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While manufacturers are hard at work on new product formulations to better serve their customers, packaging companies are focused on the task of serving theirs, as well. Much thought and investment go into producing these containers before finished product makers can finally place their products into them. Here’s a look at the regulations, innovations and eco-friendly trends impacting the packaging sector.

New from Graminex LLC are PolliFruit Capsules, which contain Graminex G63, grapefruit powder, royal jelly and vitamins A and E. According to the company, this product is intended to help individuals feel better during times when optimum nutrient levels are down due to exercise, stress, growth and development, and weight loss or gain.

LycoRed Ltd. now has beta-carotene colorant formulations made with Lyc-O-Beta Intense and BetaCote Intense. These components allow for increased color, but less colorant usage.

Xsto Solutions has introduced a Fish Oil Mini Soft Gel product line. The product is a result of a partnership with a global Norwegian fish oil supplier. The 500-mg softgels are made with high-quality, high-concentrate fish oil in the smallest sized softgels possible. The company says this helps end users to avoid swallowability issues.

Steviva Ingredients has developed Nectevia, an organic blend of blue agave nectar and stevia extract. The company says it is a good substitute for sugar, honey or corn syrup and can be used in applications such as baked goods, beverages, condiments and more.

DSM launched a high-potency vegetarian alternative to fish oil called life’sOMEGA60. Life’sOMEGA60 is a DHA and EPA omega-3 oil developed from a sustainable algae. The oil can be added to a variety of supplements and foods, including dairy products and beverages.

New to SunOpta Inc.’s line of valued-added ingredients are Whole Grain Corn Meals and Flours. These non-GMO, gluten-free and allergy-friendly products are organic and stabilized for a longer shelf life. They are available in 50-lb bags, super sacks or bulk.

New from HerbaKraft is Mi-Selein, an odorless selenium. Mi-Selein provides the benefits of L-selenomethionine, a highly-absorbable and bioavailable form of selenium, without an unpleasant odor. Mi-Selein is also made with an eco-friendly process that doesn’t create polluting waste, unlike standard selenium production methods.