- Arjuna Reports Elevated Demand for BCM-95® Turmeric Extract
Arjuna Natural Pvt, Ltd., announces a surge in demand for its range of key botanicals, especially its flagship BCM-95® turmeric extract. Consumers globally are expressing a greatly increased interest in natural solutions to take proactively as preventative healthcare measures.
"We have noted an upsurge in demand across the board for all of our products in recent weeks," reports Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. "Our BCM-95® — Curcugreen turmeric especially gained extraordinary popularity."
BCM-95's unique composition of curcumin and essential oil of turmeric has the backing of 68 scientific studies to date for its superior bioactivity and proven efficacy in alleviating numerous inflammatory conditions. It is now a leading industry standard for high-purity, organic, bioavailable curcumin.
"Immunity and well-being are broad concepts," adds Antony. "There is no one magic elixir for achieving optimal health. Nevertheless, consumers are going back to traditional medical roots and seeking foods and dietary supplements that can boost natural resilience, and help mitigate certain conditions they might already be suffering."
"In the Ayurvedic system of medicine, turmeric is highly valued for its reputation for alleviating various respiratory problems, such as asthma, allergy, colds, sinus infection, and inflammatory issues," explains P. J. Kunjachan, Chairman and Managing Director of Arjuna. "Modern research has reinforced turmeric's antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Its all-encompassing attributes, plus centuries of safe use, are factors that resonate with consumers and explain the ingredient's popularity in these trying times."
Demand for Arjuna's potent ashwagandha extract SHODEN® also has taken a recent upturn. Shoden® is recognized for its positive effect on mental well-being and is clinically proven to support restorative sleep. Shoden® fits into another category of natural aids that consumers are seeking to help cope with the stress aroused by social isolation and uncertainties for the future.
"We always maintain reserve capacities as part of standard procedure to deal with surges," contributes Antony. "The lockdown led to some brief backlogs." To cope, Arjuna rushed production orders and swiftly moved product to distributors before the onslaught of the worldwide transportation disruptions. At the same time, the company maintained its high standard of full traceability of the supply chain.
"As platforms for physical interactions and trade shows grind to a halt, we are reinforcing our digital presence and reinvigorating our marketing and communications plan," assures Antony. "Our customer service team is in constant contact with our clients and suppliers to overcome the logistical bottlenecks, to ensure stocks are adequately replenished, and to provide a safety net." The company faced only minor hurdles in sourcing raw materials, as its principal suppliers are local farmers and agro traders in Kerala. Moreover, Arjuna's R&D team has been working full force and in full compliance with all safety directives.
Social responsibility in good times and bad
Arjuna also has been actively contributing to the effort to flatten the COVID-19 curve. It donated 2,000 liters of hand sanitizer, manufactured in its own facility, to frontline pandemic forces. The company has retained its entire workforce, and salaries have been paid in full even during the full-phase lockdowns. The company also joins in government efforts to offer disaster relief. Currently It is supporting the coordination of community kitchens, to protect migrant laborers and those financially challenged. It has distributed masks as well as BCM-95® capsules to its employees and their families.
"Even in good times, we are attuned to our sense of responsibility to our community," adds Antony. "Arjuna has assisted in the construction of more than a dozen homes for underprivileged communities as part of its corporate social responsibility program. The company partners with tribal communities across India in acquiring high-quality herbs and botanicals, helping them become self-sustaining."
- Arjuna Natural Receives NSF Certification
Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd. achieves CGMP Registration by the independent certification body NSF International, US, for its Coimbatore site in India. The Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) for dietary supplements will cover BCM-95® (Curcugreen) and other branded nutraceuticals manufactured in the Coimbatore plant.
The FDA regulations establish the standard requirements for dietary supplement companies and manufacturers making dietary supplement products. Covering everything from labeling and packaging to ingredient sourcing and formulation, GMPs have been put in place for each step of the dietary supplement manufacturing process. NSF GMP is a highly accredited stamp of quality assurance whose standard is based on Code of Federal Regulations of the US FDA
- Arjuna CMD Elected as a member to the Kerala State Council- CII
It gives us immense privilege and pleasure to share the news that our Chairman & Managing Director- Mr. P.J Kunjachan has been elected as a member of the Kerala State Council of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2020-21.
- Arjuna Introduces Certified Organic Turmeric Extracts
New organic line will include highly bioavailable BCM-95® (Curcugreen®)
Arjuna Natural Pvt, Ltd., introduces a range of certified organic turmeric extracts, including clinically studied, bioavailable BCM-95® (Curcugreen®). In addition to BCM-95® and Turmeric Extract 95%, the line of products will include Arjuna's full range of water-dispersible, oil-dispersible, and customizable turmeric extracts.
Organic certification is granted by the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) and National Organic Program (NOP), as well as the organic standard equivalent with EC834/2007 & 889/2008 for EU certification.
The rise in consumer demand for organic forms of supplements has been dramatic. Research by Innova Market Insights revealed an 18% jump in sales in that class over just the past five years (2015-2019), with continued growth predicted. The top five health categories for these supplements are: General Health & Wellness, Energy & Stamina, Brain Health & Mood, Immune Health, and, in the lead, Digestive/Liver health.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and The European Union (EU) Regulation on Organic Production have recognized India's National Standards for Organic Production as meeting the strict standards of the U.S. National Organic Program (NOP) and European Union regulations 2092/91.
"The new organic certifications in Europe, US, and India help maintain BCM-95's leading position globally, but also establishes Arjuna as a trusted source for organic turmeric extracts," says Chase Johnston, Director of the Dallas, Texas-based US operations for Arjuna Natural. "Now more than ever, consumers are educating themselves on natural products before purchasing. Arjuna is committed to transparent, sustainable & organic practices that align with consumer values."
"We work in India in collaboration with Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, to identify the best sustainable farming procedures and the right turmeric variety," says Benny Anthony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. "The organic turmeric is grown and cultivated on local, organic-certified farms. Moreover, the organic nature of the product is cross-verified through both an independent certifying agency as well as via appropriate chemical analysis."
The traceability of BCM-95 is a farm-to-shelf enterprise. Arjuna works with skilled farmers to cultivate and harvest turmeric with the highest efficiency. The production process ensures the ingredient is completely clean and safe for use, with zero contamination, allowing Arjuna to guarantee a pure, clean, and safe product with complete traceability through BCM-95's supply chain.
Efficacy of BCM-95® is backed by more than 60 scientific studies, and protected by 52 patents (33 in Europe, 17 in the US, and 2 in Japan) supporting the composition and manufacturing processes of this potent curcumin extract. With superior bioactivity and proven efficacy, reinforced by clinical support and continuous research, BCM-95® has become a leading industry standard for bioavailable curcumin.
Organic BCM-95® is a versatile product, available for all formulations and in all forms standard BCM-95® has been available, including softgels, tablets, and foods and beverages. The experts at Arjuna are available to work with customers to create any custom requirements for emerging applications using this organic, highly bioavailable curcumin.
BCM-95® and Bio-curcumin® are exclusively licensed trademarks to Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd. Curcugreen® is a registered trademark of Arjuna Natural Pvt. Ltd.
- Arjuna Natural's Coimbatore Manufacturing Facility Wins State Safety Award
Arjuna's Coimbatore manufaturing facility has bagged the prestigious State Safety Award instituted by the Industrial Safety & Health Department, Government of TamilNadu for the year 2015. The division won 2 prizes in Group C Category, First Prize in Scheme II and Second Prize in Scheme III. Following are the details of the categories
Factories which have worked between 2 and 5 lakh manhours.
Scheme - II
Selection criteria Lowest weighted frequency rate (Industrial Accidents) during the award year comparing other industries coming under same classification and same group.
Scheme - III
Factory which records the Longest Accident free period in Manhours during the award year.
- Arjuna conducts 27th Annual General Meeting on 27th September 2019
Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd conducted its 27th Annual General Meeting on 27th September 2019 at Hotel Periyar Ltd, Near Marthanda Varma Bridge, Aluva. The attendees of the meeting include respected directors, shareholders, management team, auditors and associates of the organization.
- Arjuna Celebrates Onam – the festival of harvest and happiness
- Team Arjuna at the Vitafoods Europe- 2019 Exhibition, Geneva
- Dr. Benny Antony Wins National Intellectual Property Award
Dr. Benny Antony, Joint Managing Director- Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd has been conferred with the National Intellectual Property Award for the year 2019 in the category of Top Individual for Patents and Commercialization by Government of India. Along with the National IP Award, Intellectual Property Office India and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have jointly conferred the ‘WIPO Medal for Inventors’ also to Dr. Benny Antony. The Indian Intellectual Property Office bestows National Intellectual Property (IP) Awards to outstanding innovators, organizations, and companies in the fields of patents, designs, trademarks and geographical indications on the occasion of World IP Day every year. The awards were handed over on 26" April 2019 by Shri Ramesh Abhishek,. Hon’ble Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India at a function jointly organized by Indian Intellectual Property Office and Confederation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CII).
- Arjuna’s BCM-95®(Curcugreen®) expands stronghold in Europe with new patent validation.
Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd. has been granted a new patent in Europe for its applied technology of improving the bioavailability of curcumin in its BCM- 95®(Curcugreen®) formulation and a leading product in its broad portfolio of natural ingredients.
The new patent enables Arjuna to further expand its stronghold in 20 additional countries across Western and Eastern Europe. It is already a leading brand in the The United States and is protected by 49 patents (14 in the US, 2 in Japan and 33 in European Countries) for composition and manufacturing processes of curcumin extract. The patented formulation provides biologically active curcumin with essential oil of turmeric. The 100% natural formulation is extensively backed by over 55 published studies worldwide and several on-going studies for its therapeutic activity on multiple health indications, making it unparalleled in the segment.
“The composition of BCM-95® (Curcugreen®) contains only turmeric based components and no synthetic or non-turmeric ingredients,” says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. “This composition of turmeric delivers free curcumin into the blood and is retained in the body for a longer duration,” notes Antony.
This patent in effect helps to address much confusion in the market regarding curcumin absorption and oral bioavailability. The main problem of curcumin is that it is not absorbed nor retained well in the bloodstreams. Yet, the market has subsequently been flooded with curcumin products laden with synthetic additives in attempts to overcome the issue of bioavailability. Also, it is observed that many brands are toll manufactured at production centers not complying to cGMP standards.
“Any supplement you put into your body should be both safe and effective,” insists Antony. “Arjuna’s BCM-95® (Curcugreen®) is wholly manufactured in its own facility under a fully automated cGMP complied continuous extraction plant—using only solar power. This has enabled Arjuna to triple its manufacturing capacity in Coimbatore, India to meet the growing demand for their brand of curcumin in the coming years.
The success of BCM-95® (Curcugreen®) has enabled Arjuna to rev up it's marketing activities and cements its foothold in the European market as well as in the USA.
“With the mobilization of our dedicated sales force, we hope to increase our market reach significantly in the coming years.” Says P.J Kunjachan, Chairman & Managing Director. BCM-95® (Curcugreen®) enjoys GRAS status as a pure and trusted brand for use in medical foods following a comprehensive review by a panel of qualified experts
- Arjuna Awarded with Gold Grade for Outstanding Performance in Industrial Safety & Health, 2018
Arjuna Edayar Team received the Factory Grading Certificate (Gold) from Hon'ble Minister of labour, Sri T.P Ramakrishnan on 4th March 2019 at the 'Safety Award Dispersal' function held at Ernakulam
- Arjuna Celebrates 48th National Safety Day at its Edayar Manufacturing Facility
The 48th National Safety Day was celebrated on 4th March 2019 at Arjuna’s Edayar manufacturing facility. Organized by ‘National Safety Council’, the National Safety Day aims at contributing to increased safety awareness and reduction in accidents across industrial workspaces. The celebration included safety flag hosting followed by Arjuna employees taking the safety pledge. Safety badges were also distributed to the employees at the venue. Ensuring safety at personnel, production, and process was the key objective of the event. March-4th – March 10th, 2019 will be observed as the safety week across all the facilities at Arjuna. The National Safety Day Theme for 2019 is – “Cultivate and Sustain a Safety Culture for Building Nation”.
- CMD- Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd receives CII- Southern Region Entrepreneur Award 2018
- Arjuna awarded with the Certificate of Merit for Export Excellence by Spices Board of India
Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd bagged the prestigious Certificate of Merit for Export Excellence by Spices Board of India for the year 2014-15. The certificate of merit was received by Dr. Benny Antony- Joint Managing Director- Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd from Sri.Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation on 8th December 2018 at Hotel Raddison Blu- Ernakulam
- Arjuna Natural Conducts 26th Annual General Meeting on 28th September 2018.
Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd conducted its 26th Annual General Meeting on 28th September 2018 at Hotel Periyar Ltd, Near Marthanda Varma Bridge, Aluva. The attendees of the meeting include respected directors, shareholders, management team, auditors and associates of the organization.
- Arjuna Natural to Market Curcugreen™ directly to the US Market.
Arjuna rebranding its all-natural turmeric extract
Kerala, India-Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd. announces it has established a direct supply chain in the US for its leading high-potency turmeric extract, Curcugreen™, ensuring safe, pure product. Curcugreen has the same, market-leading patented bio-available composition that was sold previously through an exclusive agreement with Dolcas Biotech under the brand name, "Curcugreen™ ". This composition experienced record growth levels compared to all other curcumin supplements.
"Our priority is to ensure our customers and consumers that our patented composition - the safety and therapeutic benefits of which have been validated by more than 50 scientific studies - will continue to be available without any change in the composition," explains P.J. Kunjachan, Chairman and Managing Director for Arjuna. "Arjuna Natural will market the same patented composition under its own trademark, Curcugreen."
Arjuna, the manufacturer and owner of 29 patents on product composition, process and application will no longer supply the clinically proven composition to Dolcas Biotech. The change to new brand name will not affect the composition and quality of this unique curcumin.
The growing importance of traceability, and maintaining complete control of the supply chain from farm-to-fork, and commitment to highest standards of quality encouraged Arjuna to move closer to serving customers globally. The Arjuna sales office in Dallas, Texas, will serve its North American customers and guarantee the highest level of service. Arjuna will exhibit Curcugreen alongside its portfolio of natural ingredients, natural colors, and natural preservatives, at the SSW Expo, in Las Vegas, November 8 and 9, booth 2378
The unique composition of Curcugreen comprises of curcuminoids and essential oil of turmeric which increases free-curcumin bioavailability and provides multifaceted health benefits. This composition has proven synergistic activity. This is a whole-food ingredient, clean, natural, and safe to use.
"Our flagship curcumin has been at the forefront of turmeric science for the past 15 years," says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. "It now has been rebranded as Curcugreen to reflect the spirit of a safe, high-bioavailability ingredient, backed with an eco-friendly approach through the use of solar energy and sustainable farming practices. Arjuna has taken full control of its supply chain."
"We will continue to invest in new science for Curcugreen to expand the use of this innovative curcumin in the bioavailable space," adds Antony.
"Our brand is consistently evolving - we are at the forefront of science and innovation not just for the sake of innovation but to create a difference in consumers' lifestyle," concluded Antony. "We will continue to work closely with our customers to identify and create the products that consumers need."
- Arjuna wins Pharmexcil Outstanding Exports Performance Award 2017-18.
Arjuna bags the Pharmexcil (Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India) Outstanding Export Performance Award. The award is conferred based on the outstanding contribution of Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd to India''s pharmaceutical exports for the year 2017-2018. The 10th edition of Pharmexcil Outstanding Export Performance Awards was presented to Dr. Benny Antony- Joint Managing Director- Arjuna Natural on 14th September 2018 at Hyderabad. Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) set up under the provisions of Foreign Trade Policy by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is the authorized agency of the government of India for the promotion of pharmaceutical exports from India.
- Arjuna Contributes Rs.10 Lakhs to Chief Minister''s Distress Relief Fund
Joining hands with the on-going initiatives of the state government in rebuilding Kerala post the onslaught of devastating floods, Arjuna Natural has contributed Rs 10 Lakhs to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. Mr. P.J Kunjachan, Chairman & Managing Director-Arjuna Naural Ltd, handed over the cheque to Tahsildar- Aluva on 14-09-18.
- Arjuna inaugurates Mathrubhumis Madhuram Malayalam Project
Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd in association with Mathrubhumi has inaugurated the Madhuram Malayalam project at a function conducted at the Holy Ghost Convent Girls High School, Aluva on 28-06-18. The project aims in developing reading habits among students through the distribution of free newspaper for each classroom. The program is part of Arjuna's on-going CSR initiatives.
- Arjuna celebrates World Environment Day
- Arjuna Natural's Curcugreen™ Curcumin Granted New Patent
Curcugreen™, a high-potency turmeric extract developed and manufactured by Arjuna Naturals Ltd., has been granted a patent for "composition for use in treatment" by the European Patent Office (EPO). This patent is in addition to 16 patents (13 in the US, two in Japan and one in Europe) that Arjuna already has on its Curcugreen™ turmeric extracts.
The new patent covers Arjuna's composition of the active curcuminoids, demethoxycurcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin, and Ar-turmerone. The essential oil of turmeric has proven effective in helping the treatment of depression, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and Alzheimer's disease. The patent is strictly enforced in most countries in EU and in the US.
Last year, Curcugreen™ was affirmed GRAS status by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This confirms the safety profile of Curcugreen™ and cements it as a trusted, clean brand. Curcugreen™ has been involved in 42 published studies and more than a dozen studies are ongoing, including pre-clinical and clinical studies on its multiple health benefits.
Arjuna created a unique composition of curcumin and essential oil of turmeric that increases free-curcumin bioavailability and provides multifaceted health benefits. Curcugreen™ goes through stringent quality control from raw material sourcing throughout the manufacturing process and its therapeutic benefits are proven by rigorous clinical trials. Arjuna ensures traceability of Curcugreen™'s supply chain, from farm to finished supplement, to ensure a pure, clean, and safe product.
"Arjuna conducts several research projects to create new formulations and provide significant value for our customers," adds Antony. "We are continually investing in new technologies to answer the constantly expanding needs of our customers, while developing a growing portfolio of natural health supplements, all made more secure by diligently securing our intellectual property."
- New study backs efficacy of Herbagut®, a polybotanical extract for gut health and overall well-being
Results of a new human study shows that Herbagut®, an all-natural polybotanical extract blend, supports gut health. For centuries, Ayurvedic botanical ingredients have been used traditionally for gut health and general well-being.
Herbagut®, a proprietary blend of 14 botanical extracts developed and marketed by Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd., is rooted in the centuries-old tradition of Ayurvedic medicine. The company will exhibit Herbagut at Vitafoods, Geneva, May 15-17, booth Booth #J30.
The botanical ingredients used in Herbagut® are individually extracted and blended in proprietary ratio with unique fingerprinting to ensure stringent quality, efficacy, and consistency. Herbagut® is certified pure, sustainable, and traceable, and conforms to EU regulations including PAH. All of the 14 botanical extracts used in Herbagut® are approved in the EU and US for use in food supplements.
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (March, 2018) by Adrian Lopresti, PhD, at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, demonstrated that this synergistic polybotanical extract helps support overall well-being and healthy gut function. Discomfort in the gut has been linked to anxiety, stress, and depression (the so-called "gut-brain" axis). The synergistic action of ingredients in Herbagut® offers mucosal protection and helps maintain the integrity of internal lining of the gut. It also has a proven anti-inflammatory effect, helping to support a diverse gut microbiota and aiding in gut motility.
"This trial confirms that daily intake of 800 mg of Herbagut over a 28-day period can improve gut health and related health conditions in people with unsatisfactory bowel habits," says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. "The tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, used for hundreds of years, is finally backed by research and is accessible to consumers who seek natural relief from digestive stress."
The study further proved that Herbagut® is safe to use in food supplements, offering a range of specific benefits that include: improvement of gut microflora, regular bowel movements, constipation relief, and mitigation of abdominal pain, abdominal distension, heartburn, and straining at defecation. Through its support of a healthy gut-brain interaction, it significantly improves the overall quality of life. Other aspects of the study demonstrated that the phytochemicals in Herbagut® can selectively kill pathogenic bacteria.
"The patent-pending Herbagut® brand is now available in powder, granular, and taste-masked water-dispersible powder formats," adds Antony.
- Arjuna Launches Highly Potent Ashwagandha
Kerala, India-Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd., launches Shodenreg;, its high-potency, all-natural ashwagandha extract, at Vitafoods, Geneva, Booth #J30 2018. Shoden® is the highly bioactive extract of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), standardized to contain more than 35% glycowithanolides—the most active components of ashwagandha. This plant has been extensively used in India for centuries to reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress. Arjuna has invested in several ongoing clinical studies of Shoden® at top research institutes. Results of the first study will be published in a few months.
Innova Market Insights reports +18% average annual growth for new product launches featuring ashwagandha as an ingredient (Global, CAGR 2013-2017). In 2017, 59% of all new product launches tracked with ashwagandha as an ingredient are supplements, while 13% of all new product launches tracked with ashwagandha are soft drinks, compared to just 4% in 2013. In 2017, 49% of all new product launches reported with ashwagandha as an ingredient featured an energy claim.
Ashwagandha, also known as "Indian winter cherry" and "Indian ginseng," is one of the most important herbs used in traditional medicine in India, has been used in Ayurvedic and indigenous medicine for more than 3,000 years.
Ashwagandha extract contains alkaloids. Some of the alkaloids are toxic and it is technically challenging to remove them and keep the product safe to use. Arjuna developed a new, proprietary method of purification, based on traditional Indian processes, that targets and removes only toxic alkaloids, while retaining the beneficial bioactive ones. "Results following tests of Shoden® in multiple trials at Arjuna’s R&D lab proved the ability of this gentle process to ensure a pure, safe-to-use ashwagandha," says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. Activity of each product batch is guaranteed tested and confirmed by in vivo testing.
Patent protected Shoden has a high amount of glycowithanolides in comparison to other ashwagandha extracts in the market. "We identified specific locations/farms in India for the cultivation of ashwagandha under our supervision and harvested once the crop reaches optimal growth level that allow us to provide supplement manufacturers a consistent, potent ingredient," adds Antony. "Arjuna also maintains transparency and traceability from-farm to supplement to guarantee a stable, safe supply."Arjuna's production processes and products meet market-specific regulations worldwide. A GMP-certified, SAP-driven company, Arjuna has achieved international certifications including ISO22000, Kosher and Halal. Arjuna continues to engage in research and development, with continuing scientific validation of its novel product line through advanced clinical studies.
- Arjuna Confirms Origin-Cultivated Amaranth Supply
Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd. is now able to guarantee a sustainable, nitrate-enriched, all-natural Amaranthus extract supply for boosting nitric oxide levels. The company implemented a sustainable approach to meet the growing demand for its nitric oxide booster, OxyStorm®, in the US and Europe
This natural source of nitrates is sugar-free and can be applied to a wide range of applications and standardized high nitrate content of 9%. Clinical research has demonstrated a crucial role played by nitric oxide in cardiovascular health. Nitric oxide deficiency, is the first step for the emergence of many disease states of the cardiovascular and related systems, including heart failure, hypertension, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, hyperhomocysteinemia, inflammation and diseases due to smoking.
Developing new methods to restore and replete bioactive nitric oxide is extremely important, especially for cardiprotection and support in persons who are active. Results from a clinical study published in the September 2016 European Journal of Applied Physiology confirm that dietary supplementation of OxyStorm generates a significant boost in plasma nitrate, ultimately increasing nitric oxide levels in the body.
To create its high-nitrate OxyStorm, Arjuna devoted large tracts of land in South India solely to amaranthus cultivation. Harvesting amaranth requires precise agriculture proficiency and care. The company’s established association with local farmers in turn supports the community and secures its income.
"Arjuna identified an experienced community of local farmers and helped them develop and maintain sustainable farming practices," says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director. "We trained them to adopt the best practices, focusing on the minutest details, while employing advanced agricultural methods. This allows the farmers to attain the maximum yield of high-quality amaranthus, without using any chemicals."
The quality of amaranthus is significantly influenced by the climate as well. Arjuna guides the farmers to harvest amaranthus at the peak time, following which the crop undergoes a controlled, proprietary process before further extraction. The nutraceutical compounds are kept intact through every segment of the patent-pending manufacturing and purification process. All processing is performed at Arjuna’s dedicated facility, under complete supervision by Arjuna’s quality control department, and powered exclusively by eco-friendly solar energy.
"OxyStorm has gained a good reputation in the US and other countries for its health benefits and high nitrate content," notes Chase Johnston, Director of US Operations for Arjuna. "It is suitable for a comprehensive portfolio of food, beverage, and supplement applications, including health beverages, beverage 'shots', nutrition bars and supplements."
Arjuna Natural LLC, was recently established in Dallas, Texas, to better serve the company's North American customers.
- Natural Preservatives Extend Frying Oil Shelf Life
Kerala, India—Arjuna Naturals Ltd., launches its natural preservative formulation for combating oxidation, thermal degradation, hydrolytic rancidity and extending the frying cycle of vegetable oils. The new, all-natural preservative formulation contains a few simple ingredients and enables a clean label. It is GMO-free, oil-soluble and vegan. Initial response was so strong, Arjuna decided to immediately market this natural solution worldwide.
FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) of India has revised its standards to allow for reuse of vegetable oil in frying and cooking applications until the oil reaches a maximum Total Polar Compound (TPC) limit of 25%. Any edible oil used for frying application that crosses this maximum limit of TPC will be considered unsafe. Arjuna's novel formulation also helps manufacturers use oil for frying more quantity by slowing down the oxidative degradation due to reuse, thus keeping the oil safe.
Frying oils contain sensitive mixtures of different unsaturated fatty acids that influence oxidative stability. Degradation of frying oil occurs quickly due to a higher temperature, oxidative degradation, and hydrolytic rancidity. These cause rapid deterioration that leads to unpleasant flavors and odors, and undesirable color changes in both the oil and in the food fried in it.
Food and foodservice companies typically evaluate Peroxide Value (PV), which measures oxidative degradation only and hydrolytic rancidity measured by Free Fatty Acids (FFA) both of which fluctuates during frying. This is the reason why TPC is considered an accurate indicator of the quality of frying oil.
"Our R&D team developed a natural preservative that can help maintain vegetable oil color, taste, and functionality even in high temperatures and does not negatively affect the fried product," explains Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. "It helps food processors fry an increased number of product batches per liter of oil, with delayed TPC development and decreased time to rancidity. The new preservative formulation helps food manufacturers meet FSSAI's new standards and keep frying oil consumption economical."
- Mr P.J Kunjachan receives 'Outstanding Entrepreneurship' award from Industries Department, Govt. of Kerala
The Industries Department, Government of Kerala has awarded Mr. P.J Kunjachan, Chairman & Managing Director- Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd with an 'Outstanding Entrepreneurship' award for his exceptional contribution as an entrepreneur towards the growth of industry over the years. The award was received by Mr. Jomy Jose, Director-Marketing Arjuna, on behalf of him at the Industrial Investors Meet organized by District Industrial Centre- Ernakulam on December 12th, 2017.
- Arjuna wins Dun & Bradstreet & RBL Bank SME Business Excellence Awards -2017
Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd has been awarded the latest edition of Dun & Bradstreet & RBL Bank SME Business Excellence Awards 2017 in the 'Food Processing & Agro Products Category' (Mid-Corporate Segment). Mr. P.J Kunjachan. Chairman& Managing Director- Arjuna received the award on November 17, 2017, at a special function in New Delhi hosted by Dun& Bradstreet, world's leading provider of global information, knowledge, and insights. The function was graced by the Shri. K.P. Krishnan, IAS, Secretary - Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. Dun & Bradstreet SME Business Excellence Awards felicitates India’s leading SMEs in manufacturing & service sectors for their exemplary performance in their respective fields.
- Arjuna conducts 25th Annual General Meeting
Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd conducted its 25th Annual General Meeting on 28th September 2017 at Hotel Periyar, Alwaye. The august gathering present at the occasion included shareholders, management team and associates of the organization.
- Arjuna Inaugurates New Extended Office Space
The much-anticipated inauguration of the extended office space of Arjuna at its corporate office has become a reality on August-17. The auspicious occasion was honored with the presence of the management team and staff members. The new facility was inaugurated by Our Chairman & Management Director, Mr. P.J.Kunjachan. The gathering was later addressed by Joint Managing Director, Dr. Benny Antony. The new space is part of Arjuna's expansion program to facilitate smoother operation and growing marketing activities.
- Arjuna Natural Curcugreen™ Curcumin Confirmed by FDA
Arjuna Naturals Extracts Ltd.'s Curcugreen™, a high-potency turmeric extract, has been granted a 'No Questions' response letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This letter confirms the complete safety of Curcugreen™ by US authority and helps position the ingredient as an all-natural, clean and trusted brand of the powerful curcumin antioxidant.
Curcugreen™ is a proprietary combination of curcuminoids and essential oil of turmeric-ar-turmerone, ensuring a high level of bioavailability of curcumin. The formulation is all-natural, from simple ingredients, and holds 13 international patents. It has been extensively researched in 33 clinical studies by universities throughout the US, Japan, Australia, and India, backing its efficacy for multiple health indications.
According to Innova market Insights a +45% growth has been reported for new products with a “turmeric content” claim (Europe, 2016 vs. 2015) and +17% growth for new product launches with a turmeric content claim (U.S., 2016 vs.2015).
In 2016, Curcugreen™ was granted self-affirmed GRAS status (Generally Recognized as Safe) by an expert panel of scientists for use in medical foods at a dose of 500 mg, twice a day. Curcugreen™ is composed of pure curcuminoids and essential oils from turmeric with a specific content of turmerones. The synergism of its components has been confirmed in a study published April, 2017, in the journal, Scientific Reports, by Shusuke Toden, PhD, et alia, of Baylor University, Dallas, Texas.
"The FDA's latest positive response is a testimony to our unwavering commitment to ensure maximum safety and quality products," says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. "Curcugreen™ is one of only a few supplements in the nutraceutical industry to receive an FDA 'No Questions' response letter, after previously undergoing safety and quality evaluations."
"It certainly sets a high bar in the marketplace, and our customers can leverage their curcumin supplements to gain more market share," says P.J. Kunjachan, Chairman and Managing Director for Arjuna. "Consumers deserve clean and safe curcumin, wholly from turmeric root, and should not have to compromise with less effective alternatives."
"We recently opened a new, state-of-the-art plant in Coimbatore, India, for producing Curcugreen™ turmeric extract," adds Antony. "This will triple the curcumin capacity and will help us meet the growing demand for safe, natural curcumin."
- Mr. P.J Kunjachan receives Excellence Award from MSME-DI, Govt. of India
Mr. P.J Kunjachan, Chairman & Managing Director- Arjuna, was honored with an Excellence Award for his contribution as an entrepreneur for the social-economic development of the country by Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME)- Development Institute (MSME-DI),Govt. Of India on 27th June, 2017 at Thrissur. The event commemorated the 1st ever International Day for MSME on June 27, designated by United Nations General Assembly. Shri A.C. Moideen Honble Minister for Industries, Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. Of Kerala presented the award and congratulated the entrepreneurs during the function held at Golden Jubilee Hall, MSME-DI, Kanjani Road, Thrissur.
- Arjuna will triple Curcugreen™ production capacity
Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. announces the completion of a new, state-of-the-art facility in Coimbatore, India, for making its Curcugreen™ branded turmeric extract. This will triple the curcumin capacity, maximizing efficiency and output, while sharply reducing waste. The curcumin market was valued at US$ 35.7 million in 2014, and is expected to reach US$ 84.3 million by 2022. This reflects expansion at a CAGR of 11.6% from 2015 to 2022, according to Research and Markets. Dietary supplements accounted for major share of global curcumin in the market. The beneficial properties of curcumin have led to high demand from the nutraceutical industry to manufacture dietary and herbal supplements.Arjuna broke ground on the new turmeric extract plant 10 months ago, and commercial production will begin in early June this year.
"Buyers of curcumin extracts have become acutely aware of possible contamination in turmeric extract formulations," says P.J Kunjachan , Chairman & Managing Director for Arjuna. "They prefer marketing trusted brands, such as Curcugreen™, that follow the strictest possible quality-centric measures and have gold standards in production. The new plant is [fully] automated and ready to meet the growing demand for this well-researched healthful ingredient."
Turmeric crops usually are ready for harvest after about 6 to 9 months of growth, depending on the variety. At maturity, the leaves turn yellow, fade, and wither. Maximum rhizome yield and dry rhizomes are obtained at this stage. At harvest, the leaves and stems are cut close to the ground to maximize the removal of vegetative material. Because each rhizome is carefully removed by hand, the fields are irrigated prior to digging to ease and speed the harvesting process.
The turmeric rhizomes are subsequently cleaned, and "fingers" of turmeric are separated from mother rhizomes. "We work in collaboration with Agricultural University, Trichur, Kerala in India to identify the best sustainable farming procedures and the right turmeric variety," shares Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director- Arjuna. Curcugreen™ traceability is from farm-to-shelf. Arjuna works with skilled farmers who can harvest the turmeric extract efficiently. The production process ensures the product is completely clean and safe for use, with zero contamination.
Arjuna has full supervision of Curcugreen™'s supply chain, from farm to finished supplement, to provide a pure, clean and safe product. recently received self-affirmed GRAS status for Curcugreen™ turmeric extract following a comprehensive review by a panel of qualified experts. The pure, high-potency ingredient is available for use in food and supplements.
- Arjuna's Herbagut™ approved in Belgium
Kerala, India - Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. has been granted official recognition from the Belgian government to market its proprietary herbal blend for overall wellness, branded "Herbagut", in Belgium. This notification is applied in conjunction with the name of Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd., but can be used by Arjuna's customers as a reference.
A pure selection of traditional Indian herbal ingredients are extracted and formulated according to an ancient Indian recipe and applied to a reliable, traceable, clean-label formulation. The blend consists of 14 herbal extracts, all approved as non-Novel Food by the European Commission, and accepted for use in food supplements. Key botanical ingredients in the formulation are curcumin,ginger and pepper along with other Ayurvedic ingredients. These well-known medicinal herbs help allow for the use of several claims, such as for digestive health.
Herbagut, a popular and leading brand in EU for more than 10 years, is based on an all-natural extract blend formulated by a well-known Indian traditional medical practitioner. It has been in use for gut health and general well-being for decades.
"The recognition by Belgium Food &Safety authorities means acceptance throughout the EU", explains Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. "It's also a natural step in our strategy to lead the market in Indian herbal ingredients—not only regionally but also in the EU market."
Arjuna Natural opened an office in Brussels last year to better, and more quickly, help serve its customers. "We have a comprehensive understanding of the complex European food regulation," adds Antony. "This places us in an excellent position to offer our European customers complete commercial, technical, and regulatory support."
Herbagut is safe to use in food supplements and can offer a range of health benefits including: Improving gut microflora, mitigating constipation, relieving heartburn, and other digestive health issues.
Clinical study with Herbagut shows that it helps regular and easy bowel movement, significantly reduces straining during bowel evacuation and improves overall bowel health and wellbeing.
- Arjuna supports Bethlehem Abhaya Bhavan
Team Arjuna visited Behlehem Abhaya Bhavan, the home for destitute, homeless and mentally challenged on 16-02-2017 at Koovappady, Perumbavoor. Established in the year 1998, the Bethlehem Abhaya Bhavan charitable society had a humble beginning with just 5 people. Today it's a home for over 400 members grown to this stature with the unconditional support of Mrs. Mary Esthappan, an ordinary homemaker and the founder of Bethlehem Abhaya Bhavan.
The charitable home aims to work for the empowerment of homeless, poor and mentally challenged people with the support government psychiatric and medical doctors.
Mr. P.J Kunjachan , Chairman & Managing Director- Arjuna, presented a cheque, to Mary Esthappan- President (Bethlehem Aryabhavan Charitable Society) as a token of support and patronage. Team Arjuna spent the day with the inmates and took part in the celebration.
- Natural Shelf Life Extender for Chilled Meats
Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd presents a complete, natural formulation-specific preservative designed to increase chilled-meat product shelf-life and ensure food safety.
Synthetic preservatives commonly used in chilled meats contain nitrates. These can generate nitrosamines, chemical compounds suspected of increasing cancer risk. But nitrosomyoglobin, formed from myoglobin and nitric oxide during curing, is responsible for the red colour in cured meats associated with freshness. Some of the volatile nitrosamines formed during curing process with nitrates have mutagenic activity — a high price paid for controlling the growth of yeast and mould. The all-natural formulation from Arjuna can replace chemical nitrosomyoglobin-forming preservatives yet is non-carcinogenic and safe to use in chilled meat. It is highly potent and prevents the growth of yeast and mold in chilled meat products.
” We conducted a number of bench trials to measure how our formulation performs in chilled meat preservation,” says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. ”The excellent results encouraged us to offer this new, powerful natural preservative formulation to meat manufacturers. It's a new, clean way of preservation that also can help differentiate cured meat products in the marketplace..”
The biggest challenge in replacing synthetic preservatives involves flavour masking (blocking unwanted or undesired flavours) while creating the correct functional mix of natural ingredients to combat a range of microbial activities. The advanced formulation used in Arjuna’s preperation provides a natural solution for a variety of problems typically encountered in chilled meat products, such as: microbial spoilage, oxidative rancidity, short shelf life, off colour, and altered flavour. It retains natural colour and freshness, and extends chilled meat shelf life by up to 15 days.
“Today's meat industries are increasingly seeking more ready-to-use solutions that are tailored and natural, allowing for clean label products," notes Antony. "Our formulation is offered in both liquid and powder forms. It is a comprehensive, natural solution safeguarding taste, color, product safety, and increased shelf-life.
Arjuna's R&D team has also developed a range of natural preservatives that do not change the organoleptic properties of food and beverage products such as bread, yoghurt, cheese sausage, humus, mayonnaise and vegetable oils, fruit juices, and fruit pulp. The company's ingredient scientists combine herbal extracts used in traditional medicine with methods of fermentation for bacteriocins, in concert with advanced technologies, such as microencapsulation and emulsification. Arjuna’s natural meat preservatives address three major food trends: natural, clean label and food safety.
Arjuna's production processes and products meet market-specific regulations worldwide. A GMP-certified, SAP-driven company, Arjuna has achieved international certifications including ISO22000, Kosher and Halal. Arjuna continues to engage in research and development, with continuing scientific validation of its novel product line through advanced clinical studies.
- Training conducted on Food Safety, Hygiene and Energy Conservation
As part of employee learning initiative program steered by the HR wing of Arjuna, a training program aiming at spreading awareness on unsafe practices and hygiene at work was conducted at the Edayar manufacturing facility on 31-12-16. The training included interactive modules on good housekeeping, energy conservation, hygiene practices and 5-S, identification of unsafe area, role, and procedures for improving safety, health and environment.
- Arjuna celebrates Xmas & New Year
The year 2016 was bid adieu with much merriment at Edayar, Arjuna's manufacturing facility located in Cochin on 31st December 2016.The new year celebration started off in the august presence of Mr. P.J Kunjachan ( Chairman & Managing Director), Dr. Benny Antony (Joint Managing Director), Mr. Antony Kunjachan (Executive Director) and Mr. Jomy Jose (Director Marketing). The event was made colorful with various cultural programs presented by Arjuna employees.
- Arjuna wishes you all a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year
- Arjuna participates at Health Ingredients Europe- 2016
Arjuna Natural Extracts had a great run at the recently concluded Hi Europe held at Frankfurt- Germany from 29th November- 1 December 2016. The event touted as world's leading health and natural food ingredients event witnessed participation from leading nutraceutical companies from over 94 countries worldwide. Arjuna showcased its range of innovative products and new launches at the venue.
- Arjuna Launches Natural Clean Label Shelf Life Extender
Kerala, India – Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. launches its natural preservatives range that keeps food fresh and increases shelf life. The all natural formulation addresses three major food trends: natural, clean label and food safety. Arjuna opened a new food technology division at the company's Cochin R&D facilities in the south of India's Kerala State to serve food and beverage companies in addition to its established nutraceuticals clients. The company will launch the new line at Gulfood Manufacturing, Dubai, stand #S-B3. .
The new line consists of distinctive formulations of proprietary blends of essential oils and oleoresins. Arjuna's R&D team identified a unique selection of botanical extracts possessing antimicrobial activity and comprehensively tested them in multiple food and beverage applications. The sensory profiles indicated no change in taste or mouthfeel.
“Consumers' growing demand for food free from preservatives directly influence food manufacturers' and retailers' decisions in developing and marketing new products," says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. "Millennials, especially, are actively seeking safe foods without artificial ingredients. New product developers can help ensure success by focusing on clean labels. Consumers want natural, healthy products and our mission is to make it happen, and at the same time to guarantee food safety."
Arjuna's R&D team developed a range of natural preservatives that do not change the organoleptic properties of food and beverage products such as bread, yoghurt, cheese sausage, humus, mayonnaise and vegetable oils, fruit juices, and fruit pulp. The company’s ingredient scientists combine herbal extracts used in traditional medicine with methods of fermentation for bacteriocins, in concert with advanced technologies, such as microencapsulation and emulsification
“Consumers are not aware that a lot of fruit-based drinks are susceptible to oxidation and microbial degradation,” explains Antony. “Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable drinks, or enjoying healthful and nutritious snacks like hummus spread that are refrigerated without preservatives could be dangerous to health. These products are highly sensitive to oxidation and contamination. Many such products currently on the market rely on synthetic preservatives to protect them. ”
Arjuna’s natural antimicrobial system is made from a combination of natural antifungal and antibacterial components isolated from spices, herbs and bacteriocins. They are targeted specifically to address the spoilage issue in fresh foods and beverages, and improve shelf life naturally. Spices and herbs that are recognized as having proven antimicrobial properties are currently in demand in the food industry. Research has shown that combining select natural antimicrobials can have a synergistic effect, making them more effective than single components.
Visit us at Gulfood Manufacturing, Dubai, booth #S-B3 and Hi Europe, Frankfurt, booth C29
- Arjuna bags FIEO award
Yet another proud moment beckons Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd with the company bagging the Southern Region ‘Export Excellency Award’ instituted by Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) for the year 2013-14. The award recognizes excellence in export performances by exporters based in Southern Region. The award committee comprised of leading member of FIEO, Financial Institutions and Senior Central and State Governments Officials. The jury laid equal emphasis on firms who have made extra efforts to diversify to emerging markets as well as including new products and services in their list of offerings. Mr. P.J Kunjachan (Chairman & Managing Director) received the award from Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman , Hon’ble Union Minister for Commerce and Industry on October 8th,2016 in Chennai.
- Arjuna conducts 24th Annual General Meeting on September 19th, 2016
The 24th Annual General Meeting of Arjuna Natural Extracts was held on Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 11.30 AM at Hotel Periyar, Alwaye. The meeting was attended by respected share holders, management team and associates of the organization.
- Arjuna's One-Shot, High Omega-3 Set to Launch
Kerala, India - Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd., launches a high-concentrate -90% - omega-3 PUFA ingredient produces with latest technology for dietary supplements and functional foods and beverages at SupplySide West, Las Vegas, booth #MM179.
Innova Market Insights reports an increase in the use of omega-3 in brain health supplements in the US market. In 2015, 18% of brain health supplement launches tracked with omega-3 as an ingredient, while in 2011 only 6.9% of brain health supplement contained this ingredient. The company identified the Top 5 claims for omega-3 supplement launches tracked in Europe and the US and found Heart Health leads with 60%, and brain-mood health follows with 43%.
The main challenge in providing the daily intake of omega-3 is ensuring the consumer gets high enough content of the nutraceutical. The old solution was to take multiple capsules or a hard-to-swallow “horse pill”. But consumers demand convenience and, of course, smaller, easy-to-swallow soft capsules.
“A larger quantity of softgels or capsules can lead to over consumption and overdoses of unnecessary additives just to achieve your daily-recommended dose of omega-3 PUFAs,” says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. “We developed a high-concentrate omega-3 PUFA that enables daily intake in just one capsule or one liquid ‘shot’ per day.”
Addressing growing consumer and processor concerns about supplement purity, Antony adds that, “More than ever, product makers are seeking a clean, clear omega-3 that leaves them free from anxieties about contamination.”
Fish oil is among the most concentrated sources of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.Omega-3s have been found to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels, plus ameliorate or help prevent dozens of health concerns.
The majority of applications of omega-3 are in products targeting cardiovascular health. In fact, omega-3s are so beneficial in reducing triglyceride levels, they are approved by FDA as a drug for the treatment of high triglyceride levels.
While omega-3 fatty acids can be derived from various types of fish and other sources, sardines are particularly high in EPA and DHA, plus other nutrients found to support cardiovascular and other health issues.
“We examined a range of fish rich in omega-3 and selected a specific sardine type for our ingredient,” explains Antony. “With growing concern over the health of the seas, people are turning to sardines since they are at the bottom of the aquatic food chain, feeding solely on plankton. They have a shorter lifecycle than other fish, and accumulate fewer toxins during their lifecycle. Moreover, sardines live on the upper layer of the ocean, which is comparatively less polluted than the deeper waters. These characteristics reduce the chances of product contamination with ocean pollutants.”
“Consumers, especially millennials, want to know where their omega-3 come from—they are justifiably concerned about traceability and supply chain control,” adds Antony. “Arjuna ensures food safety and a pure, sustainable product via wild-caught sardines from the west coast of India, top safety procedures, plus a solar-powered system that provides 100% of the energy required to produce omega-3.”
Arjuna’s production processes and products meet market-specific regulations worldwide. A GMP-certified, SAP-driven company, Arjuna has achieved international certifications including ISO22000, Kosher and Halal. Arjuna continues to engage in research and development, with continuing scientific validation of its novel product line through advanced clinical studies.
Visit us at SupplySide West, Las Vegas, Booth #MM179
- Spices Board Excellency Award for Arjuna
Arjuna natural extract has been selected for the Excellency award by the Spices Board in recognition of the outstanding performance in the export of spices and spice products for the year 2012-13 and 2013-14. Mr. Jomy, Director, marketing took home the recognition Top Most Exporter of New Spice Product for 2012-13 on behalf of Arjuna. The entire Arjuna family is in joy and ecstasy. "We are constantly trying to innovate on spice products to cater to the changing needs of the consumers," says Mr. Jomy.
- Arjuna to participate in FI & HI India 2015, Mumbai
- Arjuna conducts 23 rd Annual General Meeting on September 28, 2015
The 23rd annual general meeting of Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd was held on September 28, 2015 in the august presence of Arjuna’s board of directors, share holders and employees of the company at Diana Heights Hotel, Athani, Kerala.
Mr. P J Kunjachan (Chairman and Managing Director) spoke about Arjuna’s future plans of global expansion to the gathering. Dr. Benny Antony (Joint Managing Director) during the occasion explained about the ongoing new product developments at Arjuna and evolving trends in the global nutraceutical arena. Mr P J Paul (Director – Operations) at the meeting familiarized the audience with the operational excellence measures adopted by the organization at its manufacturing facilities. Mr. Jomy Jose (Director – Marketing) delivered the vote of thanks. Mr. Vasanth Kumar (Chief Financial Officer) presented information regarding the financial performance of the company for the financial year 2014-’15.
- Arjuna Ensures Zero discharge of effluent water at its Coimbatore manufacturing facility
With an aim to create an environment with minimal pollution, Arjuna has upgraded its current effluent treatment plant with an advanced evaporation system in vacuum resulting in the zero discharge of effluent at its Coimbatore manufacturing facility. This will ensure in the safety of water being discharged at the manufacturing facility with zero presence of any kind of harmful chemicals that can harm the ecosystem.
- Arjuna doubles its production capacity
The Cochin manufacturing facility of Arjuna has spruced up its manufacturing capacity with the inauguration of its newly set up Fully Automated Extractor. The new addition will help the organization to double its capacity and meet growing demands of its global clientele.
- Arjuna saves over 800000 Units of Electricity
In its continuing efforts to remain an environment friendly organization, Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd has saved over 800,000 units of electricity in just over two years. The company established its 250 kw solar plant two years ago at its Coimbatore manufacturing facility as part of its green initiatives. The solar plant helps the manufacturing facility to run its operations completely. The relentless focus on the usage of renewable energy equips Arjuna to save over 1000 liters of diesel every day. Arjuna is also the first company in the world to produce Turmeric extract using solar energy.
- US Trade Ambassador Visits Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd - April 2015
- TNB Kaimal, Non Executive Director/ Independent Director- Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd resigns - April 2015
Mr. T.N.B Kaimal, non executive director/ independent director has tendered resignation from the board of directors of the company with effect from 29th April, 2015.
- Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd wins 'The Most Innovative Exporter Award' at the ECGC- D&B Indian Exporters' Excellence Awards 2015 - March 2015
Dun & Bradstreet, the world’s leading provider of global business information, knowledge and insight, in association with Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd (ECGC) announced the ‘ECGC - D&B Indian Exporters ’ Excellence Awards to recognize the contribution of the Exporters to the Indian economy. Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd bagged the Most Innovative Exporter Award at a formal function held on 07-03-15 at Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
Mr. P.J Kunjachan (Chairman & Managing Director) received the excellence award from Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, Government of India. Speaking at the occasion Mr. P.J Kunjachan expressed his heartfelt gratitude and congratulated ECGC- D&B for spearheading excellence awards of such grant stature. “Occasions like these are extremely encouraging and will certainly boost the morale of the Indian exporters to pursue excellence in their respective fields” he said. Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd was in news for receiving a US patent for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The company has recently launched world’s first nitrate extract from Red Spinach.
About ECGC – D&B Indian Exporters’ Excellence Awards 2015
Indian Exporters’ Excellence Awards 2015 is a tribute to the leading exporters from various sectors which include manufacturing; trading and services. Companies with minimum 10% revenue from the export sales for FY14 were eligible for nomination. The award program included a total of 33 awards categories across various revenue segments providing opportunity for all types of exporters across the country.
The awards were classified into two broad categories – Theme-based Awards and Special Awards. Theme-based categories included awards in areas of corporate social responsibility, diversification, innovation, risk management practices, rural, SEZ, woman entrepreneur, focus products and focus markets. A winner and runner-up were chosen in each of the theme-based award category.
For special awards category, companies have been classified into four revenue categories based on total income of FY14 – micro (less than Rs 100 mn), small (Rs 100 mn – Rs 1,000 mn); medium (Rs 1,000 mn -5,000 mn) and large (above Rs 5,000 mn). Awards winners were chosen in individual revenue categories of each operational group, namely; manufacturing, trading and services. Further an overall winner was chosen across each of the revenue categories.
To invite nominations across various categories, nomination forms were sent out to the exporter community at large. Additionally, mass media channels such as advertisements in leading business news dailies were used to spread awareness about the awards. Subsequent to the nomination, a D&B proprietary model based on financial and operational parameters was used to shortlist high performing exporters.
The final step in the awards process was an evaluation by an independent jury panel consisting of eminent experts. The jury comprises:
Shri. Sanjeev Nandwani, Development Commissioner for SEZs, and Addl. DFGT, for East & North-East region, Addl. Charge as Development Commissioner, SEZs for Andhra and Telengana regions;
Shri. M. Narendra, Former Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Overseas Bank and
Dr. Abhay Pethe; Chair Professor, Economics Department, Mumbai University.
- Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd's Curcugreen™ receives patent for the method of treatment of Alzheimer's disease - November 2014
Curcugreen™, the patented turmeric extract formulation from Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd has received a US patent (US Patent No. 8859020) for a composition for the treatment of Alzheimers disease comprising curcuminoid mixture and added essential oil of turmeric. The patent also covers method of making the composition.
Curcugreen™ has already undergone human clinical trials in patients with Alzheimers disease at Chinese University of Hong Kong under Prof Larry Baum (2008) and found to be highly beneficial in preventing further cognitive decline, disintegrating amyloid beta plaques, which on deposition in the brain is one of the major cause of development of Alzheimers disease, increases the vitamin E levels in the body and enhancing the curcumin levels in blood. Curcugreen™ is also undergoing two other human clinical trials in patients with Alzheimers disease and subjects at risk of developing Alzheimers disease in Australia under the pioneering researcher Prof Ralph Martins.
“The finding will open a new world of hope to the millions battling with Alzheimer’s every day, as they will now have a natural and safe alternative to controlling Alzheimer’s” says Dr. Benny Antony (Inventor of Curcugreen™), Joint Managing Director- Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd.
Curcugreen™ has more than 23 peer reviewed publications and 12 granted and 15 ongoing patents in India, US and Japan and patent pending world over. Curcugreen™ is also being studied for various indications including inflammation, arthritis, diabetes, depression, cancer prevention and treatment, adjuant with chemotherapy and cancer radiation, liver and gastro intestinal diseases etc.
Worldwide, nearly 36 million people have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Only 1-in-4 people with Alzheimer’s disease have been diagnosed. Alzheimer’s and other dementias are the top cause for disabilities in later life. The cost of caring for Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S. is estimated to be $220 billion per year. The global cost of Alzheimer’s and dementia is estimated to be $605 billion, which is equivalent to 1% of the entire world’s gross domestic product. 1-in-9 Americans over 65 has Alzheimer’s disease. One third of Americans over age 85 are afflicted with the illness. 5.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Unless a cure is found, more than 13 million Americans will have the disease by 2050. Typical life expectancy after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is 4-to-8 years.
None of the treatments available today for Alzheimer’s disease slows or stops the malfunction and death of neurons in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s symptoms and eventually make the disease fatal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved five medications to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. These drugs work by increasing the amount of chemicals called neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters help nerve cells in the brain (neurons) communicate with each other. The effectiveness of these drugs varies from person to person. While these drugs help with symptoms, they do not treat the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s.
There is a great need of a drug which can modify the disease process itself by impacting one or more of the brain changes caused by Alzheimer’s, thus stop or slow the progress of the disease. The possible targets include lowering beta amyloid, lowering beta secretase, maintain Tau protein, control inflammation, reducing insulin resistance etc. Many researchers believe successful treatment will eventually involve a cocktail of medications aimed at several targets, similar to current treatments for many cancers and AIDS.
About Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd
Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd (www.arjunanatural.com) is India’s leading manufacturer and exporter of standardized botanical extracts for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries for over two decades. The company is associated in the US . With customers in around 50 countries, Arjuna has close to 50 patents to its credit of which majority are commercialized globally. The company has R&D tie ups with international universities from Australia, USA and Japan. The highly advanced R&D unit at Arjuna is a complete research facility for phytochemistry, pharmacokinetics, formulation and development, pre-clinical and clinical studies. Arjuna’s state of the art laboratory has been approved for in-house research by the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. Arjuna has achieved reputed international certifications including GMP, ISO 22000, Star K Kosher and Halal. Arjuna is the only manufacturer of concentrated Omega- 3 fish oil in India and also the first company in the world to produce turmeric extract powered completely by solar energy. The company recently received DC Books Excellence Award- 2014 from the Governor of Kerala for the ‘Best Corporate Promoting R&D and Industry University Interaction.
- Arjuna to appear at Hi Europe & Ni 2014, Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands - November 2014
Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd will be featuring its range of premium standardized herbal extracts at Health Ingredients- Europe and Natural Ingredients show to be held at Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands from 2-4 December, 2014. The venue will witness the official launch of Arjuna’s premium ‘Red Spinach Extract- OXYSTORM. The show promises an active participation from leading ingredient suppliers and solution providers from across the world. For trade and marketing enquiries visit us at H-87
- Arjuna to participate in FI &HI India-2014 at Mumbai - September 2014
Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd will be participating in the 9th edition of FI & HI India- 2014 starting from 29 Sept – 1 Oct 2014 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. The event is the largest of its genre bringing on board leading food ingredient suppliers, industry professionals and over 6000 visitors from across the globe. Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd will be exhibiting its fleet of exclusive products in both finished and ingredient categories during the event. For trade and marketing related enquiries meet us at Stand Number: A29
- Kerala Agriculture University launches research project on Public-Private Partnership mode with Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. - August 2014
The Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has launched a project on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode. It has signed a memorandum of understanding with private sector Arjuna Natural Extracts Limited for a project, ‘Metabolome analysis in ginger and product development using gingerol’.
KAU Vice Chancellor P. Rajendran said the project was intended to take research findings to the industry. “Ginger has been used from time immemorial for therapeutic use. The KAU has developed several ginger varieties having high gingerol content. Gingerol being a pharmacologically important component in ginger with anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, gastro-protective, cardiotonic and anti-hepatotoxic qualities, these KAU varieties are very useful in development of medicines with organic base,” he added.
T.R. Gopalakrishnan, Director of Research, said the project proposed under the PPP mode was funded by the Biotechnology Industry Research Council of the Union Department of Biotechnology. The project will be jointly implemented by the Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology of KAU and the Arjuna Natural Extracts Limited, an ISO 9001 and 22000 Company.
The duration of the project is expected to be three years. The total outlay was Rs.1.48 crore, he said.
Dr.Benny Antony, Founder Director, Arjuna Natural Extracts Limited, said that gingerol content was a vital parameter in production of ginger-based medicinal preparations, but its international market remained largely untapped because of the low gingerol content in traditional cultivars and poor gingerol stability issues.
“The novel ginger cultivars of KAU with high gingerol content will help commercialise quality guaranteed stable ginger extract by developing a ginger extract powder with at least 6 per cent gingerol content. The project will develop methods to increase the stability of gingerols in the product, identify and purify individual gingerols, and establish the safety of the standardised ginger extract. We had earlier collaborated with research institutions in the U.S, Japan and Australia,” he added.
‘Boon to farmers’
M.R. Shylaja, professor, who detected the industrial feasibility of new ginger varieties with high gingerol content developed by her, said this project would be a boon to ginger farmers as it would lead to ensuring buy-back guarantee at fair price.
E. K. Mathew, Registrar, Joy Mathew, Comptroller, E. V. Nybe, Academic Director, P. K. Valsalakumari, Associate Dean and P. A. Valsala spoke.
(This article was published in The Hindu on 19 August,2014)
- Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd receives two Japanese patents for Curcugreen™- May 2014
Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd, India's leading company specialized in research and manufacturing of plant based active compounds has received two patents for its proprietary turmeric extract Curcugreen™ in Japan (Japanese Patent No. 5039032 & No. 5511895). The patents have been awarded by Japanese patent office for its unique composition ratio of curcuminoids and essential oil of turmeric for enhanced oral bioavailability of curcumin. Curcugreen™ has been granted 7 US patents already.
Curcumin, the most active component in turmeric has poor oral bioavailability. Curcugreen™ is Arjuna's proprietary formulation which combines curcuminoids and essential oil of turmeric enriched with turmerones for enhanced curcumin oral bioavailability. The therapeutic benefits of turmeric can only be maximized by this unique composition making Curcugreen™ the world’s most bioactive turmeric extract with superior bioavailability. Curcugreen™ delivers curcumin in its most bioactive form and has been proved to be effective in management of several conditions without any side effects. Several published studies & ongoing research are conducted in the field of depression, alzheimers, cancer, inflammation and joint health for Curcugreen™.
- Australian Trade & Investment Commissioner & Minister Commercial visits Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. - May 2014<
Ms.Nicola Watkinson- Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner and Minister Commercial, Australian Trade Commission based at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi visited Arjuna Natural Extracts manufacturing facility at Edayar on 28-05-14. The session began with a visit to the production facilities of the company led by Dr. Benny Antony (Director- Technical) introducing the officials to the production standards and quality practices of Arjuna. Later at the Arjuna’s R&D division Ms. Watkinson interacted with the scientists and R&D officials and was briefed about the ongoing research and development projects undergoing at Arjuna. Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd, headquartered at Aluva, is India’s leading company specialized in the field of identification, separation and manufacturing of plant based active compounds. With 18 international patents to its credit the company has R&D tie ups with Australian Universities for steering several clinical studies and efficacy studies with regard to its herbal extracts. Arjuna’s R&D laboratory has been approved for in -house research by the Ministry of Science & Technology since 2002. The purpose of Ms. Watkinson’s visit at Arjuna was to reinforce the trade relationships of the organization with the country and also extend the governments support in facilitating Arjuna’s research and development association with the Australian universities. The meeting also had Dr. Merina Benny (QA- General Manager), Dr. Binu T. Kuruvilla (Assistant General Manager-R&D).
- Belgium Consul General visits Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd - May 2014
A senior delegation team led by Dr. Bart De Groof, Consul General of Belgium to India visited Arjuna's manufacturing facility at Edayar on 13-05-14. The tour began with a visit to the production and the R&D divisions of Arjuna where Dr Benny (Director- Technical) introduced the officials to the production procedures, standards and quality practices of the organization. The officials were also briefed about the global expansion plans of the Arjuna and prospective product launches. During the meeting Dr. Bart De Groof, extended his support and guidance in establishing Arjuna’s brand presence in the European market. The meeting also had Ms.Kathlijn Fruithof-Trade and Invest attache, Partner of Embassy of Belgium, Ministry of the Brussels Capital Region, referring to the trade opportunities and business prospects at Belgium.
- Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd participates in Vitafoods Europe 2014 - April 2014
Vitafoods Europe one of the largest global event exclusively dedicated to the Nutraceutical industry was held at Genveva, Switzerland on 6,7 & 8th of May, 2014. The event brings on board participation from 700 exhibitors catering ingredients and raw materials for the nutraceutical, dietary supplement and functional food and drink industries. Arjuna in the capacity of an exhibitor had an active presence during the event.
- Arjuna receives DC Books Corporate Excellence Award- 2014 - February 2014
Dr. Benny Antony (Director Technical) receives DC Books Excellence Award from Hon’ble Governor of Kerala, Smt. Sheila Dikshit for 'Best Corporate Promoting R&D and Industry University Interaction', at DC Books Education Conclave- 2014 in a function held at Dream Hotel, Cochin on 26-04-14.
- Directorate of Industries & Commerce MSME Award (Ernakulam District) Presented to Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd - February 2014
Dr. Benny Antony (Director Technical) receives DC Books Excellence Award from Hon’ble Governor of Kerala, Smt. Sheila Dikshit for 'Best Corporate Promoting R&D and Industry University Interaction', at DC Books Education Conclave- 2014 in a function held at Dream Hotel, Cochin on 26-04-14.
- Award for Innovator of Spice Products during the year 2010-2011, Arjuna - June 2012
SPICES BOARD INDIA (Ministry of Commerce & lndustry Govt. of lndia) has presented award to Dr. Benny Antony for innovator of spice products for the year 2010-11.
- Top Exporter of Innovative Spice Products from Spices Board of India - Arjuna - June 2012
SPICES BOARD INDIA (Ministry of Commerce & lndustry, Govt. of lndia) has awarded Arjuna Natural Extracts for Top most exporter of Innovative Spice Products for the year 2009-10.
- Australian High Commissioner Visit - September 2012
Hon Australian High Commissioner, Mr. Peter Varghese and team visited our Edayar plant on 13th September 2012. The primary aim of the visit was to verify the possibilities of Australian collaboration with us. This was one among the major highlights of the year 2012. The team was delighted with the way they were received by the employees of Arjuna. Arjuna has been successful in developing several herbal extracts keeping in mind the safety of the crowd. The products developed assured full safety by being relieved by all side effects. Its patented product Curcugreen™, the highest bioavailable curcumin available in the market has given an international recognition for the firm.
- Curcugreen™; International Recognition - July 2012
"Flavor in curry favored by some for joint pain", this caption brought a smile on everyone's face in Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. The writing that came up in Wall Street Journal, gave a new recognition for Arjuna’s own product Curcugreen™. The journal published its writing on Curcugreen™ on 16th July 2012. The writing focused on making people aware of the significance of Curcumin in their day to day life. Turmeric, widely accepted in India as a part of their delicious dishes, has now been recommended to the world market. Studies proved that Curcumin extract has got a magical touch of treating many diseases. It is just to be made sure that highly bioavailable curcumin is used to have the desired effect. Curcugreen™ serves its purpose here. Arjuna has conducted its study on various diseases and proved to be successful. The product has got 6 patents in total. Interested in knowing more???
- Mr. P J Kunjachan; Vice Chairman of Spices Board of India -July 2012
Mr. P J Kunjachan, Managing Director of Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd, was selected as the Vice Chairman of Spices Board of India for the year 2012-13. This is counted as one among the prestigious moment in Arjuna’s journey. This dynamic personality, started his career in the field of Herbal Extracts by starting up a firm called Arjuna Aromatics. His hard work and down to earth nature made him a successful business man. Being a good team maker, he has now built up his business to higher levels with an excellent, energetic team. Being the heart and soul of Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd, he had been with the firm and employees holding hand in hand in each step that Arjuna took in its growth. His strong will power made him and his team cross all the hurdles of their professional journey. The year 2012-13, thus marked to be of a great achievement for him in his professional growth.
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