Tel Aviv manufacturer TopGum continues work on $30 million gummy supplement plant
Israel-based gummy supplement manufacturer TopGum Industries has continued construction of its new, $30 million plant, which is projected to be operational by the summer of 2023, writes Neill Barston.
Fully equipped with high-precision manufacturing technology adapted for the company’s propriety production process, the 11,000m2 facility will include robotics and automated systems throughout the production line, with cutting-edge technology and meets FDA and TGA regulations
“The deployment of such state-of-the-art systems will not only triple our production capacity, but also will raise the quality of the gummy supplements a level higher,” states Amichai Bar-Nir, CEO of TopGum.
“We will continue to channel investment in manufacturing and packaging infrastructure together with automation systems to constantly improve production efficiency and technological superiority. This new facility will allow us to meet the demand of our international customers, and to provide the highest quality of supplement gummies. We are recruiting the best minds from the international foodTech industry to support the existing innovative R&D projects and managerial roles in our fast expended company.”
Last year, TopGum launched it’s sugar-free vegan gummy supplement line of Gummiceuticals. The patent-pending formulation is based on a dietary prebiotic fibre formulation and uses no added sugars or any sugar alcohols. It can be labeled as “sugar free” in the US. The Gummiceuticals line is also clean-label, vegan, and gluten free, without compromising on the sweet flavur and enjoyable experience of consuming gummies.
Innova Market Insights reports that group 18-25 age prefers gummy supplements over all other supplements format (including functional food and beverages) while 26-35 group prefer functional food & beverages and gummy supplements to classic supplement formats. Over the first eight months of 2021, one quarter of vitamin and mineral launches were gummies. Gummy supplements have experienced double-digit growth (CAGR 16%) from 2016 through 2020. Vcaps (vegetarian caps) were 21% of launches (2021 YTD), up 5% in launch count CAGR.
Sugar reduction has been identified by multiple research and professional organizations as a primary health trend for consumers. A health and nutrition survey conducted last year by Euromonitor revealed that, when asked about sugar, nearly six in 10 consumers answered that it was “better” to “avoid it,” and that doing so made them “feel healthier.” The survey further noted that consumers are choosy about sugar substitutes, with about a third avoiding artificial sweeteners. A Datassential survey “’No sugar added” is a hot trending term for consumers today, as is the term “functional benefits.”
“The Gummiceuticals line answers the need of many consumers who want to enjoy their supplements, but without pills or sugar-laced gummy formats,” notes Hagai Stadler, Chairman of the Board of TopGum. “TopGum will continue to invest in breakthrough technology to take gummy supplements to the edge of technology, and to introduce innovative functionalities to gummies that will present new opportunities and serve new markets.”