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Vegetarian Hard Capsules


Plant-based and sustainably sourced, always


As a growing number of consumers embrace dietary supplements, they also scan nutritional and ingredient labels with a more critical eye. They want supplements that fit their health, dietary, lifestyle and culture requirements – such as non-GMO, non-animal derived, gluten-free, starch-free and / or inclusion of sustainably and naturally sourced ingredients.

With these growing consumer preferences in mind, dietary supplement formulators and brand owners prioritize naturally sourced and vegetarian ingredients, such as HPMC as an alternative to gelatin. HPMC based capsules are  non-GMO, non-animal derived, gluten-free, starch-free and naturally sourced. The lower moisture content – 4-6% compared to the 12-14% of gelatin capsules – allows HPMC capsules to better protect hygroscopic and moisture sensitive ingredients and provides chemical stability against cross-linking. Solid dosage form HPMC delivers better physical stability as they will not melt together during transportation or change their properties when stored in hot, humid or dry conditions. Further additions like capsule coatings bring additional desirable functions such as delayed delivery or targeted release of active ingredients.

We’ve been formulating pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements for decades, so we understand what it takes to develop exceptional vegetarian capsules. If you want to better meet your customer’s everchanging health, dietary, lifestyle and culture requirements, our team of global experts will support you in seamlessly transitioning from gelatin to HPMC. Whether you’re going plant-based, searching for a capsule coating to improve swallowability or taste masking to ensure patient compliance, or target delivery to enhance bioavailability, we are here to help every step of the way. 


Product Recommendations:

Our Solution



Cellulose ether that enables vegetarian hard capsules, resistant to heat and humidity conditions, no cross-linking

Aquateric® N100

A plant-based coating solution that improves active ingredient delivery and meets enteric disintegration requirements of dietary supplements

Avicel® PH/ Endurance® 

Microcrystalline cellulose for streamlined filling of capsules

Avicel® SMCC

Allows easier processing for powders, better flow and efficient filling of capsules


Ethylcellulose coating solutions for taste masking and controlled release

Gelcarin®, Viscarin®

Naturally occurring hydrophilic polysaccharides extracted from red seaweed used for gelling, thickening and stabilizing formulations

Grindsted® CF 120

Vegan alternative to gelatin requiring short setting time and temperatures

Grindsted® CF 130

Non-GMO ingredient used to create uniform gel strength and clean cuts and slight elastic texture, suitable for quick demolding

Grindsted® CF 140

‘Clean label’ ingredient used to create soft viscous texture while requiring short setting times and temperatures

*Examples only and not representative of a complete list of products. Please note that regional differences in applicable laws and regulations may restrict the use of certain products in dietary supplements or different terminology definitions may apply. Please contact us for further information.



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Products We Offer:


Formulate exceptional plant-based supplements, sourced from citrus

Water-soluble, plant-based ingredient with diverse functionality
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Versatile plant-based alternative to gelatin

A delayed release coating solution for nutraceuticals

Versatile functional ingredient for dietary supplements

Superior dietary supplement disintegrants

Consumer-friendly tablet binders

Ingredients extracted straight from nature

Solutions We Deliver:


Enable on-the-go, ‘clean label’ supplements that match consumer’s fast-paced lifestyle and increases adherence

High-quality ingredients, released with absolute accuracy for immediate, sustained & delayed release results

Transform natural functional ingredients into great tasting alternative dosage forms like gummies, ODTS, soft chews and chewables

Innovative solutions for delivering greater throughput and yields with improved capsule-processing speed, decreased dosage size and increased efficiency

Clean and sustainable ingredients sourced right from nature to formulate gummies, tablets, soft and hard capsules

Deliver exceptional flavor, texture, chewability and swallowability with high-quality solutions for various delivery formats

Pack in flavor and function, without unnecessary amounts of sugar or preservatives to mask bitter tasting ingredients

Other Delivery Forms:


Naturally derived supplement ingredients for heat-stable, taste masked and easy-to-swallow softgels

Reduce pill fatigue with convenient oral dosage forms that eliminate swallowing difficulties while leaving a creamy mouthfeel and pleasant taste

Delicious chewable, vegan supplements that support healthy, on-the-go lifestyles without loads of sugar

‘Clean label’ and non-GMO ready-to-use technology for melt-in-your-mouth alternatives to gummy supplements

Convenient, easy-to-swallow solid oral dosage form for a taste masked, immediate release and cost-efficient solution

Efficient, versatile and shelf-stable solutions for the world’s most popular oral dosage form
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