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Plant Origin: Mountain horopito, is an evergreen shrub or small tree (1–2.5 m) commonly called pepperwood because its leaves have a very hot bite. Its yellow and green leaves are blotched with red; new leaves in the spring are bright red. It is widespread throughout New Zealand, from lowland forests to higher montane forests, and from 36° 30′ South as far southwards as Stewart Island/Rakiura.
Description: Horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) is only found in New Zealand and is a member of the Winteraceae family. It is one of the oldest surviving flowering plants and it has survived 65 million years because of the superb natural chemical defence system in its leaves. Its antioxidants have enabled it to survive the millennia of climate changes that wiped out most early plant species. These actives have also enabled it to sucessfully withstand predators since the dinosaur age. Horopito is so ancient it lacks the specialist water conducting vessels of most flowering plants. Therefore it is very susceptible to drought and grows only in swampy or high rainfall areas, usually under temperate rainforest. The subcanopy of these forests provides ideal conditions for the growth of yeasts and fungi, which is why Horopito has developed such outstanding natural defences in its leaves against these organisms.
Chemical Composition: Active Horopito™ oleoresin is a rich source of the sesquiterpene dialdehyde polygodial. Other constituents include essential oils such as pinenes, limones, humulene and eugenol, and the flavonoids quercetin, luteolin and proanthocyanidins.
• functional ingredients
• natural antimicrobials
• flavour enhancers
• natural preservative
• preservative synergist
Forest Herbs Research Ltd is a well established private company dedicated to bringing the benefits of New Zealand’s natural products to the world – horopito and manuka honey.
1. Horopito (product branded as Kolorex)
It has spent twenty years researching the properties of this ancient plant and developing useful products from it. Forest Herbs surveyed all the major wild populations of Horopito and found enormous variation in plant activity. Forest Herbs cultivates and harvests only Kolorex Horopito, and each batch of leaf is assayed against a standard to confirm superior activity.
Forest Herbs brand of Kolorex Horopito products has established a niche in markets as diverse as Kazakhstan, Israel and Italy. The company holds a patent over the best method for extracting Kolorex Horopito (super critical CO2) and owns the only cultivated plantation.
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2. Honey (product branded as Biohoney)
Forest Herbs have searched New Zealand to source the very best quality pure honey. The Biohoney range includes Laboratory certified Manuka Honey 5+, 10+ and 15+, also Organic Clover and Beech Forest Honeydew. See http://www.biohoneynz.co.nz for more information.
Forest Herbs seeks collaboration with:
- Distributors wishing to take finished products to new markets.
- Natural health companies wishing to own brand/own pack bulk supplied product.
- Cosmetic companies seeking a rare natural preservative and/or functional ingredient.
- Food and beverage manufacturers seeking a spicy new flavour and/or a functional ingredient and/or a natural preservative.
- Personal care manufacturers seeking enhanced functionality and/or synergy.
Company Founded: 1994
Markets currently sold in:
Natural Health Laboratories is a New Zealand owned company producing products in New Zealand for New Zealanders – dedicated to improving health outcomes through information, education and the manufacture and supply of quality dietary supplements – Clinicians.
We present our products to the New Zealand market through the Clinicians brand – available at leading pharmacies and health shops.
Alzheimer’s, anemia, antioxidants, anxiety, bladder infections, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, depressions, diabetes, digestion, eyes, fatigue, fibromyalgia, glandular fever, gout, herpes, immunity, inflammation, insomnia, joint health, libido, menopause, migraine, mood, morning sickness, muscle cramp, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, premenstrual syndrome, prostate health, rheumatoid arthritis, selenium deficiency, stress, thyroid health, viral infections, women’s hormones and wound healing.
Clinicians products are distributed by Douglas Pharmaceuticals and are available through Pharmacy, and health stores, wholesalers and Pacific Health & Fitness.
Company Founded: 1997
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Phytomed was founded by Phil Rasmussen, a highly respected medical herbalist and trained pharmacist, we are proud to be an entirely New Zealand owned and operated company. Our roots are embedded in traditional herbal philosophy, which we combine with the latest research to produce herbal medicines of the highest quality. We have developed rigid quality assurance procedures which have enabled us to become a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified manufacturing facility.
We are committed to:
- Production of high quality, efficacious and safe phytomedicines for health practitioners
- Validation and promotion of the therapeutic properties of herbal medicines through quality research and education
- Where possible, the sourcing of raw materials from local New Zealand growers preferably as certified organic
- Promotion of the medicinal uses of New Zealand native flora, when cultivated or wild-crafted in a sustainable and ethically sound manner
- A belief that New Zealand has the potential to become large producer and exporter of a wide range of premium quality herbal medicines, produced in a truly sustainable manner
Company Founded: 1988
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Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand-based science company formed in December 2008 through the merger of HortResearch and Crop & Food Research. With over 900 staff based at sites across New Zealand as well as in Europe, the USA and Australia, Plant & Food Research provides research and development that adds value to fruit, vegetable, crop and food products.
Our research and commercial partnerships cover a broad spectrum of disciplines and industry sectors – from molecular biology to nutrigenomics, fresh fruit to high value seafood products.
At the heart of Plant & Food Research is a goal to underpin the growth of plant and marine-based industry in New Zealand and offshore through the successful application and commercialisation of research-based innovation.
Company Founded: 2008
Victoria is one of New Zealand’s most significant research institutions, spending a substantial proportion of its total budget on research. Victoria has researchers of national or international repute working in a diverse range of disciplines. Victoria is recognised as a thought leader in a number of international growth areas, with key partnerships with a number of Crown Research Institutes, and millions of dollars invested into our research programmes every year.