Taiyo and NutriScience have partnered to help food and beverage formulators take advantage of elderberry’s popularity, according to a press release, which notes that sales of elderberry grew 150% in 2020, as per the American Botanical Council.

The companies have created ElderMune, a combination of elderberry plus Taiyo’s Sunfiber, allowing the product to deliver both immune and digestive health benefits. The combination has synergistic effects: The Sunfiber supports absorption of the elderberry, while replacing some of the natural elderberry fiber lost during the juicing process. ElderMune juice powder is 100% water soluble.

NutriScience Innovations President and CEO Alan Yengoyan commented: “We are excited to be partnering with Taiyo, leveraging their expertise in the food and beverage space to broaden the reach of ElderMune, enabling more brands and consumers to benefit from this versatile and functional elderberry ingredient.” 

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Taiyo will supply both conventional and certified organic ElderMune to food and beverage companies in North and South America. Other Taiyo ingredients—Suntheanine, Sunfiber, and SunActive—have made the transition from supplements to food and beverage ingredients.

“Another reason why ElderMune is a good fit for Taiyo’s expertise is that the supply chain is controlled from the farm to the verified contract processor,” said Scott Smith, Taiyo International VP. “And, as with our other premium ingredients, it is non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free and Kosher. These are premium qualities our customers expect from Taiyo’s ingredients. ElderMune is pure, simple, natural and ideal for clean-label applications. We look forward to helping our customers use ElderMune to improve their products’ competitive advantage.”