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Natural Extracts: A New Wave of Expanding Application
PRESENT AND FUTURE
    
Domestic Botanical Extracts Industry
  • export volume in 2002

    US$ 200 million

  • 2011

    US$ 1.047 billion

  • 2013

    US$ 1.412 billion

  • 2015

    US$ 2 billion+

  • 2016

    US$ 1.927 billion

  • 2017

    US$ 2.01 billion

  • 2018

    US$ 2.368 billion

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Application of Plant Extracts

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Coloring

There are dozens of plant pigments available in China, such as curcumin, safflower yellow, radish red, beet red, sorghum red, pepper red, etc.

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Flavor output

Such as sweeteners and volatile substances, currently popular natural sweeteners like stevioside, mogroside, etc.

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Pharmacological effects

The use of Chinese herbal medicines has a long history and is relatively prosperous in Asia

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Health care function

The ingredients in plant extracts include glycosides, acids, polyphenols, polysaccharides, terpenes, flavonoids, alkaloids, etc. These ingredients have been proved to be biologically active in research, and have a negligible effect on human health

Plant Extracts Used in Food&Beverage

According to the latest statistics from Innova, in 2019, the leading categories that tracked the release of new products containing plant extracts in the world were soft drinks (13%), ready meals and side dishes (10%), and baking (9%). And plant extracts are not only used as dietary supplements, but also used more and more in food and beverage.
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Top Five Raw Materials Used in 2019


  • Rosemary Extract

  • Hops Extract

  • Onion Extract

  • Guarana Extract

  • Fructus Monordicae Extract(Monk Fruit)

In New Food and Ingredients

Emerging Trends

What new foods are manufacturers pushing to obtain authorization? According to the UK's Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, emerging trends include : Healthy Food/Health claim/Novel protein/Circular economy and sustainable development.The leaves are used for herbal infusions or herbal ingredients. In short, as consumers become more interested in sustainable products, it is expected that there will be more such applications in the future.
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Natural Health Products

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Curcumin

Taking the American herbal supplement market as an example, the trend of the mainstream varieties recently shows that the "Ayurvedic era" is coming, and the most typical one is curcumin. In 2018, curcumin sales in the US reached 328 million US dollars, and it is expected to reach 441 million US dollars in sales in 2020. In addition to curcumin, the most potential raw material in the Ayurvedic herbal system a few days ago is Ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha

Modern scientific research has shown that ashwagandrolone, alkaloids, steroids, etc., present in crushed eggplant in South Africa, the active ingredients also have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, stress relief, immune immunity, memory improvement, cognition, anti-cancer, etc. Kind of physiological function.
With the increase of consumers' health awareness and changes in lifestyle, natural health products have attracted people's attention and favor.The product category based on plant-based products is developing rapidly, and the raw materials and products of plant herbs are also taking advantage. Chinese botanical herbs and Indian Ayurvedic herbs are typical.Taking the American herbal supplement market as an example, the trend of the mainstream varieties recently shows that the "Ayurvedic era" is coming, and the most typical one is curcumin. In 2018, curcumin sales in the US reached 328 million US dollars, and it is expected to reach 441 million US dollars in sales in 2020. In addition to curcumin, the most potential raw material in the Ayurvedic herbal system a few days ago is Ashwagandha.Modern scientific research has shown that ashwagandrolone, alkaloids, steroids, etc., present in crushed eggplant in South Africa, the active ingredients also have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, stress relief, immune immunity, memory improvement, cognition, anti-cancer, etc. Kind of physiological function.
  • Restrictions on regulations

  • The industrial processing is unevenly distributed

  • The supporting system is imperfect

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    PAIN POINT 1 - Different countries have different requirements for plant extracts, and product applications vary. The difference in uses directly affects the applicability of raw material types, and only categories that meet the requirements can enter the market, and there are many restrictions.
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    PAIN POINT 2 -Because of technical constraints, China mainly focuses on crude extracts, while in-depth development is limited by technology and regulations. Development is not ideal and lacks international competitiveness.
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    PAIN POINT 3 -Plant extracts are China's emerging industries, and most of them do not have corresponding production standards and regulations. The supervision lacks effective implementation, product quality is uneven, the industrial regulation still has a long way to go.
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