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Probi's upcycled fermentation broth becomes the basis of a new skin care product

13:00 / 11 April 2022 Probi Press release

By-product from Probi's manufacturing of probiotic dietary supplements is used in a new skin care product to be launched by Symrise in April 2022. This new skin care business opportunity also provides other benefits for Probi[®]. By upcycling valuable fermentation media from probiotic fermentation, we improve both production profitability and reduce our environmental footprint, while commercializing a new ingredient.

Probi has for a long time worked closely with Symrise in various areas which has now resulted in a new skin care ingredient. SymFerment[®] is a moisturizing active ingredient based on Probi's profound expertise in probiotics. Symrise's plan is to present the ingredient at the in-cosmetic Global trade fair in Paris in April 2022. The companies have jointly developed the ingredient, which is based on a by-product from Probi's production of probiotic dietary supplements. Probi has a turn-key supply commitment, from the extraction of the by-product that is derived from the fermentation of Lactiplantibacillus (Lactobacillus), to the finished format delivered to Symrise.

"By using a by-product from our regular production, our waste is upcycled and processed into new products. Part of the amount of water we use in production can therefore be reused. This is not only good for our gross margins in production but for use of resources in terms of water consumption," says Andy McShea, Chief Operating Officer, Probi.

The field of probiotics has grown dramatically and the impacts of probiotics on skin are proven as the skin microbiome has become a major field of scientific endeavor.

"Consumers are increasingly asking for sustainable cosmetic products," says Léa Schmidt, Global Product Manager at Symrise. "That's why sustainability always forms the heart of our product development efforts. Thanks to the partnership with Probi, we can use valuable by-products from the production of probiotics to create effective ingredients such as SymFerment[®]."

"This is completely in line with our ambition to find new application areas in probiotics with the added benefit of reducing our environmental footprint. We see potential to develop this business further," says Tom Rönnlund, CEO of Probi.

For further information, please contact:

Tom Rönnlund, CEO, Probi[®], Phone: +46 46 286 89 40, E-mail:
Charlotte Beyerholm, Director Marketing & Global Communication, Probi[®], Phone: +46 76 870 94 65, E-mail:


Probi[®] is a global company focused exclusively on researching, manufacturing, and delivering probiotics for
supplements and functional food. We are experts at managing stable, live bacteria from R&D through every
stage of the manufacturing process and are dedicated to making the health-enhancing benefits of probiotics
available to people everywhere. Our health concepts, formulations, and formats are supported by robust clinical
documentation. Since our founding in 1991 at Sweden's Lund University, Probi has expanded its operations to
more than 40 markets. We hold more than 400 patents globally. Read more at

Probi[®] is a registered trademark of Probi AB.


Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavors, food, nutrition and cosmetic ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and producers of nutritional supplements and pet food. Its sales of € 3.8 billion in the 2021 fiscal year make Symrise a leading global provider. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented by more than 100 locations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America. Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready concepts for products that form an integral part of everyday life. Economic success and corporate responsibility are inextricably linked as part of this process. Symrise - always inspiring more …

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