Evolva is a pioneer and global leader in sustainable, fermentation-based approaches to ingredients for health, wellness and nutrition. Evolva’s products include stevia, vanilla, saffron and resveratrol. As well as developing its own proprietary ingredients, Evolva also deploys its technology for partners, providing them with a competitive edge and sharing in the returns they make. For more information see www.evolva.com.
Resveratrol is a compound produced in grapes and other plants. It occurs in red wine, albeit at low concentrations. Scientific and clinical research indicates that resveratrol may have benefits against several age related health conditions, in particular those associated with diabetes, inflammation and cardiovascular health.
Most resveratrol products on the market today are low-purity Chinese extracts obtained from the roots of the Japanese knotweed, an invasive weed. Other natural sources include the skin of grapes and berries such as lingonberries but commercially available products tend to be low purity and expensive. There is also a synthetic version of resveratrol.
Evolva’s product is high-purity (>98%), with a controlled and reliable supply chain, produced via yeast fermentation from natural and sustainable feedstocks. It is the only resveratrol product made by brewing. It has Self-Affirmed GRAS (“Generally Recognised As Safe”) status in the United States and Novel Foods authorisation in the European Union for use in Dietary Supplements. A ruling in 2013 by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is expected to facilitate the approval process for the product in Japan.
Today, by far the largest use of resveratrol is in dietary supplements but there is considerable room for expansion as the market is still in its infancy. Over time Evolva believes resveratrol could also be used more widely in food and beverage products, personal care and animal health and nutrition.
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