Press Release

Hayashibara Announces Plans to Expand Reach in Pullulan Capsules Market


Hayashibara Co., Ltd.

Hayashibara Co., Ltd. (Hayashibara), a wholly owned subsidiary of NAGASE & CO., LTD., (NAGASE), announced today that it has finalized a long-term agreement with Lonza Ltd. (Lonza), a leading supplier to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets. The agreement will enhance a strategic partnership between the companies to further expand in the market of capsules made from Pullulan.

Pullulan is a polysaccharide with high water solubility that is naturally fermented from starch and offers excellent adhesive and coating properties. Since developing our production method in 1972, Hayashibara’s Pullulan is now widely used in food ingredients, cosmetic ingredients, and pharmaceutical ingredients – including capsules used for nutritional supplements. By renewing and enhancing our manufacturing footprint of Pullulan, Hayashibara continues to provide a steady supply for expanding demand of plant-derived ingredients.

Over the years, Hayashibara and Lonza have developed a strong business relationship, combining quality and innovation to serve the needs of the discerning consumer of clean label supplements. The two companies will continue their long-term partnership to accelerate mutual business growth and joint-development of new initiatives to meet consumers’ demands for products that promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Lonza Consumer Health President Erasmo Schutzer (R) and Hayashibara President Naoki Yasuba (L)

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