Best Formulations Announces Vegetarian, Non-Animal Softgel

City of Industry, CA, February 28, 2007 — Best Formulations announces the development of VGel™, a new non-animal, vegetarian softgel that is ready for production.

VGel™ is formulated with a unique, patent-pending carrageenan and starch blend from FMC BioPolymer. Best Formulations is one of a few select number softgel manufacturers to whom FMC BioPolymer has licensed this new technology.

Dietary supplement companies have been looking at non-animal softgels for years, but the options available were limited and the products available had a number of problems. “There is no truly commercially viable vegetarian softgel product in the marketplace. The non-animal products currently available are extremely brittle, and there are great limitations in terms of fill volume (size) and content. We’ve known for years that it would take a raw material supplier to develop a non-animal gelatin formula that would exhibit the same characteristics of animal-based gelatin, and we believe FMC has done it. We’re experts at softgel formulation and production on a large, commercial scale, so this partnership with FMC is a win-win situation for the entire industry in marrying advances in ingredient formulation and manufacturing expertise to create a truly viable vegetarian softgel” explained Robin Koon, Senior Vice President.

There is a growing demand for non-animal based vegetarian products. Although the public’s fear of BSE has waned in the past couple of years, there are a number of advantages of vegetarian softgels over animal-based products including:

- appeal to higher-end consumers

- simplification of product registration for export

- conformance to religious or dietary considerations

According to softgel veteran Donald Steele, Vice President Softgels, “a commercially viable non-animal softgel has been the goal of softgel manufacturers for years, a sort of ‘Holy Grail.’ I’ve been in this industry for over 30 years, and I’ve seen it all. This new carrageenan material is the first that I’ve worked with that really exhibits the same characteristics of animal-based gelatins, and I feel confidant that it will work on a large mass production scale.”

Best Formulations is a leading contract manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, and is best known for its softgel manufacturing expertise. “We’ve been known as the company that can put anything into a softgel. We specialize in the really difficult paste formulations that other companies can’t do. By having VGel™ in our product mix, we can truly provide our customers with the best softgel products, choices, and services in the market. We’ve spent a lot of resources in working with FMC to develop this vegetarian softgel, and we’re excited at the potential as this really fills a need in the marketplace” added Eugene Ung, Director of Marketing.

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For additional information, please contact Eugene Ung at 626.912.9998 or email [email protected]

Best Formulations is a quality pharmaceutical and nutraceutical contract manufacturer of softgels, tablets, capsules, powders, teas, and liquids located in the City of Industry, CA. Best Formulations has an FDA drug license and is NNFA cGMP certified. Please visit us online at for more information.

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