Chlorophyll is found in the chloroplasts in green plants. It’s abundance in nature and vibrant green color make it ideal for use as a natural food color.
EU and UK regulations require chlorophyll for use as a color in foods and beverages to be sourced from edible forms of plant material, grass, alfalfa, and nettle. Many chlorophyll products available, however, don’t meet these criteria. And since consumers are increasingly concerned with the source of their food, we source locally, ensuring that our products are extracted exclusively from grass and alfalfa.
We source our raw materials from local fields – less than two hours’ drive from our Burton-on-Trent, UK facility – for optimum color retention as well as reliable and efficient delivery.
All batches are 100% traceable back to the field in which they were grown, providing our customers with a transparent supply chain, and removing any doubt that it could be derived from sources that are non-compliant with EU regulations.
Responsible Farming practices
A farm to fork story always starts with the farmers and responsible farming practices. Our chlorophyll is sourced from fescue grass that is grown in a four-year, GM-free crop rotation, which optimizes soil nutrients and combats pests and weeds.
In addition to improving soil health, our farmers work constantly to enhance the surrounding environment and reduce their carbon footprint. They employ field margin management that is designed to contribute to local biodiversity, mitigating the impact of intensive grass production. Conservation measures around the fields deliver food and habitat for wildlife while detailed management of the fields eliminates the need for pesticides.
And sustainability efforts continue past the growing stage. After harvest, the fescue grass is dried to preserve its vibrant color until it is ready to be extracted. By utilizing special drying processes to reduce the use of fossil fuels, up to 3.800 tons of carbon are saved annually, contributing to a more environmentally friendly final product. The feedstock by-product remains on site and is also re-manufactured as animal feed to further reduce waste.
Copper Chlorophyll production
Once on site, our chlorophyll is further manufactured into different formats with the environment at top of mind.
Our facility is powered by a 50kWH solar system and all waste is reused, recycled, or used in a waste-to-energy process. The manufacturing of our chlorophyll powder even reduces single- use plastics by cleaning and reusing packaging.
Why this matters
Food quality and transparency as well as environmental consciousness have become increasingly important as consumers seek to better understand the food they buy. A fully transparent supply chain extends visibility and enables a true farm to fork view of the path that products take to the consumer – credible source, incredible colour.