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Plant-Based Solutions

Clean, sustainable ingredients, sourced from nature.


In the capsule market alone, plant-based supplements have grown twice as much as their gelatin counterparts. Over 375 million people around the world identify as vegetarian, but even more consumers possess a desire to better the planet through their dietary choices. As the global population trends towards more sustainable and non-animal options, gelatin – extracted from skin, bones and connective tissues of animals – has declined in popularity.

Although gelatin is a familiar ingredient to consumers, alternative hydrocolloids such as pectin and seaweed extracts can provide an enjoyable taste and texture experience while aligning to their lifestyle preferences. Making the switch means creating gummies that provide increased heat stability, low reactivity and ease of processability for manufacturers. Or, for softgels and hard capsule supplements, it means creating vegan alternatives that are resistant to cross-linking.

We are here to help make the transition. DuPont’s array of plant-based supplement solutions extends far beyond traditional hard and soft capsules. Our team of global experts can help you formulate plant-based gummies, chewable tablets and capsules that deliver superior sensory experience, swallowability and optimal nutritional ingredient delivery.

Our vegan products are sustainably sourced with high-quality ingredients like seaweed and pectin—all derived from our natural surroundings to limit supplement manufacturers’ environmental impact. These animal-free components comply with vegan, vegetarian, Halal and Kosher diets, and allow brand owners to adopt ‘clean-labels’ with short and simplified ingredient lists that are easy for consumers to understand.


Product Recommendations*

Our Solution




Soft capsules

Clean-label, vegan and non-GMO alternative to gelatin, used to reduce cross-linking and eliminate melting



Plant-based alternative to gelatin for formulating vegan supplements


Hard shell capsules

Cellulose-based solutions that enable vegetarian hard capsules, resistant to heat and humidity conditions, no cross-linking


Tablet matrix former 

Cellulosics that enable slow release of nutritional ingredients, improving consumer experience by reducing number of tablets consumed throughout the day


Tablet binder

Microcrystalline cellulose tablet binder that enables small and high-quality tablets with low dusting and an efficient tableting process 


Tablet Disintegrant

Non-GMO croscarmellose sodium to rapidly disintegrate tablets to deliver the nutritional ingredient faster  


Delayed release coating system

Non-GMO, seaweed-based coating system to delay the release of nutritional ingredients for an enhanced consumer experience

Gelcarin®, Viscarin®


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



Robust tablet binder to formulate compressible, nutritional ingredients in dietary supplement formulations

*Examples only and not representative of a complete list of products. Regional regulations may restrict the use of certain products in dietary supplements. Please contact us for further information.



Figus, Cinzia, et al. “375 Million Vegetarians Worldwide. All the Reasons for a Green Lifestyle.” EXPONet, 27 Oct. 2014, www.expo2015.org/magazine/en/lifestyle/375-million-vegetarians-worldwide.html.

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Additional Solutions:


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

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

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

Delivery Forms We Offer:


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

Plant-based and sustainably sourced ingredients to create pills that support vegan, vegetarian, kosher and halal lifestyles

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