Exploring Natural Ingredients in China

The China Natural Ingredients Conference (CNIC) united health and nutrition professionals to discuss Chinese and U.S. regulatory matters, technologies for extraction of nutritional ingredients, and science related to the potential benefits of a variety of natural ingredients.

Heather Granato, VP, Partnerships & Sustainability

November 17, 2017

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Exploring Natural Ingredients in China

In late October, the sixth China Natural Ingredients Conference (CNIC) was held in Handan, China. Hosted by Herbridge media and the Chinese Loren Israelsen, UNPA Executive DirectorChamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines and Health Products (CCCMHPIE) and major sponsor Chenguang Biotech Group Co. Ltd. (CCGB), the event attracted nearly 400 industry members for a two-day, deep-dive conference. Among the topics on the table were Chinese and U.S. regulatory changes that could impact the industry; new technologies for extraction of nutritional ingredients; and science related to the health effects of probiotics, prebiotics, medicinal mushrooms and more.

Among the speakers were two U.S. industry representatives. Loren Israelsen, executive director of the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), spoke to the assembly regarding basic changes in the U.S. regulatory paradigm governing nutritional ingredients and import. His talk looked at issues including GMP (good manufacturing practice) compliance, how the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has impacted the market, and opportunities for China to “brand" its ingredients for acceptance in the U.S. market. Of particular importance is focusing on traceability and messaging about sustainability.

In addition, Sherry Wang, Sherry Wang, IngredientsOnline.com Presidentpresident of IngredientsOnline.com, discussed how technology is impacting the supply chain for nutritional ingredients. Wang echoed Israelsen’s comments regarding the importance of traceability, illustrating how users of her company’s platform can get real-time information about ingredients, including pricing, availability, quality certifications and much more.

While attendees had the opportunity to connect with sponsors on site, more than 200 took advantage of the opportunity to visit the main headquarters and production facilities of CCGB near Handan. Covering more than 7 hectres, the operation encompasses a range of extraction facilities and techniques. (To get a look at the Handan facility, click here for a photo tour.) The company is the largest paprika oleoresin producer in the world, and a leading supplier of raw stevia extract. In speaking with Mr. Lu Qingguo, the president of CCGB, he noted the company has invested in technology to optimize its growth potential, contracts on a long-term basis with farmers and places extraction facilities in the growing areas to optimize freshness, and focuses on how to make the most of any type of raw material.

For example, the company currently produces lycopene using tomato skins, which were originally just used for animal feed after processing into tomato sauce. President Lu commented there are a range of other “waste stream" products that could offer commercially viable levels of nutritional compounds if production techniques were optimized. He cited citrus skin for its potential to yield phenolic compounds and thickeners, licorice flavonoids beyond glycyrrhizic acid, and even tobacco leaf for potential natural pesticides.

About the Author(s)

Heather Granato

VP, Partnerships & Sustainability, Informa Markets, Food EMEA division

Heather Granato is a 30-year veteran of the natural products industry, currently serving as vice president, partnerships & sustainability, in the Food EMEA division of Informa Markets. She is based in London, and leads efforts related to industry partnerships and broader sustainability initiatives for the Vitafoods and Food ingredients brands. She has been a presenter at events including SupplySide, Vitafoods, Food ingredients, Natural Products Expo, the Natural Gourmet Show and the Folio: Show. Her publishing experience includes Natural Products Insider, Food Product Design, Vitafoods Insights, Country Living's Healthy Living, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Delicious Magazine and WomenOf.com. Granato serves as the founding president of Women In Nutraceuticals, a global non-profit founded in 2022 focused on empowering women in the nutraceutical industry; she is also on the board of directors for the Organic & Natural Health Association. From 2016 to 2022, she was a vice president on the national governing board of Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity. Granato was named to the FOLIO: 100 list of top media professionals in 2018, and was selected as a 2015 Top Woman in Media by FOLIO:. She received the 2014 Visionary Award and the 2018 Journalistic Excellence Award from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and was honored with the CEO Merit Award for Content from Virgo in 2014. Granato graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, Virginia, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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