Propolis is a compound created by bees which is high in polyphenols and offers a range of healing properties, including antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor.
Fytexia, a global developer of functional ingredients, has chosen to make a strategic investment in B Natural, to accelerate its growth and is now defining a plan for co-investment to develop new propolis-centered products.
The partnership aims to combine Fytexia’s expertise in polyphenol science with B Natural’s patented extraction method and batch-to-batch uniformity to turn this traditional product into a cutting-edge ingredient for the healthcare industry and add to the product portfolios of both companies.
Matthieu Arguillère, CEO of Fytexia, stated: “We are very excited by this investment and we believe that it will open up new growth opportunities. There are major opportunities for synergies between Fytexia and B Natural, some of them immediately applicable. This partnership will allow Fytexia and B Natural to create a strong European leader in polyphenols.”
Gianluca Imbriani, CEO of B Natural, stated: “Making a traditional material such as Propolis into a very premium ingredient is very exciting. We worked a lot over the past years securing sourcing, and ensuring the quality and standardization of our propolis product. We believe that together with Fytexia we will be able to accelerate the development of propolis and its scientifically proven health benefits. We share a common vision and our partnership should help in the development of health uses for a range of other polyphenols as well.“
Using its patented Dynamic Multi Extraction technology, B Natural’s Propolis M.E.D. product promises to contain an intact, identified and characterized polyphenolic complex, which can be used to obtain solid or liquid extracts containing always the same complex with the same activity.
The standardisation of Polyphenols is ensured through evaluation of six markers that corresponds to the 25% of the total amount of the Polyphenols indicated in the titration: Apigenin, Chrysin, Galangin, Pinobaskin, Pinocembrin, Quercetin.
The ingredient is added into products offering a wide range of health benefits, including: respiratory health, oral care, gastrointestinal health, and intimate care.
Other bee products in the range include honey powder, bee pollen, and royal jelly.