Better Plant Sciences Inc. announced that its majority owned subsidiary NeonMind Biosciences has completed an initial production run of all four of its Ayurvedic, functional mushroom coffees.
“With this production run successfully completed, we are now prepared to begin consumer testing. We are also lining up distribution and are preparing to begin tests for digital marketing for the website prior to its launch,” said Penny White, CEO of Better Plant. “We are excited to be able to fulfill the growing consumer appetite for functional food products that promote good health.”
Functional foods are food that are demonstrated to have physiological benefits and/or reduce the risk of chronic disease beyond just providing nutrition alone.
This production run includes four unique SKUs, which are all infused with Ayurveda botanicals.
Two instant superfood mushroom coffee blends for on-the go:
- Rest Blend: Contains Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Ashwagandha and Turmeric
Energize Blend: Contains Turkey Tail, Cordyceps, Holy Basil and Moringa
Two traditional roasted superfood mushroom coffee blends:
- Focus Blend (Dark Roast): Contains Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Gotu Kola, Brahmi
- Protect Blend (Medium Roast): Turkey Tail, Cordyceps, Moringa and Amla
“When selecting partners such as a co-packer for functional food production, it is crucial to find alignment on safety, nutrition, quality and values,” said Bhavna Solecki, Director of Research and Product Development for Better Plant. “Production facilities should have suitable techniques, methods, and tools, to keep and enrich the nutritive values and bioactivity of the products, as well as be able to propose future directions for food analytical methodologies to refine the process of sorting, grinding, conveying, processing and packaging systems. They must also be able to provide nutritional facts and quality of food and contents of nutrients and bio active components using third party analysis”
Each batch also goes through third party microbial testing with a certificate of analysis issued by the facility to enhance the homogeneity and stability of the final product for storage and shelf life.
Grand View Research reported in 2019 that the functional foods market is expected to reach USD $275.77 billion by 2025.