body and can be used as an extraction solvent which is used as a substitute for organic solvent. In addition, as the extraction process is performed under an oxygen-free environment with no light, there is no need to worry about oxidation or photolysis of the ingredients.

Image of new product development by the supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction method

  • Supplements/extraction of functional ingredients: Development of supplements with saw palmetto extract
  • Aromatic oils/extraction of essential oil ingredients: Development of new aromatic oils by extracting essential oil ingredients such as
lavender and clove
  • Beverages/decaffeinated drinks: Development of new products with caffeine ingredients removed
  • Cosmetics/extraction of beauty ingredients: Development of new cosmetics by extracting beauty ingredients such as astaxanthin
  • Food/fat removal: Development of low-calorie rice with only fat ingredients removed
  • Intermediate raw materials: Development of raw materials contained in products (joint development is possible)
Raw material Extract
Coffee beans, tea leaves Caffeine (alkaloids)
Hop α-acids (hop extract)
Tobacco leaves Nicotine (alkaloids)
Algae Beta-Carotene, astaxanthin (carotenoids)
Crude propolis Propolis
Flavor Vanilla beans Vanillin
Rose Essential oil (2-phenylethanol)
Lavender Essential oil (lavender oil)
Jasmine Essential oil (benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate, phytol, fatty acid methyl ester)
Peppermint Essential oil (mint oil)
Peppermint oil Menthol (fraction: removal of ingredients with unpleasant taste and resin ingredients)
Citrus fruit peel Citrus oil
Green tea (unfermented tea)、Oolong Tea (half-fermented tea)、Black tea (fermented tea) Fat-soluble flavor ingredient
Spices Ginger Gingerol (pungent ingredient)
Red pepper, paprika Capsaicin (carotenoids)
angelica, allspice, cardamom, sage, celery,caraway, clove,coriander, etc. Essential oil
Fish oil EPA、DHA
Turmeric Essential oil (turmerone: sesquiterpenes), curcumin

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What is supercritical CO2 extraction?

It is a fluid that is beyond the limit (critical point) of temperature and pressure in which gas and liquid can coexist, and has a gas property (diffusion property) of being able to enter anywhere and also a liquid property (solubility) that dissolves ingredients.

Range of techniques using supercritical fluid: In the supercritical area of carbon dioxide, ingredients that are easily oxidized or are weak to high temperatures such as hot water can be extracted, so there are more extractable ranges with increased added value of the raw material obtained.

Development of new raw materials from extracts and the flow of OEM

  • 1Meeting
    Confirmation of the needs of manufacturing the product and discussions on the natural product that the client would like to extract
  • 2Trial production
    Trial extraction is conducted using the natural product in question. When using the supercritical CO2 extraction method, we conduct an extraction test using a trial machine that is 1/1000 the size of the actual production machine.
  • 3Evaluation
    Extracted ingredients obtained from the trial extraction are analyzed and evaluated.
  • 4Discussion for
    actual production
    If the sample extract obtained reaches a high enough level in terms of quality and ingredients, we calculate the cost of actual production and perform a scale-up test using an actual production machine.
  • 5Manufacturing
    We determine the extraction conditions based on the result of the scale-up test and manufacture the product
  • 6Delivery of the product

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