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The Spanish company is an innovative biotechnology-based SME that has implemented a highly effective and efficient production process for the separation of the two valuable products of eggshell: membrane and calcium carbonate. Both products are highly valuable as food supplements for human and pet health care. The company is willing to find distribution or commercial agents in Germany and in the Benelux markets to introduce their products, mainly eggshell membrane into food supplement market.
The company is a biotechnology-based one located in Navarra (Spain) since 2012 that produces calcium carbonate and egg membrane from the separation of the eggshell components through a resource low-demanding mechanical process, where no chemical are used. The company has captured the arbitrage opportunity from eggshell waste generated by eggs processing sector through valorization of biological-based material feedstock by separating high value nutrients.
The Spanish company is one of the three companies worldwide that owns a patented method for removing the Eggshell Membrane (the inner part of the eggshell) and Calcium Carbonate (the external part of the eggshell) The raw materials are obtained by a non-chemical, completely clean and environmental-friendly process.
Since 2014 the company is leading an Eco-innovation project, co-financed by the European Commission, aiming to boost their commercialisation. As a result, the company has registered 4 different trademarks for the extracted pure eggshell membrane and the calcium carbonate. Three commercial trades marks for the membrane product, focused on human joint heath, on beauty products and to be used in pet food or vet products. Membrane is perfect to prevent and reduce diseases of the joints and improved the wellness of hair, nails and skin. An additional trade mark has been developed for the calcium carbonate product.
Recently the company has carried out a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) showing that the product has a very low environmental impact. Based on those results, an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD®) has been performed, aiming to respond better to the strictest client demands.
The eggshell membrane and the calcium carbonate are one of the most pure and natural source of collagen and calcium forms for food supplements. The products are gluten-free and feasible for ovo-vegetarian and Muslim consumers, compared to traditional collagen products.
In the case of the membrane extracted, several studies have demonstrated three main benefits: anti-inflammatory, analgesic and joint regenerator and it is specially effective in helping in joint function, strengthening joints, reducing joint pain, treating osteoarthritis, preventing joint lesions and it favours the activation and modulation of the immune system. These benefits have been demonstrated for human and pets health, and is especially beneficial for older people and sport trainers (runners and crossfitters), showing benefits from 7 to 10 first days. Additionally, to the health sector the egg membrane is a basic component for beauty treatments (skin, hair and nails) showing elasticity improvements from the second week.
The calcium carbonate obtained from eggshells is also a fully natural and environmentally friendly source of calcium with the highest digestibility rates compared to other sources such as laboratory precipitated, mineral quarry, lithothamne and oyster shell.
The company is willing to cooperate with commercial agents or distributors of natural complements for the pharmaceutical laboratories and food supplements companies, located in Germany or in the Benelux. Those agents must be highly experts in the field of health and beauty complements based on natural products. The company has a very close relationship with their commercial agents. The products are very specifics and a high coordination from both parts is needed, that mains that the commercial agents or distributors will work hand in hand with the company, enabling 4 -6 commercial meetings yearly with pharma laboratories where company´s technicians will take part. The commercial agreement is monitored with monthly reports and daily conferences. The product has a high profit margin but requires a close collaboration between both parts, where the commercial agents is considered as part of the company and therefore high compromise with the company and with the product is required.
- Highly efficient industrial process, based on physical extraction with no chemical. Patented in Europe.
- Collagen from egg membrane gluten-free and feasible for ovo-vegetarian and Muslim consumers.
- Innovative and natural product that improves joint functions and strengthens joints while reducing joint pain and treats osteoarthritis with anti-inflammatory, analgesic and joint regenerator, validated by studies carried out.
- Synergistic effect of all the bio-components (collagen, hyaluronic acid, chondoroitin and glucosamine), achieving more effective effects than those obtained in the current conventional treatments.
- Another of its distinguishing features compared to the rest of present treatments is the absence of side effects, which is advantageous for long-lasting treatments.
- This membrane coming from the eggshell represents a sustainable, ethical, heavy-metal free and environmentally friendly alternative.
- The calcium carbonate obtained from eggshells is a fully natural and environmentally friendly source of calcium with the highest digestibility rates compared to other sources such as laboratory precipitated, mineral quarry, lithothamne and oyster shell.
- The company has carried out a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) showing that the product has a very low environmental impact. Based on those results, an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD®) has been performed, aiming to respond better to the strictest client demands.
- The membrane contain by nature: Hyaluronic Acid (4%), Collagen (33-38%) Glucosamine (2%), Chondroitin sulfate (2%), Keratin (1%), Lysozyme (1%) and other elements: more than 500 different proteins (Growth factor β, Ovocalixin, Ovocleidin, Ovotransferrin, Elastin, Desmosine, Isodesmosine, Sulfur-bearing amino acids: Methionine, cysteine). Moreover calcium carbonate has higher levels of digestibility than others sources of calcium.
The company is looking for a commercial agent or distributor to build a strong business relationship based on trust, commitment, transparency. The company is very keen on working with companies willing to invest time, efforts, and looking after the design and an agreed plan of how to sell our products in the German and Benelux markets.
The company´s products are currently commercialised 30% into national market and 70% abroad.
- Type of partner sought: commercial agents or distributors of raw materials for food and feed complements as food supplements.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: German and Benelux pharma laboratories and food supplemens companies market for the production of dietary supplements.
- Task to be performed: the commercial agents and distributors will need to define commercial appointments with the most important pharma laboratories or dietary supplements producers located in each country. High expert technician of the company will accompany the commercial agent or distributor in these meetings, so the technical features of the product can be explained. The collaboration between both parts will be close and constantly monitored and reevaluated under defined procedures. Exclusivity for the product will be welcome but is not an exclusive requirement.