Food & Beverage News

Current Consumer Trends in the United Kingdom

Here at Ransom Naturals, we always keep up to date with the UK and World’s food and beverage trends. We believe adapting to these is key in order to stay or become a market leader. Many of our extracts support these trends, contact us to know more!

Clean and Clear Label: Consumers are looking for less ingredients in their beverage labels. Shortlisting is becoming the norm, usually on the front of pack too.
Familiar Ingredients: All ingredients need to be recognized not as ‘industry standard’ but from the perspective of a consumer. This exposes the product in a positive way.
Marketing Natural: Not only using natural ingredients but branding and sub-branding based on natural themes or words that have an emotional pull. Highlighting natural ingredients also is associated with healthfulness.
Natural Colours and Flavours: Natural ingredients are now the standard, not only for flavours but also for colours.
Hedgerow Harvest and Foraging: Sourcing flavour ingredients that represent naturalness and ‘summer walks’, from trustworthy sources. Elderberries, Rosehips, Blackberries, Hawthorn Berries and Elderflowers, most with a particular fruit taste and the human connection of harvesting. All of which are in Ransom Naturals extracts portfolio.


 Here are some trending botanicals and their related uses:

Brain Health: Ginger, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng and Cinnamon traditionally used and associated with brain health.
Heart Health Garlic, Cinnamon, Ginger, Turmeric and Annato associated with keeping a healthy heart.
Energy and Stamina: Ginseng, Guarana, Ginger and Maca root traditionally used to boost stamina.
Immune Health: Ginger, Elderberry, Echinacea and Ginseng traditionally used to boost immune system.
Digestive Health: Ginger, Milk Thistle, Fennel Seed and Chamomile associated with better digestion. 

Natural is now Mainstream

Processing the Natural way

Age-old processes, such as maceration, are being given a new lease of life. They are natural and easier to understand than modern processes, which are perceived as artificial.

We must always consider that in order to achieve consumer acceptance for a new process, education that purports the benefit will be key, otherwise potential consumer misunderstandings may take place.

We have seen evidence in the beverage sector where marketing around the traditional and artisanal nature for processing has consumer appeal. Thus a renaissance is occurring in drinks that use food ingredients obtained through traditional extraction methods.

Ransom Naturals has been extracting botanicals for over a century and to this day we use the same traditional methods but aided by modern quality control systems. All of our extracts are macerated in a liquid for a determined amount of time until the balance of flavours and chemistry equilibrium is just right. These then undergo a rigorous quality control system to ensure we get it right every time.

 Food processes that have been around for centuries or even millennia are in the spotlight, as they bring with them a natural and authentic image that counteracts some of the negative perceptions that come about with heavily processed food.

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Pharmaceutical and Healthcare News


Capsicum, of the Solanaceae family, is know to have been cultivated in Central and South America more than 6000 years ago. It was first introduced to Europe in the 13th century originally as a substitute for costly black peppercorn. Today Capsicum is widely used as an API or excipient in both pharmaceutical and personal care sectors as well as in food and beverage applications.

The group of compounds which are responsible for the therapeutic effects of Capsicum are capsaicinoids, which deliver its characteristic warmth and pungency. However, in some cases  synthetically derived nonivamide material, an inexpensive alternative to naturally occurring capsaicinoids, is added to Capsicum extracts as a low cost means of increasing the analysed level of capsaicinoids. At higher than permitted levels this addition of nonivamide is non compliant.

Typically Capsicum is used in medicinal creams or patches to treat muscular and arthritic related pain. Ransom Naturals Ltd produce a wide range of Capsicum based extracts to meet the British, European and United States pharmacopeial monographs as well as those standardised for customer specific requirements.

We are one of only a very few European manufacturers of Capsicum related extracts. As regulation continues to tighten we remain ever more focused on maintaining a robust and compliant supply chain. As a result we use only pharmacopeial grade raw material ensuring that the nonivamide content derived from this is always well below the permitted level of not more than 5.0 per cent of the total capsaicinoids content.

  • Significant European manufacturer of Capsicum related extracts, oleoresins and tinctures.
  • Targeting a variety of pharmacopeia or meeting in house customer specifications
  • Regulatory support available for licencing applications
  • RNL can work with partners to develop mutual recognition for capsicum related extracts
  • In depth finished formulation knowledge across health, personal care and food sectors.


Capsicum related presentation June 30th 2016



Polygala is a large genus of flowering plants which are commonly known as snakeroots or milkworts and are members of the Polygalaceae family. More than 700 species have been described and the genus shows an intercontinental geographical distribution with representatives native to the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australia. The life forms include shrubs, vines and trees which are characterised by having twisted and conical roots which possess a pungent taste and give off a somewhat woody odour reminiscent of wintergreen (Gaultheria spp).

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Plant of the Month: September 2014 Cocillana


Guarea rusbyi (Britton) Rusbyi more commonly known as Guapi Bark, Huapi Bark and Grape Bark is a plant native to tropical South and Central America, particularly Bolivia and the eastern Andes. The plant is a member of the Meliaceae family and is an evergreen tree which grows to about 45 m in height. The bark occurs are flat or curved pieces with an outer surface that is fissured and grey brown in colour. It has an astringent taste and is slightly nauseous with a characteristic odour.

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