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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
FUTERRO launches the first fully integrated PLA plant in China
FUTERRO launches the first fully integrated PLA plant in China
Brussels, 20th of October 2020 - FUTERRO, a subsidiary of the Belgian GALACTIC group, has started operating the first PLA production unit in China in collaboration with its historical partner BBCA Biochemical. 

PLA is a bioplastic made of lactic acid, which is itself produced by the fermentation of corn sugar or any other form of carbohydrate from biomass. Located in the city of Bengbu (Anhui), the PLA unit has a capacity of 30,000 tons/year and is supplied by a lactic acid unit with a capacity of 80,000 tons, that also supplies a company belonging to GALACTIC producing food ingredients based on lactic acid for the Asian market. 

The 3 factories were built in record time of 24 months by a mixed Belgian-Chinese team. 

For FUTERRO and the GALACTIC group, it is the result of 30 years of work dedicated to the development of cutting-edge technology for the production, use and recycling of PLA. 

The new lactic acid and PLA units incorporate new patented technologies that allow the production of high-quality products at competitive costs. FUTERRO and BBCA are already planning to bring the lactic acid production to 180,000 tons/year (which will make it one of the largest units in the world) and that of PLA to 100,000 tons/year (which will be Asia's leading unit in terms of capacity).

“This first plant is an important step in FUTERRO’s evolution. Today, we see that the PLA is beginning to find its place in the world of plastics not only due to its natural origin but also to its intrinsic properties. We believe that after 30 years of development, the PLA will experience a strong acceleration in the upcoming years. If speaking only about China, the number of new applications that have been prepared in advance by the local industry in anticipation of the opening of our factory is impressive: food packaging in injected form, films, foams, insulation products, agricultural films, textile fibers, 3D filaments, cases for electronics, furniture, construction joineries, carpets, bedding, filtrations, bottles and cans, auto parts…” Frédéric van Gansberghe says, CEO of FUTERRO.

FUTERRO a world leader in bio-renewable technology.

Based in Belgium (Brussels and Escanaffles) FUTERRO is specialized in PLA (Poly Lactic Acid), a biopolymer used as an alternative for conventional plastics.
FUTERRO is offering licenses for the production of lactic acid by fermentation (the monomer), the PLA (the Polymer) and LOOPLA which is a new recycling process converting the PLA back into lactic acid (the recycling unit). The PLA has a low carbon foot - print which minimizes the impact of its production on the global warming.

Press contact information
Eliza Frunză
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Letter to Galactic customers, partners: Our role and responsibility in navigating COVID-19 virus

Dear customers, partners, suppliers  

For several months the humankind has been dealing with a pandemic which is unique in modern history, that affects all of us in every aspect of our lives. During this crisis, Galactic bears a particular responsibility: today our products are more than ever needed to ensure continuous supply of our customers, the majority of which are active in the food sector.

We started to confront the coronavirus in China. It then spread in the rest of Asia. Now Europe has become the focal point, heading to both Americas, with Galactic operational offices and plants located in all the mentioned regions. 

To deal with this pandemic, we decided to set up and oversee a dedicated crisis unit at the Executive Committee level in order to coordinate the decisions taken by the group on a daily basis, and the measures being implemented in each countries where we operate according to the evolution of the situation and in line with the latest recommendations of national authorities. 

My absolute priority today is to protect the health and safety of all Galactic’s employees worldwide.  We have made every effort to drastically strengthen the rules of cohabitation and hygiene within our facilities, as well in line with the latest recommendations of national authorities.

At the same time, it is essential that we work to ensure the availability, security and integrity of our products, that have now become critical for the continued functioning of our society. 

We are happy to inform we can count on our very dedicated staff worldwide which we can’t thank enough. Galactic worldwide teams work every day during this hectic period to offer a quality service and continue delivering our products. Our colleagues who can perform their work remotely from home are encouraged to do so. We ensure you can reach anytime your Galactic contact person, customer or quality support teams.  

Those still working in our production facilities are refraining from handshakes or any physical contact. Hygiene and prevention measures (as “social distancing”) are being re-doubled. Access of foreigners, suppliers, visitors is being restricted.

By adopting these rules in our Belgian, American, Chinese, Japanese, Moldovan and Brazilian sites, we are confident we will be able to overcome this unprecedented crisis and come out from this difficult experience stronger.

Take good care of yourself and your loved ones. 

Frédéric van Gansberghe
CEO, Galactic Group

Press contact information
Eliza Frunză
Global Operational Marketing & Communications Coordinator 
T: +32 2 897 03 50

Thursday, January 17, 2019
A new sales office to open in Japan
A new sales office to open in Japan

Galactic group is delighted to announce the opening of a new sales office in Tokyo, Japan. The new setup will assist the company in providing customer assistance for its Japanese clients and partners with the goal of developing new applications in the food, industry and care segments.

With an already proved track of developing internationally, Galactic’s new office ‘’will adhere to the standards of excellence set during the strong relationships we have managed to build with our clients in the past and to our commitment to initiating new ones on the current market’’ said Norio Nishimoto, Representative Director Japan

The office will join Galactic’s network of headquarters, production facilities, sales offices and dedicated staff operating on five continents.

Friday, December 21, 2018
Happy Holidays from Galactic!
Happy Holidays from Galactic!

When we here at Galactic think of all the benefits of being in our business, we quickly think of the people we had the opportunity to interact with during this past year. To our customers and partners who have made our progress possible, we extend our warmest wishes for the holiday season.

We wish you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year!
We look forward to a partnership of continuing success!

Monday, December 10, 2018
Galactic’s expert starts conversation in the academic world
Galactic’s expert starts conversation in the academic world

Denis Wiliquet, Galactic VP Latin America, conducted a presentation at the University of Asunción - Facultad de Ciencias Químicas - UNA, San Lorenzo-Paraguay.

With the occasion of the World Food Day, our delegate exposed the trends in food preservation and the contribution of natural preservatives in extending products’ shelf life.

Denis Wiliquet elaborated on the intimate historical connection between fermentation and conservation of aliments, underlying the example of cheese and vinegar, which are produced by microorganisms. This forms the basis of Galactic’s new range of natural preservatives entirely made by fermentation, hence called “fermentates”, that combine efficient food preservation with more attractive declarations on the products labelling. Moreover, “by replacing traditional preservatives with natural fermentates, the level of sodium is reduced by 25%. Given the fact that fermentates naturally enhance saltiness, the quantity of salt used in the process can even be decreased by up to 30%” said the expert

As Galactic’s policy standing suggests, the nowadays trends in the world of food preservation are inclined towards natural preservatives, the reduction of sodium and rallying of clean labels.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018
New Innovative Partnership for Sustainable Bioplastics
New Innovative Partnership for Sustainable Bioplastics

Futerro, a well-established technology provider for lactic acid and lactide production, part of Galactic – a leading Belgian biotechnology group, along with two other major process equipment specialists (Sulzer and TechnipFMC) announced the launching of PLAnet™, a groundbreaking project in the field of biorenewable polymers. 

While Futerro proprietary technology focuses on the production of raw lactide from sugar or biomass, Sulzer contributes with the purification of lactide and its polymerization. Finally, Technip FMC merges the technologies in order to provide an optimized and integrated front-end engineering development (FEED) package.

Poly-Lactic Acid (PLA) is a polymer of bio-based and biodegrable nature, a better alternative for conventional plastics. 

The integrated PLAnet™ technology package is the result of a strategic collaboration between the three, which aims to support agricultural, chemical and fiber industries, offering a fully integrated package addressing the whole PLA value chain. In this way, customers can benefit from direct access to state-of-the-art, customizable solutions for all the aspects and stages of PLA production.

Download here the official release of PLAnet™ partners. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Galactic’s new office to open in the Republic of Moldova
Galactic’s new office to open in the Republic of Moldova

It is with great enthusiasm that Galactic group would like to announce the opening of a new support office in Chisinau, capital of the Republic of Moldova

The new branch will join an already established global network with the mission to meet high industry standards while exploring the potential of nature and its role in building a better, more sustainable future. The Moldovan office will provide quality assistance and support to Galactic’s subsidiaries in the field of Marketing, Sales, Purchasing, Quality Assurance & Control, IT, Logistics etc. 

Galactic is committed to launching new products and have them perform according to market trends and customers’ needs. As of today, the company prides itself with offices and production facilities on four continents, an innovation campus and high-performance labs. The contribution of our new co-workers will be much needed and valued.

Friday, May 25, 2018
New updates on Galactic’s Predictive Modeling Tool for food preservation
New updates on Galactic’s Predictive Modeling Tool for food preservation

Galactic’s Predictive Tool allows manufacturers to prevent potential future risks with a minimum involvement of their R&D resources, while cutting consistent expenses and buying more time for market placement. 

Once using the Predictive Tool, the manufacturers are invited to log into Galactic’s system using a login and password requested from the Galactic area representatives, select various types of products and simulate the effect of Galactic’s natural preservatives on the growth of Listeria monocytogenes in various food applications of interest and specific conditions, thus having a quick and efficient prediction of their products shelf life.

The Predictive Tool was launched as a part of Galactic’s Food Doctor in 2014, by compiling over a thousand challenge tests with the main purpose to help customers define their needs, taking in account a variety of very important factors in foods such as moisture, salt content, temperature, pH, water activity and use of antimicrobials.

For more information or to test Galactic’s Predictive Modeling Tool, send us a message, or contact the Galactic Sales Team.  
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Season’s greetings from the entire team at Galactic
Season’s greetings from the entire team at Galactic

During the holiday season more than ever, we express our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty throughout 2017.

It is in this spirit we would like to thank all of you who have made our progress possible. We wish you a joyous holiday season and a New Year filled with peace, happiness and prosperity!

A very Happy New Year 2018!

Monday, December 11, 2017
Galactic received the Certificate of Conformity to the Monograph of the European Pharmacopoeia
Galactic received the Certificate of Conformity to the Monograph of the European Pharmacopoeia

Galactic is happy to announce that its new production line for pharmaceutical grade Sodium Lactate solutions has been granted a Certificate of Suitability, also called Certificate of Conformity to the Monograph of the European Pharmacopoeia (CEP), delivered by EDQM (European Directorate for the Quality of medicines) at Strasbourg.

The certificate, valid for 5 years, greatly simplifies the regulatory procedures for all customers who intend to use the products of this range.

A copy of the certificate as well as all documentation on sodium lactate solutions are available upon request.

Sodium lactate solutions are extensively used in infusion therapy and dialysis solutions to treat patients suffering from renal failure. 

Friday, July 21, 2017
Galactic expands production capacity for Calcium Lactate Pentahydrate
Galactic expands production capacity for Calcium Lactate Pentahydrate
Galactic is pleased to announce it has successfully launched a second production line for Calcium Lactate Pentahydrate at its Escanaffles plant (Belgium).

The new production unit, which doubles Galactic’s production capacity, allows the production of various grades of calcium lactate (food, feed and pharma) in both powder and Pearl® forms. 

Download here the entire press release in English.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Galactic announces new distribution agreements for Turkey
Galactic announces new distribution agreements for Turkey

Galactic is delighted to announce it has signed new distribution agreements for of EJDER KIMYA and BIESTERFELD TURKEY, two highly regarded and well-renowned distributors of raw materials and active ingredients for the HI&I, CASE and Cosmetics, and Pharma industry.

Working with well-respected distributors allows Galactic to deliver its natural solutions effectively to new markets. Hence, customers from Turkey will benefit from customer service and technical support in their developments.

Download here the entire press release in English

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Galactic is at the forefront of innovation in its field of expertise
Galactic is at the forefront of innovation in its field of expertise

Galactic is proud to be featured in a video on innovation made by Essenscia, the Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences industries.

The video was showed at Essenscia’s annual event on April 18th, an event directed to the theme of “Life sciences: a journey of discovery in a changing society”. This shows again that Galactic stays at the forefront of innovation in its field of expertise, the result of which is shared on a daily basis with its customers and partners. 

The video (in French) can be watched here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Galactic appoints two new distribution partners in Poland
Galactic appoints two new distribution partners in Poland

Galactic is pleased to announce the appointment of IMPAG Poland and HSH Chemie, two highly regarded and well renowned distributors of raw materials and active ingredients for the HI&I, CASE and Cosmetics industries. The two new partnership agreements will see Galactic 100% natural origin products distributed in Poland.

These partnerships will increase Galactic presence in Poland, which offers tremendous opportunities for future developments.

Download here the entire press release in English.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Our entire organization joins in sending Season's Greetings!
Our entire organization joins in sending Season's Greetings!

Monday, December 21, 2015
Holiday season
Holiday season

Christmas season is a special time of the year. To cherish this wonderful tradition, Galactic will be working until 2 p.m. on December 24th and 31st. May Peace, Happiness and Prosperity be by your side during this holiday season and throughout the coming 2016 year.

Friday, November 06, 2015
Join Galactic in Paris for the FIE 2015 – booth K9, Hall 6

Galactic is proud to attend again the FIE (Food Ingredients Europe) – a platform for exploring innovations and new developments in the food industry, which will take place in Paris, from December 1 to 3.

Galactic will be presenting its new range of health-friendly, clean-label solutions for food preservation, food supplementation, salt reduction and flavour improvement applications. Our partners and customers will have a perfect opportunity for establishing new business ventures and connect with other industry professionals.

We are pleased to invite you to stop by our booth K9 in Hall 6 and discover Galactic solutions.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Galactic is participating at CPhI Worldwide
Galactic is participating at CPhI Worldwide

More than 110,000 pharmaceutical professionals all over the world meet each other every year at CPhI to network, identify business opportunities and expand global market. This year is no exception. The world's leading pharmaceutical networking event will be held in Madrid, Spain.

Galactic is proud to inform its customers that will be there, launching a new product segment, Lactic Acid and Lactic Acid derivatives for application in the health care & pharmaceutical industries. We cordially invite you to visit us at our stand in Hall 14, booth number 14C63. Looking forward to seeing you in Madrid.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
In October Galactic is attending SEPAWA Congress in Fulda, Germany
In October Galactic is attending SEPAWA Congress in Fulda, Germany

Once again, the SEPAWA Congress, one of the most important platform for the detergents/cleansers, cosmetics and perfume industries in Europe, is ready to start on October 14th – 16th in Fulda (Germany).

Galactic team is glad to be among the exhibitors presenting its latest developments of product and services. Visit Galactic’s experts at booth number 351 for technical applications or commercial advice.

Monday, September 14, 2015
Galactic meets meat industry in Kortrijk, Belgium at Meat Expo on 27th - 30th September
Galactic meets meat industry in Kortrijk, Belgium at Meat Expo on 27th - 30th September

Meat processors, butchers, caterers meet in Kortrijk, Belgium to explore the latest trends in making their products healthier and safer for consumption. Galactic team will be there to present its bio-based, high-performance solutions.

Visit our stand nr.4134 to get to know each other and discover new business opportunities. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Galactic at the most important event of the Food & Beverage industry in Mexico and Central America
Galactic at the most important event of the Food & Beverage industry in Mexico and Central America

At Galactic we like to build bridges all over the word. Food Technology Summit & Expo 2015 is ready to start in Mexico on September 23th and 24th­­­and we are pleased to welcome you at Galactic stand 200 to explore our latest developments in food safety and freshness.

The Expo has gain a certain reputation for quality and quantity in attendees and leader providers, making it the most notable event of the F&B sector in Mexico and Central America.

For more information on the exhibition, please see:

Monday, September 07, 2015
Galactic is exhibiting at SAAFoST (September 6th to 9th, Durban, South Africa)
Galactic is exhibiting at SAAFoST (September 6th to 9th, Durban, South Africa)

These days the road in food industry leads to SAAFoST 2015, the 21st Biennial International Congress and Exhibition of the South African Association for Food Science & Technology which takes place in Durban, South Africa.

Galactic team is already there, looking forward to meeting you at our stand 31/32, so you can discover our wide range of natural solutions dedicated to food industry.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Galactic bio-solvents : a sustainable approach for the coating industry

AFTPVA (Association Française des Techniciens des Peintures, Vernis, Encres d’imprimerie, Colles et Adhésifs / French Association of Paints , Varnishes , Printing Inks , Glues and Adhesives technicians) organises a one-day training session this Thursday May 21st.

During this event, our Global Market Development Manager (Non-Food), Mr. Anton KRUF will present to the audience Galactic’s bio-solvent range of solutions as a sustainable approach for the coating industry.

This is the last chance to register for this conference as a few seats are left.  Please contact Rémy HAMON -

The conference will take place HOTEL BOLLAERT, 13C, Route de Béthune, 62300 – LENS – France.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Galactic develops ProDairy Adagio™, a new way to texturize cheese

Manufacturers want their cheese to be tasty but also to obtain a texture adapted to their needs (salads, pizzas, pastas …).

Galactic has developed ProDairy Adagio™, a pure lactic acid powder, which helps control the texture while improving the properties of the final product over time such as meltability, spreadability, viscosity, flavour etc…

Check out our new application sheet : English

For more info, please contact our sales team at

Thursday, May 07, 2015
Galatea™ Nail Polish Remover

Galactic has developed Galatea™ Nail Polish Remover that is non-flammable, bio-based, and biodegradable. It does not only remove nail polishes, but also moisturizes the skin without causing irritation to the skin or nail.

Galatea™ Nail Polish Remover is very mild to the skin and does not hurt when coming into contact with wounds or damaged skin. And the last but not the least: unlike a traditional formulation, Galatea™ Nail Polish Remover has a wonderful smell!

Check out our new brochure : English

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
ProDough Adagio™ F: Time reduction in the production of yeast-based dry breadcrumbs.

ProDough Adagio™ F, a natural ingredient, which is used in combination with sodium bicarbonate to significantly speed up the overall production process of yeast-based dry breadcrumbs.

Check out our new application sheet : English

For more info, please contact our sales team at

Monday, April 27, 2015
Galactic will be exhibiting at Vitafoods Europe (May 5th to 7th, Palexpo, Geneva)
Galactic will be exhibiting at Vitafoods Europe (May 5th to 7th, Palexpo, Geneva)

Galactic will be exhibiting at the leading European event for the nutraceutical, dietary supplements, and functional food and drinks industries.

Visit us at STAND N71: we will demonstrate how our ingredients can be turned into successful formulations.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Galactic at European Coatings Show – April 21-23, 2015 - Nürnberg, Germany
Galactic at European Coatings Show – April 21-23, 2015 -  Nürnberg, Germany

European Coatings Show is just around the corner! Let’s meet HALL 7 – STAND 115 and discuss our solutions that reflect the innovations in paint and coatings.

Every two years, the formulators of paint, coatings, adhesives, sealants, additives, printing inks or construction chemical products, industrial processors and representatives from science and research discuss the latest developments in the coatings market at the world-leading exhibition in Nürnberg, Germany.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Galactic at Djazagro
Galactic at Djazagro

From April 20th to 23rd, Galactic will be exhibiting at Djazagro, in Algiers, Algeria.This will be the perfect occasion for you to stop by our stand 3G092 and discover our wide range of natural solutions.

Thursday, April 09, 2015
Bio-solvents brochure

Due to the rising demand for bio-solvents in Germany, we have updated our brochure. If you have any questions regarding the applications and products, feel free to contact our experts at or call us directly at +32 (0)2 332 14 00.


Download our brochure : German

Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Galactic at in-Cosmetics, April 14-16
In-Cosmetics is coming up soon! We are excited to participate again this year to one of the largest exhibition dedicated to the cosmetic industry. At this occasion, we are happy to invite you to stop by our booth 7F90. This will be the occasion for you to discover our latest innovative products: - Galicare™ PLA 350: Ecocert certified scrub particle. - Galicare™ bio-based nail polish remover: 100%natural, non-flammable and odourless. - Galatea™: a line of anti-ageing products with incredible results on wrinkles reduction and skin elasticity. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, April 03, 2015
Galacin™ for food safety and shelf life extension

We just published a new brochure on Galacin™, a range of various forms of nisin and natamycin. Nisin and natamycin are powerful natural and healthy preservatives which specifically protect against spoilage bacteria, yeasts and moulds. These solutions are interesting for the meat, dairy, beverage and bakery sectors.


Download our brochure : English

Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Belgian ministers Marghem and Borsus visited Western Hainaut (Wallonie picarde)

On Tuesday, 31st March, Marie-Christine Marghem, Minister of Energy, the Environment and Sustainable Development, had the pleasure of welcoming her colleague, Willy Borsus, Minister of Middle Classes, Self-employed, SMEs, Agriculture and Social Integration, in Western Hainaut (Wallonie picarde).


Galactic’s directors presented their activities in support to food safety and environmental protection to the members of the federal government.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Galactic is proud to announce the start of a new collaboration with Will & Co.

Will & Co, based in Badhoevedorp (NL), is specialized in the sales of chemical (-based) products.

Active in a wide range of activities such as plastics, coatings, chemicals, water treatment, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, etc. for the European market, the company specializes however in bio-solvents for case and industrial cleaning.

As from 18th March 2015, Will & Co represents Galactic in the Benelux region for CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants & Elastomers) and IC (Industrial Cleaning) applications.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
New Food Partnership

We are happy to announce the starting of a new partnership with Faravelli.

Faravelli began in Milan’s Isola quarter, in 1926, when Mr. Giusto Faravelli – the founder - started selling raw materials and specialties in the photochemistry sector.

Over the years the company went through a rapid growth and became a worldwide leader in the high quality Food ingredients distribution.

Friday, February 20, 2015
ProMeat Adagio™ F - Gradual Acidification of Rookworst

Galactic has developped ProMeat Adagio™ F, a natural and non-coated solution, which gradually lowers the pH over time.

A small amount of ProMeat Adagio™ F ensures equivalent results when compared to the traditional method, but without compromising on the final product’s quality.

Our R&D team remains at your disposal for technical assistance, trials, and samples.

Download our brochure

Monday, January 19, 2015
Discover our innovative solutions specially designed for bakery.

The demand in the bakery industry for clean label, tasty and healthy products as well as faster processing times is increasingly growing. In order to meet this need, Galactic developed a great number of solutions which provide the very best of nature to your bakery products by combining traditional and state-of-the-art technologies.

You can download the brochure here:

To receive a printed version, please contact our sales team at

Friday, December 19, 2014
Season's Greetings

In observance of the Christmas Holiday, Galactic will be closed on December 24th, 25th and 26th.  We wish you and yours a wonderful time! We will reopen on Monday December 29th.






Tuesday, December 02, 2014
European Coatings Conference on December 8 & 9 in Düsseldorf (Germany)

Anton Kruf, Market Development Manager (Non-Food Markets), has been selected to be one of the keynote speakers at the next European Coatings Conference on “Biobased Materials for Industrial Coatings”.

Internationally known as an expert, he will give you a concise overview of the latest trends and innovation in the bio-solvents industry.


When: Monday, December 8th, 2014

Where: Nikko Hotel Düsseldorf – Immermannstrasse 41 – 40210 Düsseldorf - Germany

More info:

Friday, November 28, 2014
Galaster™ and Galasolv™: our high performance bio-solvents solutions!

Galactic is pleased to announce the last update of its bio-solvents brochures. Now also available in French.

You can download it here:

This is a great way for you to (re)-discover our range of natural solutions with high flash points and slow evaporation rates.

For more information, please contact our sales team at

Friday, October 31, 2014
5th CINBIOS Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bio-based Economy (7/11/2014, Mechelen)
Jean-Christophe Bogaert our Sales, Marketing and Business Development Director has been invited to present Galactic successful bio-business in the real economy. This conference is a unique opportunity to highlight Galactic’s leadership in the bio-based economy among experts from NatureWorks, DSM, TomAlgae, Corbion, Dyadic, Nova Institute and many more…

CINBIOS, the cluster for industrial biotechnology, is a common intiative of FlandersBio, Ghent Bio-Economy Valley and Essenscia.

CINBIOS provides an essential link between companies from various industrial sectors, and between these companies and the knowledge centers (universities, colleges and research institutions) working in the field of industrial biotechnology, biocatalysis and biorefinery.

Monday, October 06, 2014
Galactic introduces Flavor™, an extension of its clean labelling range of solutions

To meet the growing demand of customers, Galactic is proud to announce the recent extension of its clean labelling solutions for meat, poultry, seafood, sauces, dressings and ready-to-eat preparations.


Consumers are paying more and more attention to what’s written on the labels of the food products and it becomes a major element in their purchasing decision. By associating natural ingredients with fresh and healthy diet, the clean labeling trend is supported by the overall desire to eat healthier and the food industry has to adapt to this change.

To help its customer tackle this new challenge, Galactic is extending its existing range of label-friendly solutions, Galimax Flavor K-65 and KV-65, with three new references based on buffered vinegars: Galimax Flavor™ V-50, VK-50 and V-100 powder.

All these products are made by fermentation of sugars and have mild tastes that do not impact the sensory profile of finished products and even enhance it in many cases, hence the name “Flavor”. They also display excellent antimicrobial properties and as such help guaranteeing food safety.

Moreover, Galimax Flavor™ V-50 and VK-50 bring another healthy benefit by being perfectly suited for low sodium recipes.


“This new range has clearly been thought and designed to offer our customers a panel of the best available solutions in the market” says Jean-Christophe Bogaert, Sales, Marketing and Business Development Director.

He added “many of our developments have demonstrated the ability of our solutions to improve the shelf life of finished products with no detrimental effect on pH and taste”.


About Galactic:

Since 1994 Galactic has become one of the world leaders in biotechnology serving the food, feed, personal & health care, and industrial markets. Based on its valuable experience in the fermentation of lactic acid and in the production of its derivatives, Galactic continuously develops sustainable, innovative and health-friendly solutions in the field of food safety, nutrition and green chemistry. With its headquarters and an Innovation Campus in Belgium, production facilities and front-labs in the United States (Milwaukee), China (Bengbu) and Europe (Escanaffles, Brussels), and additional sales offices in Germany (Düsseldorf), Italy (Milan), Japan (Tokyo) and Brazil (Curitiba), Galactic employs about 370 people worldwide and is active in more than 65 countries.

Friday, October 03, 2014
Join Galactic in Fulda for the 61st Sepawa Congress – booth n°351

The SEPAWA congress, which will take place on October 15th – 16th – 17th in Fulda (Germany), has become the most important platform for the detergents/cleansers, cosmetics and perfume industries. Close to 200 exhibiting companies will present their more recent developments of product and services and numerous lectures by international experts will provide new knowledge and experience.

Feel free to visit our booth n°351 to discover our new solutions.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Galactic at Eurosurfas - Spain

On October 2nd, Anton Kruf, Market Development Manager Non-Food at Galactic will be presenting a technical seminar and round table on “Bio-solvents: natural alternatives to traditional solvents regarding VOC directives 2004/42/EU and 1999/13/EU”.

The event will take place in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, close to Barcelona.


To attend the seminar, please fill out the registration form:

Friday, September 12, 2014
Join Galactic in Paris for Eurocoat

Between September 23rd and 25th, 2014, Galactic will be exhibiting at Eurocoat Paris, a unique event for coating professionals in Europe in 2014!

As the historic gathering of the paint, varnish, ink, glue and adhesive industries, Eurocoat brings together suppliers of coatings, raw materials, equipment and services for 3 days of business and discussion.

Don’t hesitate to visit us at this event.

You are welcome to stop by our booth n°E08.

For more info:

Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Galactic Bioquímicos is exhibiting at MercoAgro - Chapecó, Brazil.

From September 9-12, please feel free to stop by our booth n°79 to discover our new range of solutions!


Thursday, August 14, 2014
Come and visit us at Intrafood, Kortrijk, Belgium on September 17-18

Galactic will be present at the Intrafood exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium, on September 17th and 18th. We welcome the opportunity to see you at our booth n° 688.

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm.

For more information:

Thursday, July 31, 2014
KEY INTERVIEW: Opportunities for Lactic Acid Fermentation in Food Safety and Nutrition

Lactic acid is already present within our bodies but it can also be adapted for a whole host of other uses, particularly in the food sector. Galactic has 20 years of experience in this field and it now supplies lactic acid solutions to 65 countries across five continents. FoodIngredientsFirst speaks to sales, marketing and business development director, Jean-Christophe Bogaert, to find out more:

Galactic was created in 1994, so in many respects it is a fairly young company, but its achievements are wide and it has a rapid pace for innovation.

It can now offer lactic acid solutions for a large range of application sectors such as the polymers industry and pharmaceuticals. But food represents around 75% of its business.

“In food we work across a lot of different segments,” explains Bogaert. “Meat and seafood is a big area where lactic acid derivatives are primarily used as preservative agents to inhibit the growth of bacteria . Basically it is a guarantee of food safety but it also improves shelf-life.”  

Key food segments:

Bakery is another key area for Galactic, where lactic acid has preservative properties.

“We have ProDough Adagio, which is effectively a version of our ProMeat Adagio. With this product you can replace phosphates because it will mimic what yeast does,” he explains. “It is much cheaper than yeast and more controllable. Yeast is a living material so it is not so constant and there can be a lot of variations in the result.”

The company has also discovered that ProDough is a taste enhancer, so it promotes the taste of things such as butter in baked products.

Lactates are also used in the dairy sector for food supplementation and to increase the calcium content of milk.

“It’s really useful in our work with soy milk for example, as we can increase the calcium levels of soy milk to reach the same levels of that which you would find in cow’s milk,” he says.

Within dairy, Galactic has a new product called ProDairy Adagio, which is primarily used within soft cheese applications. “It is a Crystal Lactic Acid powder which mimics what bacteria does in food products – it is progressive and it can be controlled by both dosages and temperature.”

The benefits of this are that it can help reduce processing times and it also allows customers to adjust the texture of cheeses such as Mozzarella, so that it can be made harder if necessary for grating purposes.

“It results in a more stable product so during its shelf-life on say, a pizza, it won’t lose on taste, texture or meltability.”

In beverages, lactates are used for mineral fortification, and sports and energy drinks is a big growth segment for the company.

“Interestingly the biggest user of calcium lactate in the world is Coca-Cola for its Minute Maid drink, which is supplemented with calcium,” he notes.

Meanwhile in confectionery, lactic acid buffered is used to prevent the inversion of sugar. New segments within food include sauces and dressings, Bogaert explains.

“Really we have spent the last two years changing our market approach from being a lactic acid producer into a ‘natural solutions provider’,” he says. “This has opened up new segments for us.”

In order to do this the company set up a research and development (R&D) center in Brussels one and a half years ago. “Our teams all work together with clients to adjust our existing products to the needs of our customer.”

R&D is a big area for the company and it invests around 5% of its turnover back into this area. In order to streamline this focus on innovation, Galactic has identified four key areas of growth potential for its lactic acid concepts.

Food trends:

“We have identified four main trends in the food industry which are the main pillars where we have a role to play or can design new products,” he states.

The first of these is food safety, using lactic acid as a natural preservative. “There is an increasing need to improve food safety,” he says. “It is very important topic for us.”

The second pillar is health improvements, where Galactic works in two ways.

“One area is to allow our customers to increase the level of ‘good’ applications such as to enrich calcium in their products. It’s about adding ingredients that offer a positive effect on health.”

The other area of health for Galactic is by designing solutions that help to reduce ‘unhealthy’ ingredients, such as sodium, such as in salt-rich products like processed meat.

“We have solutions that enable our clients to reduce the sodium without losing any of the taste, and also, without losing any of the benefits you get from salt as a preservative – therefore we maintain food safety.”

It also has solutions to reduce the use of sodium aluminium phosphate (SALP), which is now banned in Europe, he notes.

As a third area of focus, the company is looking at cost efficiency.

“We don’t sell cheaper than our competitors necessarily but we do work on developing more efficient solutions, such as being able to offer reduced dosages. It means it is a win-win situation for us and our customers if products can be used at a lower dosage.”

Finally, and particularly for mature markets such as North America and Japan, clean label is a big opportunity for the company.

“Our products are natural and increasingly our customers are asking for help in creating products which are more natural and without e-numbers,” he says.

Innovating within this fast-moving sector means that Galactic has its work cut out. But Bogaert is confident that a focus on the four key pillars Galactic has outlined for lactic acid potential will drive this company further down the road to success.

By Sonya Hook

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Join B&G in Melbourne, Australia for Food Pro

Between 22 & 25 June 2014, Galactic is exhibiting at Food Pro in Melbourne, Australia, through its subsidiary B&G.

Every aspect of the food and beverage processing industry will be on show by over 300 suppliers, including processing technology, plant equipment, ingredients, additives, testing equipment and more.

Don’t hesitate to visit us at this Asia Pacific’s iconic food manufacturing event.

You are welcome to stop by our booth n°U29.


For more info:

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Galactic at Health & Food Days – La Rochelle, France

Galactic will be exhibiting at Health & Food Days on June 18th and 19th, 2014 in La Rochelle, France.

Created in 1995 by La Rochelle's Agri-food CRITT (innovation and technology transfer centre), Health & Food Days have since met with international success. The event (in French called "JAS"– Journées Aliments & Santé) has become a benchmark for those in the food and agriculture industry, and is the most important European business convention in its field. More than 800 participants will be attending this edition.

As a key player in the industry, this is a great occasion for Galactic to promote our natural solutions for enrichment such as Galanium™ and Galaxium™ range of products.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
GALACTIC, SAPICI, & LIBERTY CHEMICALS jointly develop new formulations of water-based paints

Synergy for Sustainability in Wood Coating, GALACTIC, SAPICI, and LIBERTY CHEMICALS jointly develop new formulations of water-based paints for wood coating that combine strong environmental sustainability and high technical characteristics.

Final products for wood surfaces treatment without toxic emissions and performance aligned to the traditional coalescent-based formulations.


GALACTIC, SAPICI, and LIBERTY CHEMICALS announce the initial results of their cooperation aimed at developing new formulations for wood coating characterized by high environmental compatibility. The new proposals enhance the production process sustainability and the final products life-cycle by an improved application duration. The performances of the new paints for wood coating result to be equal or better compared to those of traditional products. The cooperation among GALACTIC, SAPICI, and LIBERTY CHEMICALS has been defined to provide measurable contributions to the reduction of the solvents’ emissions that occur during the use of traditional products, specifically for coating applications; furthermore, it goes in the direction of simplifying the industry’s compliance to the increasingly more strict international regulations for the use of solvents. The synergy has allowed to leverage the three companies’ respective competencies and experience to develop and characterize high-range polyurethane coating for wood surfaces treatment. The cooperation originated when SAPICI – developer and manufacturer of waterborne polyurethane dispersions, PUD – committed to develop a new coalescent-free product line for coating with features and performances comparable to traditional products. SAPICI contacted LIBERTY CHEMICALS, a company with extensive experience and recognized capabilities in the development of innovative solutions including solvents based on molecules of natural origin coming from carbohydrates fermentation processes. The on-going relations between LIBERTY CHEMICALS and GALACTIC, Belgian company active in the development and production of lactic acid derivatives through fermentation, added to the project complementary competencies. The starting point was the coalescent-free PUD resin SAPICI Bluepur 2937; the challenge was to identify – for the formulation of the final product that is used by the applicators – a sustainable and non-glycolic coalescent originated from biological and renewable sources able to combine environmental aspects with high technical properties, characteristics and durability for the final paint. LIBERTY CHEMICALS has proved to be an ideal partner thanks the results achieved over the years in the development of solvents and solvent-blends from carbohydrates fermentation, specialties already used in various industrial fields such as the AstroBio NS. The participation in the project of GALACTIC has allowed including in these mixtures the lactic-acid esters of the Galaster series that enable an effective filming effect for water-based products, specifically with the Galaster EHL 95. The R&D cooperation among the three companies has allowed achieving outstanding results even at low concentrations of green-coalescent, offering relevant benefits in particular to the do-it-yourself applications by roller or brush. The high efficiency of these products has allowed reaching finishing values of 90 gloss, underlying the excellent coalescing power of the formulations. A further element of sustainability is in the lower consumption of raw materials. The new formulations are already available to the customers of the three companies.


Friday, June 06, 2014
Galactic recently launched Galimax ProEggTM to extend shelf life of liquid eggs
Liquid whole egg is made by homogenisation and pasteurisation of broken whole eggs, which extends the shelf life when stored chilled or frozen. However, low pasteurization temperature, limited by the low thermostability of egg proteins, as well as disruptions in the cold chain make liquid eggs highly susceptible to microbial spoilage.

Galactic recently launched Galimax ProEggTM, a unique, scientifically proven natural ingredient designed to improve liquid eggs safety and extend their shelf life by up to 25%.

Galimax ProEggTM is a powder blend containing natural antimicrobial agents made by fermentation. It has been specially designed to protect liquid egg products (whole liquid eggs, egg yolks and egg whites) against pathogens and Gram-positive spoilage bacteria. Galimax ProEggTM does not impact the sensory attributes of the finished products.

For more information: contact our sales department
Monday, April 28, 2014
Come and visit us at Vitafoods Europe from May 6 to 8, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland – Booth #24021
In just under 3 weeks, the leading nutraceutical event opens its doors on what is set to be the biggest event yet: this is the right place to discover Galactic’s natural solutions for nutraceuticals and functional foods.

Galactic has developed a comprehensive set of solutions to enhance the health-promoting qualities of food such as natural sources of mineral (calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium), probiotics, and enzymes (lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase, superoxide dismutase).

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you there!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Galactic announces new products for the cosmetics industry complying with the COSMOS standard
Galactic is glad to announce that three of its lactic acid and sodium lactate solutions for cosmetic applications are now conformed to the COSMOS standards. This follows the company’s announcement in September regarding a number of Galactic’s natural solutions for cosmetics, detergents and paints that received the approval from ECOCERT in accordance with their standards on natural and organic raw materials.

Download here the entire press release in English

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Join B&G in Shanghai for Food Ingredients China on March 25-27

Between 25-27 March 2014, B&G will be attending Food Ingredients China in Shanghai. It's one of the largest international gathering of ingredient suppliers, distributors and buyers from the food industry. Don’t hesitate and come to visit us at our booth n°2F59.

More info here

Friday, March 07, 2014
Come and visit us at in-cosmetics on April 1-3 in Hamburg, Germany

Galactic will be present at the in-cosmetics exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, from the 1st to the 3rd April. We will host a booth in Hall 3 (n°3D82) and welcome the opportunity to see you there!

For more info:

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Galactic is attending Ingredients Russia on March 18-21 in Moscow

Galactic will be attending Ingredients Russia, one of the most important fairs gathering more than 5,000 food professionals from more than 36 countries. It will be taking place in Moscow, Russia from March 18th until March 21st. Galactic will welcome the opportunity to see you at its booth (n°B405)!

More info on Ingredients Russia:

Monday, January 20, 2014
Galactic celebrates its 20th anniversary and opens a new office in Germany

This year is a milestone in Galactic’s existence. The company celebrates its 20th anniversary and, on the same occasion, is proud to announce the opening of Galactic Deutschland GmbH, its new sales office located in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Download here the entire press release in English

Monday, January 13, 2014
Shelf life extension for Galactic's products

We are pleased to announce that, following a series of technical studies conducted recently, a number of Galactic’s product ranges will see their shelf life extended from 2 years up to 4 years.  Those affected by this latest development include some of our Galaflow™, Galacid™ and Galimax™ solutions. This evolution clearly demonstrates the high quality and stability of our products and inspires us to use our best efforts to provide excellence to our customers.

Friday, November 15, 2013
Galactic and Naturex combine their expertise to develop new preservation solutions

Naturex, the global leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients, and Galactic, the world expert in lactic acid and lactates based natural ingredients, have launched a joint research program to develop a range of preservation systems that include both anti-microbial and antioxidant protection.

Download here the entire press release in English

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Galactic opens a new subsidiary in Italy

Galactic is proud to announce the opening of its new sales office located in Milano, Italy: Galactic Italia s.r.l. Owing to this expansion, Galactic will provide a more localised service to its Italian customers.

Download here the entire press release in English

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Join us in Frankfurt for FiE, 19-21 November
Between 19-21 November 2013, Galactic will be attending Food Ingredients Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. It’s the world's most important gathering of ingredient suppliers, distributors and buyers from the food & beverage industry. In line with our new strategy, we are proud to have the opportunity to present our latest innovations and services. Don’t hesitate and come to visit us at our booth n°8J77.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Galactic is proud to comply with ECOCERT standards

Galactic is delighted to announce that a number of its natural solutions for cosmetics, detergents and paints have received approval from ECOCERT in accordance with their standards on natural and organic raw materials.

Download here the entire press release

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Come and visit us at TecnoCarne on August 13-15 in São Paulo, Brazil

Galactic will be attending the 11th edition of TecnoCarne, an international technology tradeshow for the meat industry that will take place in São Paulo, Brazil. We will be exhibiting to introduce new natural meat preservatives based on sugar fermentation and we will welcome you the booth n°I 003.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Galactic is attending Fi South America on August 6-8 in São Paulo, Brazil

Galactic will be attending Fi South America, one of the largest ingredients fairs gathering more than 11,000 food professionals from more than 50 countries. It will be taking place in São Paulo, Brazil from August 6th until August 8th. Galactic will welcome the opportunity to see you at its booth (n°M02)!

More info:

Monday, June 24, 2013
Come and visit us at IFT13 on July 13-16 in Chicago, USA

Galactic Inc. will be attending the IFT13 exhibition in Chicago from the 13th until the 16th July. We will hold a booth (n°4456) and welcome the opportunity to see you there!

For more info regarding IFT13:

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Galactic launches an innovative predictive modelling tool in food

Galactic, one of the world leaders in the production of food safety systems, today launches a revolutionary predictive modelling tool. With the aim to help meat, dairy and seafood producers predict the shelf life of their products without having to go through costly and lengthy safety studies, both the “most probable” and “super safe” models predict Listeria monocytogenes growth in several food applications under specific conditions.

Download here the entire press release in English

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Galactic inaugurates its new research centre in Brussels

Galactic, a world leader in the production of lactic acid and other products made by fermentation, today launched its new research centre – Galactic Innovation Campus – in the presence of Céline Fremault, Brussels Minister for the Economy and Employment with responsibility for scientific research and Gaëtan Van Goidsenhoven, deputy mayor of Anderlecht. Situated on the Erasme site in Brussels, this recent acquisition is in line with the Belgian company’s development strategy which has lately seen the launch of new products and services.

Download here the entire press release in English
Téléchargez ici le communiqué de presse en français 

Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Come and visit us at Vitafoods Europe on May 14-16 in Geneva, Switzerland
Galactic will be present at the Vitafoods Europe exhibition in Geneva from the 14th to the 16th May. We will host a booth in Hall 1 (N° 13059) and welcome the opportunity to see you there.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Galactic expands its range of natural solutions

Galactic, a long-time producer of lactic acid and its derivatives, is set to broaden its scope of activities to include new services and products in order to become the leading supplier for natural food preservation.

Download here the entire press release in English
Téléchargez ici le communiqué de presse en français
Download here the press release in Japanese
Download here the press release in Chinese

Monday, March 04, 2013
Price increase of Galactic's feed products in Europe

Galactic intends to raise the price of its products destined for the animal feed market. The increase, which will come into effect on 1st April 2013, will be in the range of 8-10%.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013
GALACTIC welcomes the EU's authorisation of lactic acid for the decontamination of bovine carcasses

Galactic welcomes the recent news that the EU has authorised the use of lactic acid for the decontamination of bovine carcasses as from 25th February 2013. This follows a positive opinion published by EFSA in 2011 supporting such use.

The measure provides a new means by which contamination by the most critical pathogens found in foodborne diseases can be reduced. Nonetheless, while the objective of this legislation (Commission Regulation 101/2013) is to lessen microbiological contamination on bovine carcasses, it should not be considered as a substitution for already existing good hygienic slaughtering practices.

The relevant legislation, detailing the precise application modalities, can be found at the following link:

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Galactic announces price increase
Galactic announces price increase

Galactic, a long-time producer of lactic acid, its derivatives and other natural solutions, increases the price of its products. The price increase will be applied on all product ranges in the whole EMEA region.

Download here the entire press release in English

Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Galactic is delighted to announce its new partnership with Azelis
Galactic is delighted to announce its new partnership with Azelis

Galactic is happy to announce a new partnership with Azelis,the leading global speciality chemicals distributor. The collaboration allows food manufacturers in Benelux across the bakery, beverage, confectionery, convenience and dairy sectors to easily reach the range of clean, efficient and natural solutions developed by Galactic, the world expert in lactic acid and lactates. 

Based on its know-how in lactic acid fermentation and the development of many other derivatives, Galactic develops sustainable, innovative and health-friendly solutions in the field of food safety, nutrition and green chemistry.

Download here the entire press release in English