Mitsubishi Begins Production Of Antioxidant Food Additive In Brunei

Friday, July 8th, 2016 | 648 Views


Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Corporation has begun full production of an antioxidant food additive in Brunei. The product being produced is a compound called astaxanthin, which features an antioxidant effect of reducing deterioration.

Demand for the compound is expected to rise in Asia for use in health foods and cosmetics. The company plans to sell the additive to companies looking to tap into the increasingly health and beauty conscious consumers in the region.

Astaxanthin is a pigment that makes crustaceans such as prawns and crabs red. It is used in cosmetics and other products by Japan’s Fujifilm.

The estimated US$10-million plant produces the astaxanthin powder. The power is then shipped to Japan, where one of Mitsubishi’s affiliate plants turns it into a liquid and then supplies the product to food and cosmetic companies.

There are plans to expand the Brunei production facility within five years so that the entire production process can be done in the country.

 

 

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