The first use of pullulan was reported in 1938. Commercial production of pullulan began in Japan in 1976. The raw material is non-GMO and is prepared under a patented manufacturing process. One of the first commercial successes was the use of pullulan in pocket-pack strips. Capsugel started development of a pullulan capsule in the late 1990's. A first generation pullulan capsule was introduced in 2003 in the dietary supplement industry. Capsugel introduced the second generation pullulan capsule in 2012 with a new patented formula. The second generation pullulan used tapioca as the root source which provided more robust mechanical properties.