IFF-Lucas Meyer acquires quinoa encapsulation innovator Speximo

Speximo uses quinoa grains to create its stabilisation and encapsulation products for use in personal care formulations

The quinoa grain contains all ten essential amino acids

IFF-Lucas Meyer Cosmetics has acquired Swedish encapsulation and ingredients company Speximo.

Speximo, a spin-off from Lund University, provides technology developed from quinoa grains, which contain all ten essential amino acids.

Its natural and sustainable stabilisation and encapsulation products support the creation of creams, powders and sprays used in beauty products.

Nicolas Mirzayantz, IFF Scent Division CEO, said: "It is critical that in our quest for innovation, we find products and technologies that align with and support our purpose – to redefine and transform how we live in and care for the resources of our world.

"With Speximo’s focus on sustainability, this acquisition fills that need and helps us support our customers’ efforts and consumer desire for products with a greener profile.”

Speximo’s patented technology was developed from research at Lund University.

Its technology was initially based on the discovery that starch extracted from quinoa grains was superior for particle stabilisation in emulsion systems for functional food.

Further R&D led to applications within the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.

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