Capsugel’s DRcaps Capsules Awarded Top Honors by Nutraceutical Business and Technology Magazine at VitaFoods Europe

May 24, 2012

Bornem, Belgium, May 24, 2012– Capsugel took top honors for its novel DRcaps acid-resistant capsules winning the Best New Plant, Process and Technology category awarded by Nutraceutical Business and Technology (NBT) Magazine. The award was announced as part of this week’s VitaFoods Europe taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.

“Capsugel appreciates the recognition by NBT for the innovative advances DRcaps capsules bring to the nutraceutical industry and, most importantly, consumers,” said Keith Hutchison, Senior Vice President of R&D at Capsugel. “DRcaps capsules are the result of careful, in-depth research, culminating in an innovative approach to making an acid-resistant capsule with a one-step manufacturing process, and the ability to prevent consumers from experiencing gastric irritation.  All without formula changes, different filling equipment, or extra investment costs for our customers.”

Acid-resistant DRcaps capsules are composed of vegetal origin products in an easy-to-use dosage form, accepted by many consumers with cultural, religious or dietary restrictions – including vegetarians. DRcaps capsules also do not require coatings to mask odor, taste or to achieve acid-resistance, reducing cost and complexity during manufacturing.

Head judge of the NBT awards Kevin Robinson noted that Capsugel's winning nomination “ticked all the boxes.” “DRcaps provide improvements and benefits over existing technologies across a range of parameters, including manufacturing, marketing, the environment, cost and stability,” he said. “The company clearly identified the challenges with existing technology and developed an innovative solution that addresses a range of benefits to improve the offerings of the nutraceutical industry and healthy lifestyles worldwide.”

About Capsugel
Capsugel is a global leader in innovative dosage forms and solutions for the healthcare industry. Offering a comprehensive array of products and services, from hard gelatin, liquid-filled, and vegetarian capsules, to innovative R&D product development services, Capsugel is at the forefront of drug delivery innovation providing support to customers from formulation to final production. For more information about Capsugel, visit

About the NBT Awards
In partnership with Vitafoods Europe, the Awards recognize excellence in R&D, marketing, business and technology within the nutraceutical industry, across the entire sector, looking at ingredients, production, finished products, applications and business practices. The mission is to deliver a set of benchmarks that will provide a pan-European/global audience of nutraceutical professionals the opportunity to recognize significant developments in quality of service, health management, research and development, and relationship management, and will also provide a recognized and tangible reward for the successful companies. For more information, visit