Consumption Nanotechnology
the Future of Functional Beverages

Beverage manufacturers are paying increasingly more attention to what is often dubbed “water-soluble” or “nano” technology and its potential use for infused beverages. The technology allows manufacturers to infuse beverages with oil-based functional ingredients and improve the absorption of these ingredients. Those with any plans to infuse a product with vitamins, CBD or other oil-based nutraceuticals should strongly consider exploring consumption nanotechnology to ensure that their product offering remains relevant.

What is this technology and how does it work? Put simply, the nano input is created when you combine an oil with other ingredients and process it in a way that causes the oil particles to become incredibly small. There are a few methods and types of equipment that can be used, but the idea is the same. When the particles are made small enough – the goal being under 80 nanometers in size – they disperse uniformly in water and can be absorbed more quickly and in greater quantities than they normally would be.

Consumption nanotechnology is fairly new to the beverage scene. What makes it exciting is its ability to enhance the performance of infused beverages in a way that serves the preferences of many health and wellness consumers. A nano input allows an oil to be infused into a beverage while at the same time ensuring that the product won’t become cloudy or milky. It also creates what is called “enhanced bioavailability” of the functional ingredient. For example, an infused vitamin water that uses a nano input will allow the consumer to absorb far more of the vitamin than from a standard vitamin water – it enhances the bioavailability of the vitamin.

A word of caution: understand the degree to which a technology provider has stress-tested their solution. As beverage manufacturers know, the pH of a product, the efficacy of its preservative regimen and temperature sensitivity are just a few of many formulation considerations. A major stumbling block of many consumption nanotechnologies lies in making them stable in the face of these and many other factors that present themselves throughout the pre-consumption life cycle of a product.

A viable nano input needs to remain stable when used in a beverage. Unstable inputs will cause the beverage to become cloudy, may cause sedimentation and may result in a layer of oil on top of the beverage. When this happens, the nano input is no longer a nano input. It has lost the advantages such as homogenous dispersion, clarity and enhanced bioavailability.

The advantages of using consumption nanotechnologies are becoming more apparent, but so are the difficulties in finding a solution that will truly improve the performance of your product and your brand. Beverage brands and manufacturers should absolutely be exploring these technologies, but they should also ensure that the one selected has been comprehensively formulated and stress-tested.

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Author: Andrew Wong – President of Axiomm Technologies

In late 2017, Andrew shifted his attention from his corporate law practice and co-founded Axiomm Technologies with a view to developing technologies that could be used to improve the consumption of vitamins, nutraceuticals and CBD. He has experience in corporate diligence, governance and financing activities, and he has provided many clients with counsel in heavily regulated industries. Axiomm Technologies is a technology company whose team of technical experts combines academic and industrial expertise in the development and commercialization of novel manufacturing and consumption methods. All technologies and products are designed with the health and wellness consumer in mind, and each increases the efficiency and speed with which the body absorbs vitamins, nutraceuticals and cannabinoids.

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