Quality in Manufacturing

At RFI Ingredients, From Field to Formula® is our company mission – to use ingredients close to the way that Mother Nature made them.

Our state-of-the-art, domestic manufacturing facilities reflect this. Our experienced applications team can help you formulate, produce, and package dietary supplements, functional foods, and beverage products with less cost and with less lead time than typical co-manufacturers.

In addition, our facilities meet and exceed all regulatory standards—domestic and international—and we even have a full, in-house microbiological lab.

If you are looking for a dedicated, knowledgeable, full-service partner that offers full traceability, QC/QA support and key regulatory certifications, give us a call today.

RAW MATERIAL SOURCING

We believe that an excellent manufacturing company begins with its ingredient sources, long before production begins. With that in mind, we have conscientiously created relationships with high-quality farms and producers. Many of our ingredients originate in our own fields!

We call this structure a “vertical network,” since we’re involved in the process, from seed to final product. The vertical network keeps our values at the top: organic ingredients that are as unchanged from their natural state as possible (i.e., whole food nutrition).

  • Sustainably-farmed organic and conventional ingredients
  • Worldwide sourcing partnerships for seasonally-farmed ingredients

DRYING, MILLING, BLENDING, AND GRANULATION

Drying

We have drum dryers for most of our essential drying needs. In addition to those capabilities, we toll dry using air dry, spray dry, and freeze drying partners.

Milling
Milling is an essential step in making foods more easily digested and therefore more bioavailable.  Traditionally, milling has been used to grind down various foods such as cereal grasses, corn, and oats so they can be cooked and eaten. In fact, ground grains are one of civilization’s earliest foods. People combined ground grain with yeast to create the first breads. Milling is important for controlling particle size of ingredients so that they can be used consistently, either in a final product or in blending.

Blending
We have four large blenders, which thoroughly blend and mix any multi-ingredient product. All products are also sieved and put through a metal detector as an additional measure of caution before the products are encapsulated, pouched, or bottled.

Granulation & Roller Compaction
A recent equipment addition to the RFI manufacturing facility is our granulation and roller compaction units. With this equipment, we can take powder or fine material and convert it into larger pieces, even flakes. We do this using roller compaction (instead of slugging), since the end result is more uniform in size and weight. A consistent size will improve the texture, consistency, and flavor of the product. Granulation is particularly well-suited to botanicals. Often, the process makes the product easier to encapsulate, since we’re working with a heavier, more solid ingredient instead of a fine powder.

FERMENTATION AND CUSTOM INGREDIENTS

Fermentation offers a variety of benefits for processing food and botanical products. Through fermentation, ingredients can be concentrated, have improved bioavailability and digestibility. RFI is proud to be a pioneer in fermentation technology and offers a variety of products, using our proprietary fermentation process.

With our roots (pun intended) in cereal grasses, vegetables, fruit, and herbs, we have moved on to fermenting a larger variety of ingredients. These new ingredients are both food and dietary supplements. Our FermaPro® line of ingredients features some hot sellers like fermented beets and fermented turmeric. We also offer custom fermented ingredients and blends.

These ingredients are growing in popularity among consumers, and our ability to provide these ingredients keeps our customers at the top of the market.

LIQUID EXTRACTS, CONCENTRATES, AND BLENDS

Our Process

We have developed a proprietary counter-current extraction process for all our liquid extracts, brews, and concentrates. Our natural brewing process delivers concentrated extracts with superior flavor and unmatched functionality.

We specialize in flavor and botanical extracts, with applications in food, beverage, tinctures, and other supplements. We use a variety of solvents, including:

  • Water
  • Ethanol – organic or conventional
  • Glycerin – organic or conventional
  • Propylene glycol USP
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Liquid Blends & Formulations

We blend and bottle a variety of liquids, in sizes 1-16 ounces.

  • Syrups
  • Bitters
  • Tinctures

ENCAPSULATION, BOTTLING, AND POUCHING

Encapsulation and bottling have been at the heart of our capabilities, ever since we opened our first manufacturing facility over 20 years ago. We have increased our capacity multiple times over the years, especially when we moved to our larger facility in Broomfield, Colorado.

Two-piece hard shell encapsulation

  • Certified-Organic capsules now available


Capsule & powder fill – organic & conventional

  • Glass bottles
  • Plastic jars and canisters (HDPE and PET)
  • Stand-up gusseted and re-sealable pouches
  • Single-serving packets


Liquid Fill

  • 1-16 ounces (with more sizes added soon)
  • Plastic & glass bottles
    • Tinctures, syrups, and more
  • Shelf stable

COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGING LINES

  • Powder filling
  • Encapsulation
  • Cotton and desiccant insertion
  • Metal detection and check weighing
  • Capping
  • Induction sealing
  • Labeling
  • Expiration/lot stamping (on bottle or label)
  • Shrink tunnel
  • Boxing
  • Shrink labeling

Manufacturing Quality Through Testing

RFI Ingredients has our own internal QA/QC and in-house labs. These labs include the option for in-house microbiological testing.

An in-house micro lab significantly cuts down on wait times and costs. Unlike other food manufacturers, we don’t have to send materials to expensive outside labs and wait for the results. Testing in-house helps keep your project on track!

Visit our Quality page HERE to learn more about our thorough testing.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certifications are important at RFI so that we can create the right product for your target audience. They speak to the quality and integrity of our bulk ingredients and finished products. Our regulatory and QA teams work hard to ensure our certifications are current and active.