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Green technology for Vidya Europe

Vidya Europe, the French subsidiary of the international Vidya Herbs group, has inaugurated a new industrial unit dedicated to the manufacture of innovative, organic plant extracts using eco-friendly CO2 supercritical.

The Indian Vidya Herbs group and its subsidiaries are major players in the manufacture and distribution of plant extracts, and one of the pioneers of organic extracts. The group specializes in the development, manufacture and distribution of plant extracts and ingredients for the nutraceutical, food, animal nutrition/petfood and cosmetics industries. 

To reinforce its development, Vidya Europe, its French subsidiary, has acquired an innovative production facility based on supercritical fluid extraction technology. Thanks to the support of the France Relance scheme, a brand-new 1400 m2 has emerged from the ground. 

Located in the Eure-et-Loir region of France, the new plant is set in a bucolic setting. It incorporates CO2 5, 25 and 3×400 liter supercritical units, capable of operating at pressures up to 1000 bar. Equipped with all related accessories, this unit can develop and produce biological lipid extracts. The 3×400-liter unit enables mass production, while the smaller units enable very high value-added production.

Extraction with CO2 supercritical solvent is a green method for extracting natural plant components. This technique uses a selective solvent that is non-toxic and non-destructive of active molecules. It replaces the use of organic solvents that are harmful to people and the environment.

Vidya Europe at a glance

Vidya Europe is the European subsidiary of the Indian group Vidya Herbs, based in Eure et Loir (production units) and in the south-west Paris region (head office, research & innovation center and logistics platform). This international group was founded in the 2000s by Shyamprasad Kodimule, who is currently CEO. Vidya Herbs specializes in the production and distribution of plant-based ingredients and active ingredients for the BtoB market. The company has a total of fifteen production facilities in India, France, the United States and Japan, as well as a worldwide commercial presence. Vidya Herbs is recognized as one of the world leaders in turmeric, and plays a significant role in the coffee sector.

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