November 17, 2019

Persea Naturals LLC is pleased to announce that it will be presenting at the 3rd Annual Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) Investor Forum on November 15, 2019 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Persea Naturals LLC is developing commercial applications that are derived from the seed of the avocado. The company’s initial product, AvoColor®, is a yellow-red food color that meets the needs of a rapidly changing color market by addressing demand for natural food colors. Compare to other natural color additives on the market, AvoColor® has demonstrated greater stability and has the potential to cover over 50 percent of the color spectrum.

Since 2010, DESCA has played a lead role in enabling sustainable innovation among key stakeholders in the public and private sectors. Working with leaders in industry, government, and academia, DESCA helps link resources in ways that can both optimize the funding essential for R&D and translate the benefits of new and sustainable discoveries into commercial opportunities.

November 11, 2019

Persea Naturals Welcomes Shravya Mukka to Lead Product Development

Persea Naturals LLC is pleased to announce that Shravya Mukka has joined the company as Product Developer.  In her role, Ms. Mukka will be responsible for the continued research and development of products that can be derived from the seed of the avocado in addition to AvoColor.  AvoColor is a red-orange-yellow food colorant developed by Persea Naturals LLC.

Ms. Mukka has completed degrees in Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering (Anna University in Chennai, India) and a Master of Chemical Engineering (Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.) She has also served in various roles in industry, including Quality Engineer and Project Manager.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

Persea Naturals Awarded SBIR Phase II Grant for AvoColor

Persea Naturals LLC is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The purpose of the grant is to support the commercialization of AvoColor®, a natural food colorant developed by the company.

“I am thrilled to learn that the USDA and NIFA are continuing to view AvoColor as an attractive potential natural food colorant”, said CEO Bob Hicks.  “This innovative product meets the increasing demand of consumers to have cleaner ingredients in their diet.”

Chief Science Officer Dr. Greg Ziegler said “our initial research and development in Phase I of the SBIR program confirmed the viability of the product to the USDA.  In addition, we have tested the product with numerous color and food companies, with very encouraging results.”

Produced from the seed of the avocado, AvoColor® is a yellow-red food color that meets the needs of a rapidly changing color market by addressing demand for natural food colors. AvoColor® is more stable compared to other natural color additives on the market and has the potential to cover 50 percent of the color spectrum. Persea Naturals doesn’t use marketable fruits and vegetables to manufacture AvoColor®. Persea Naturals is working towards FDA approval for AvoColor® as a food color additive exempt from certification.

March 19, 2019

Avocado seed extract shows promise as anti-inflammatory compound

The discovery could be important because cancer, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, colitis and many more serious conditions are associated with chronic inflammation, and it represents a potential source for novel anti-inflammatory compounds that could be developed as a functional food ingredient or pharmaceuticals.

READ MORE: news.psu.edu/story/562757/2019/03/12/research/avocado-seed-extract-shows-promise-anti-inflammatory-compound


March 4, 2019

Persea Naturals: Natural Color

The versatile avocado is getting another accolade added to its long list of health benefits, which, to date, has included improved digestion, decreased risk of depression and protection against cancer. But its latest benefit? Research shows that it also serves as a vibrant, all-natural food coloring.

READ MORE: www.preparedfoods.com/articles/122079-persea-naturals-natural-colord


February 25, 2019

Persea Naturals LLC invited to present AvoColor® at IFT/NEXT Food Disruption Challenge

Persea Naturals LLC is pleased to announce that it has been invited to present its natural food colorant, AvoColor®, in the second round of the IFT/NEXT Food Disruption Challenge.

“We are very excited to present AvoColor® at the IFT/NEXT Food Disruption Challenge. We look forward to demonstrating the wide range of colors and the excellent stability provided by AvoColor®” says Emmanuel Hatzakis, one of the founders of Persea Naturals, LLC. “The consumers are seeking new “clean-label” food colors, and AvoColor® meets the needs of the color manufacturers as well as the consumers. The ability to utilize a food by-product, the avocado seed, also eliminates potential waste in the avocado processing industry.”

The IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge competition is designed to help emerging and investment-ready science of food and technology related companies gain visibility and make strategic connections to help advance the science of food and its positive impact on the sustainability of our global food supply.

Produced from the seed of the avocado, AvoColor® is a yellow-red food color additive that meets the needs of a rapidly changing color additive market by addressing demand for natural food colors. AvoColor® is relatively stable compared to other natural color additives on the market and has the potential to cover 50 percent of the color spectrum. Persea Naturals doesn’t use marketable fruits and vegetables to manufacture AvoColor®. Persea Naturals is working towards FDA approval for AvoColor® as a food color additive exempt from certification.

December 11, 2018

Dr. Gregory R. Ziegler presented at the 2018 Food Innovation and Engineering Conference

Persea Naturals LLC is pleased to announce that Dr. Gregory R. Ziegler presented at the 2018 Food Innovation and Engineering Conference at the Marriott Hotel & Spa, Napa on 02nd December.

Dr. Ziegler presented on the capabilities of AvoColor®, a natural food colorant produced from the seed of the avocado. Dr. Ziegler was the primary discoverer of the compound basis of AvoColor®, and is the company’s chief scientist and a partner of the company.  AvoColor® is currently being produced by Persea Naturals LLC for sale to natural food colorant manufacturers.

July 31, 2018

Persea Naturals LLC Completes 15-day Toxicology Study

Persea Naturals LLC, a developer of food additives of natural origin, has completed a 15-day preclinical toxicology study of its initial product, AvoColor®.  Dr. Joshua Lambert, a partner of the company and lead toxicologist of the study commented “We are very pleased with the results of this recent study, which indicate that AvoColor® in the diet is safe even at high doses.   We are preparing for a follow-up 90-day preclinical toxicology study in advance of our FDA petition.  We think that AvoColor® will continue to demonstrate a favorable safety profile and be approved for human consumption.”.

AvoColor® is a natural food colorant made from the heart of the avocado – the seed – and addresses the red-orange-yellow color range.

July 30, 2018

Persea Naturals LLC Awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant by the USDA

Persea Naturals LLC, a developer of food additives of natural origin, has been awarded a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to further advance the development of its initial product, AvoColor®. AvoColor® is a natural food colorant made from the heart of the avocado – the seed – and addresses the red-orange-yellow color range. The company is continuing toxicology testing in advance of a petition to the FDA for human consumption of the product.

February 6, 2018

Persea Naturals LLC is pleased to welcome Dr. Tanedjeu Kemgang

Persea Naturals LLC is pleased to welcome Dr. Tanedjeu Kemgang as Scientist.  Tanedjeu will be responsible for leading the Company in the transition from lab-scale to industrial-scale production, as well as the development and commercialization of new products.

Tanedjeu obtained his PhD in Animal Biochemistry at the National Dairy Research Institute, and has competence in the area of Immunology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, and Food science and nutrition.

Produced from the seed of the avocado, AvoColor® is a yellow-red food color additive that meets the needs of a rapidly changing color additive market by addressing demand for natural food colors. AvoColor® is relatively stable compared to other natural color additives on the market and has the potential to cover 40 percent of the color spectrum. Persea Naturals doesn’t use marketable fruits and vegetables to manufacture AvoColor®.  Persea Naturals is working towards FDA approval for AvoColor® as a food color additive exempt from certification.

February 1, 2018

Persea Naturals LLC announces membership in the IACM

Persea Naturals LLC is pleased to announce its membership in the International Association of Color Manufacturers (“IACM”). Its membership in IACM will be beneficial to the continued development of Persea Natural’s initial product offering, AvoColor®.

Produced from the seed of the avocado, AvoColor® is a yellow-red food color additive that meets the needs of a rapidly changing color additive market by addressing demand for natural food colors. AvoColor® is relatively stable compared to other natural color additives on the market and has the potential to cover 40 percent of the color spectrum. Persea Naturals doesn’t use marketable fruits and vegetables to manufacture AvoColor®. Persea Naturals is working towards FDA approval for AvoColor® as a food color additive exempt from certification.

IACM is the trade association that represents the manufacturers and end-users of coloring substances that are used in foods, including natural and artificial colors on thestate, national, and international levels. IACM is respected by regulatory bodies around the world for its unparalleled knowledge and access to leading scientific researchers and color industry experts.

For additional information regarding Persea Naturals LLC, please visit www.AvoColor.com. For additional information of the IACM, please visit www.iacmcolor.org.

EVENTS/AWARDS – 2016

Penn State Research Foundation Grant – $12,000 – April 20, 2016

Penn State Fund for Innovation, Jump Start Program Grant – $75,000 – September 22, 2016

2nd Place – 2016 Invent Penn State University Technology Tournament – $50,000 – October 7, 2016

Presentor at FirstEnergy Economic Development Forum – November 21, 2016

Nominated for CBICC Excellence in Business Award – Entrepreneur of the Year – December 15, 2016

Bob accepting second place ($50,000) at the V&IP Conference
Bob accepting second place ($50,000) at the V&IP Conference.