Rousselot has announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has received US Patent No. 11,490,634, securing Rousselot’s intellectual property for SiMoGel, a gelatine technology that removes the need for starch-based gummy production.
SiMoGel allows for the production of nutraceutical gummies using silicone or metal moulds, which are easily cleaned and eliminate dust during production, unlike traditional starch trays. SiMoGel also reduces setting time to less than 30 minutes, compared to 24 hours for conventional starch-based production.
In November 2021, the company also received a patent from the European Patent Office (EPO) for SiMoGel for all major European countries.
“Because of taste, convenience and effectiveness, functional gummies are one of the fastest growing nutraceutical segments across Europe, North America and Asia,” said Pierre-Albert Thomas, director of Rousselot Functional Ingredients. “Darling Ingredients’ Rousselot team has been on the cutting edge of developing world-class, gelatine-based solutions. Receiving patents from both the US Patent and Trademark office and the European Patent Office is a testament to our commitment to new and improved customer gelatine-based formulations.”
According to Future Market Insights, the nutraceutical gummy market grew at a compound annual growth rate of 12.5% from 2016 to 2020 and is forecasted to grow 15% compounded annually from 2021 to 2031.