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ACG launches new capsule ranges


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Almac Group obtains ISO certification for safety and environment management


with no e-number and available in a range of colours that are safe, non-toxic and that do not contain any artificial ingredients, and with the same product shelf life when compared to synthetic-coloured capsules. Selwyn Noronha, CEO of ACG


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Capsules, commented: “Consumer preference has shifted, and


CG has introduced ACGcaps™ NTone, a portfolio of naturally coloured capsules and


there is an increasing need for products with recognizable and simple ingredients. We anticipate real interest in these naturally coloured capsules, particularly for nutraceutical formulations, such as dietary supplements. Customers can fill them with powders, pellets, or granules.” The company has also introduced


ACGcaps™ TSafe, a range of capsules that are free of titanium dioxide and are available in different options for gelatin and HPMC ranges.


BASF Plastic Additives announces price increases


Effective immediately, or as existing contracts permit, BASF will increase prices for products in its additives portfolio for plastic applications globally by up to 20 per cent. The company says the price adjustment is primarily required due to significant volatility in pricing and availability for essential raw materials and the rapid escalation of freight rates. BASF Plastic Additives is a leading supplier, manufacturer and innovation partner for plastic


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additives with a comprehensive and innovative product portfolio that includes stabilizers to provide ease in processing, as well as heat and light resistance to a variety of polymers and applications including moulded articles, films, fibres, sheets and extruded profiles. The business is part of BASF’s Performance Chemicals division which also includes Fuel and Lubricant Solutions, Kaolin Minerals, and Oilfield and Mining Solutions.


Contract development and manufacturing organization Almac Group has been awarded ISO Certifications for its Integrated Health, Safety and Environment Management Systems under the ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 standards. The achievement follows an extensive virtual auditing process performed by the National Quality Assurance (NQA) certification body over a three- day period involving a range of virtual tours, presentations and an extensive review of Almac’s integrated management system. NQA determined that Almac demonstrated “a clear commitment to meeting the highest standards of HSE and accountability throughout the business” and that the company was fully accountable for ensuring these standards were maintained through integrated and standardized policies and


procedures. The certification covers Almac


Group’s provision of research, development, innovation and contract manufacturing services by each of its facilities based at its global headquarters campus at Craigavon in Northern Ireland, which employs over 3,500 individuals. The integrated framework gives all managers and employees guidance and support regarding the management of HSE, from identifying and handling risks, to evaluating and continuously improving processes and is continually updated and improved through regular assessments, reviews and internal audits. Almac Group’s HSE team is currently progressing the programme to extend the scope of both ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 to several of its European sites.


Brenntag Food & Nutrition and Axiom Foods in South American distribution


agreement Brenntag Food & Nutrition in South America has formed a new distribution agreement with Axiom Foods for its range of plant-based proteins in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru.


With this agreement, the two companies said they are committed to offering to the food industry allergen-free vegetable proteins and dairy alternatives to produce food, beverages and nutraceutical, from cereal


bars to pasta, ready-to-drink products (RTD) and non-dairy yogurts. Some ingredients used to manufacture Axiom products include rice, peas, oats, and sacha inchi. Brenntag said the new distribution agreement confirms its commitment to continue providing “excellent customer service” by strategically expanding product ranges to meet current and future market trends.


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