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Manufacturing, supply and profit sharing agreement

Manufacturing, supply and profit sharing agreement

Knighton Foods are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with OptiBiotix Health plc that sees Knighton Foods granted with an exclusive licence to manufacture and supply OptiBiotix’s SlimBiome® within the UK.

SlimBiome® is a patented combination of natural ingredients that utilises OptiBiotix’s unique microbiome modulation science and will be supplied by Knighton Foods as a specialised functional ingredients into a wide range of finished products for use in Retail, Vending and Out Of Home sectors. Knighton Food’s advanced powder technology has been key to developing a new and improved product, providing enhanced solubility, better product presentation, greatly improved flavouring and an improved mouthfeel.

Over recent years there has been an increase in the number of studies on the effects of microbiome modulation (PreBiotics) as the consumer and food manufactures seek to make what we eat as healthy as possible. In 2004 there were less than 50 research publications, this had increased in 2014 to over 1,800. Many of these research studies focused on understanding how microbiomes effect the human body and, at very early stages have been linked to treatments for a host of diseases. Research in to microbiome is a hot topic in the science world at the moment, with researchers linking the bacteria in our guts to a whole plethora of health related disorders, the evidence is that gut microbiome has a profound effect on human health. This agreement brings together a leader in microbiome science with a marketing leading powder processor.

Richard Ilsley, CEO of Knighton Foods commented: “We are pleased to announce this agreement between Knighton Foods and OptiBiotix. The partnership brings together ground breaking science with our specialist powder manufacturing capabilities. All the research being undertaken and the science that’s already proven, points to a potential step change in the use of functional ingredients within the food manufacturing industry. As the food industry looks to find ways to produce healthy, tasty products that deliver real consumer benefits the ability to include SlimBiome® to our product range plays an important part in the future growth and direction of Knighton Foods.”