Increased Demand for Quality Aloe Products Requires Expansion of Nutrient-Rich Farming Operations
Austin, TEXAS – With a well-deserved reputation for its soothing topical effects on burns and wounds, Aloe vera has become increasingly recognized for its internal uses for boosting immune function, healing the digestive tract, modulating blood sugar levels and enhancing the bioavailability of vitamins C, E, B12 and the ORAC capacity of plasma. To meet the growing demand for premium-quality Aloe vera, Aloecorp, the world’s leading vertically-integrated supplier of bioactive Aloe ingredients, recently purchased a 200 hectare (almost 500 acre) farm east of Tampico, Mexico, in the state of Vera Cruz, near their other two farms and state-of-the-art processing center in Gonzales, Mexico. Aloecorp is also owner of the historical Hilltop Gardens in Lyford, Texas, the first commercial Aloe vera farming operation in the US.
“The conditions in Southern Mexico are perfect for producing the high quality Aloe vera leaves we require,” says Joseph Kim, Aloecorp’s Director of Texas and Mexico Operations. “The climate is frost-free and the farm is ideally located adjacent to the Panuco River, providing fresh water and plenty of nutrient-rich soil.” The first planting of 2.4 million pups, or baby off-shoots of mature Aloe vera plants, will take place by the years end. Aloecorp is proud to note that every Aloe vera plant on its farms originated from Hilltop Gardens, designated as the Historical Home of Aloe in the United States.
Kim also points out that Aloecorp’s farming activities are beneficial to the local economies. “Since establishing our farms in Mexico in 1990, Aloecorp has provided employment for over 250 local residents. The new facility will provide approximately 70 additional jobs to the area. Aloecorp is pleased to be a major employer in these rural sectors of Mexico.”
Commenting on the expansion of the farming operations, Peter Hafermann, President and CEO of Aloecorp, explained that the company is dedicated to clinical research to validate Aloe vera’s efficacy, having spent over $13 million to date. Hafermann added, “Consumers continue to demand more natural options to meet their health care needs; our investment in scientific research continues to uncover new benefits and uses for Aloe vera – as a result, interest and demand for scientifically validated, quality Aloe vera ingredients continues to grow. Expanding our farming operations allows us to meet that demand in an efficient manner.”
Aloecorp’s corporate headquarters are in Austin, Texas; its growing, processing and R&D centers are located in Lyford, Texas, Mexico and China. With a solid foundation in scientific methodology, Aloecorp’s products are supported by published, peer-reviewed studies. All the company’s products are subject to superior quality standards to guarantee purity, potency and biological activity. Aloecorp is part of the ECONET global family of health and wellness product companies.