Naturally
made.
For you.

Your companion for essences and extracts from Hamburg, Germany.

Tailor-made.
Naturally. For you.

Nutramaxx® is your companion in product development when you are looking for plant extracts, distillates or essences for your products. We make food more natural. We produce tailor-made extracts in consultation with you and also support you in further product development when it comes to topics such as product safety and declaration issues. In doing so, we use our worldwide network for raw material procurement, which we have been steadily expanding since 2005, and are thus able to serve even unusual customer requests. 

Vanilla is of particular importance to us. We develop extracts from vanilla beans from various regions such as Madagascar, Uganda, Tahiti or Mexico. Our focus and expertise in this area have also been reflected in our new logo.

Nutramaxx®. Naturally made. For you.

Extracts are for us as easy as A(pple) — B(anana) — C(itrus).

From the initial idea
to market readiness:

1 How it all begins
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  • It all starts with your idea and request for a particular product or taste.
  • With counter-questions we clarify for which application the product is and which qualitative specifications it must fulfill. BIO, Naturland or Fairtrade certified? Halal, kosher or baby food? If we have a suitable product in our range by default, we will send you a sample immediately.
  • A suitable product for your wish does not yet exist? No problem, we at Nutramaxx love innovation and the challenge—the journey begins with step number 2 ...
2 Selection of suitable raw material suppliers
  • We create a supplier selection for the suitable raw material with which we can later create an individual sample for your request and clarify the following questions:
  • Do we have all documents and certificates for the raw material? And: Is the raw material available or could there be bottlenecks?
  • We then order a raw material sample from a suitable supplier.
3 Sample Production & Analysis
  • The basis for your individual sample is produced in a rotary evaporator or as an extract or macerate.
  • The process is continuously documented and, among other things, the specifications for the sample are recorded.
  • After the basic sample arrives, an extraction or distillation is performed and your individual customer sample is developed.
  • We perform detailed analyses with information on allergens, pesticides, chemical-physical parameters etc.
  • Finally, we create the final specification of your sample.
4 Your lab tests, our support
  • We will send you your individual sample and you can now start your own tests in the lab.
  • But also at this point we do not leave you alone:
  • If you wish, we will be happy to assist you in creating the recipe or the list of ingredients.
  • We can also develop ready-to-consume samples for you.
  • We are also there for you if you have any legal questions about topics such as sales descriptions or ingredient lists.
5 Final formulation & market readiness
  • The customer sample appeals to you and the end customer product is to be launched?! Wonderful!
  • In this case, we create our final recipe and a process instruction, secure the raw materials in coordination with you and produce a defined quantity with the help of our manufacturing partners so that you can start a pilot production on your plant.
  • In addition, we create your customer-specific specification including documentation and commission further analyses.
6 Delivery
  • The time has come: your individual, tailor-made product is produced and delivered!
Here we show our latest progress.

Freshly prepared:

This type of mint is different!

01.12.2022

This type of mint is different!

Nanamint or Moroccan mint is less methol-like than peppermint. This mint combines freshness, but also floral notes, as well as the taste of aloe vera. Mild sweetness meets a subtle sharpness. Moroccan mint is used particularly in teas.
For our nanamint extract we use mint leaves from certified organic cultivation in Italy. We have already been convinced of this fine mint aroma in our laboratory experiments.
The special flavor profile of nanamint can be perfectly combined with cold and hot drinks in the form of our natural mint extract. It is also excellent in sweets and candies!

Against the rules!

24.11.2022

Against the rules!

If you have a very close look this herb does not even belong to the mint genus, however, they both come from the mint family and are closely related.
Gundermann or also Gundelrebe visually resembles the mint leaves as we know them, but their leaves are heart-shaped. As a medicinal plant, it was well known among the Germans and in the Middle Ages. Its name derives from the ancient pennyroyal.
Gundermann is used as a spring herb in soups or in salads and also does not have a typical mint smell. We are particularly enthusiastic about its strong and herbal note. It complements well with the rest of our mint range.

17.11.2022

Crunchy shell, tender inside.

Citrus extracts can be used in many different ways and can be combined in multiple ways. You probably know the combination of dark chocolate and orange, but have you ever dared more?
We brought the wonderful flavor combination of citrus extracts and chocolate to life in the form of our chocolates. The extracts are oil-based and are therefore perfect for use in chocolatey creations.

These 4 combinations melt in our mouths:

  • Organic white chocolate meets clementine extract
  • Organic white chocolate meets cedar lemon extract
  • Dark organic chocolate meets bergamot extract
  • Dark organic chocolate meets red tangerine extract

Clementine and cedar lemon harmonize perfectly with a delicate, light ganache made from white couverture, while we find the combination of tangerine and bergamot with a fine, dark ganache made from dark couverture very harmonious.
The praline samples are handmade. In addition to the various fillings, the crunchy casings are also cast and colored by hand.

Let's continue in a fresh way!

10.11.2022

Let's continue in a fresh way!

Number 2 of our mint series is the well-known classic: peppermint. Mint and peppermint are often used as synonyms, but mint is the genus and peppermint is the variety.
The nickname "piperita" refers to the refreshing taste of the mint variety. It stands out for its spicy and very aromatic notes. Its menthol content in particular is significantly higher than that of other types of mint. When we made our own peppermint extract using our vacuum rotary evaporator, we also noticed mild, tea-like flavors.

We know the taste of peppermint from candies, chocolate pralines or ice cream. Have we piqued your interest in trying our peppermint extract?

We 🖤 organic and regional!

03.11.2022

We 🖤 organic and regional!

Last week we visited the organic farm Stövesandt in Niedersachsen. There we looked at how ginger and turmeric are grown. Particularly impressive: It is possible to plant ginger and turmeric in Germany! We have learned that a great of know-how is required to make them grow that well. This includes, for example, the so-called "mother tubers" having to germinate for several weeks before they are sown. Many new ginger tubers then develop from the mother tubers.
When the ginger is harvested, it is washed, cut, sorted and packaged on site so that it can be sold fresh. Due to the regional cultivation, it does not have to be imported from other countries, which is a great climate-friendly advantage. Fresh ginger looks much more colorful than the ginger that we know from the supermarket. It also tastes a little fresher and even a little juicy.

We took some of the ginger with us for our laboratory tests and are currently working on an organic ginger extract from Germany.

Not only certified organic, but also Narurland-certified ...

25.10.2022

Not only certified organic, but also Narurland-certified ...

Our Naturland-certified lemon, orange and cola spice extracts are Naturland certified.

Independent checks are carried out on our extracts several times a year to ensure the highest standard and to maintain the internationally recognized certification. Ecological production systems and sustainability in production are of particular relevance. The Naturland guidelines cover areas that go beyond the EC organic regulation and therefore offer a high level of ecological quality.

Our extracts lemon, orange and spice extract type cola are ideal for use in beverages or confectionery!

Our path to becoming a CO2-neutral company ...

17.10.2022

Our path to becoming a CO2-neutral company ...

Our goal is to make all our business processes climate-neutral by 2025. We have implemented another small step in this direction in the last few weeks.

We have switched all our employee credit cards to the provider Pliant. On the one hand, you have very good cost control, you can see immediately which documents are missing and all transactions can be synchronized with DATEV.
On the other hand, with every transaction we see how much CO2 is generated. Pliant has various climate projects, so it is possible for us to offset our business expenses and the associated CO2 emissions.

CO2 compensation is about emissions that a company cannot avoid. This can be offset by investing in certified sustainability projects. These projects are designed to reduce future emissions.

At the end of the year we get a certificate and know how much CO2 we have emitted due to business trips. An example: A flight from Berlin to Munich with 3 overnight stays and a taxi ride to and from the hotel results in CO2 emissions of 245.7 kg.

Programs are currently being supported in Ghana (efficient cooking stoves), India (solar water heaters) and Bulgaria (methane reduction).

The symbol of a long life.

12.10.2022

The symbol of a long life.

Ginkgo is the Japanese temple tree that is sacred in China and Japan. But how does gingko actually taste?

We mixed dried organic ginkgo leaves with an ethanolic-aqueous solution to create a macerate. Thus, the ingredients and flavorings were released from the leaves. The ginkgo leaves were then sieved out of the solution and the extract was filtered so that no solids remained in the extract. In the last step, the extract was evaporated to a thick extract in a rotary evaporator.

The ginkgo leaves convinced us in terms of taste: They give a pleasantly mild, green, tea-like and round aroma.

Mint can taste fruity?

06.10.2022

Mint can taste fruity?

We start our mint series with apple mint. For us, it's all about the taste!

Its name already says it all: apple mint impresses with its light apple taste and scent. The mint experience is sweet, refreshing and fruity, which makes it ideal for hot and cold beverage creations. A lower menthol content allows the sweet aromas to stand out more. Lemonades, teas and sweets are perfect for an apple mint refinement.

Have you ever tried apple mint?

Those were some refreshing experiments!

04.10.2022

Those were some refreshing experiments!

Did you know that #mint is not just mint? In the past few weeks we have been experimenting a lot with unusual mint varieties. Do you know the difference between pineapple and apple mint? We are amazed at the difference in taste.

Get ready for exciting updates from our lab!

This project is particularly important to us!

29.09.2022

This project is particularly important to us!

This month we are not only on the subject of bourbon vanilla beans, but also as part of our non-profit association Help Mada e. V. traveled to the northeast of Madagascar. Our insights there overwhelmed us.

What exactly do we do at Help Mada?
The large island state of #Madagascar generally has poor infrastructure and a comparatively low standard of living. Medical care and education suffer as a result. Often there is neither a hospital nor a school for miles - especially in the rural areas. The United Nations Human Development Index is 176 out of 191 listed countries.

Very few own a car and if a journey is contested by vehicle, very poor road conditions sometimes make the journey more difficult. In relation: We needed about 1.5 hours by car for the 10km-long way to the village of Namohana.

For this reason, since 2020 we have been supporting the construction of schools and health centers in rural areas in north-eastern Madagascar by collecting donations.

During the trip, we felt the impact these projects can have on people. Unexpectedly, the whole village in Namohana welcomed us with happy dancing and singing. The plan is to build an infirmary that will not only provide medical care to the residents of Namohana, but also to the surrounding villages. This will give almost 18,000 people access to first aid and medicines. With the cheerful reception, the villagers thanked us for the planned project.

We still need a small part of the required sum to start construction, but our stay has strengthened us all the more in our mission. We hope all the more that construction can begin soon.

If you want to learn more or support us, there is more information on our website www.help-mada.org.

By the way: 100% of the donations flow directly into the local projects!

Quiz question: How long does it take to harvest a vanilla bean?

23.09.2022

Quiz question: How long does it take to harvest a vanilla bean?

The answer to that is not that simple. It is clear that the cultivation and harvesting process takes a lot of time and effort. As we found out on our last trip to Madagascar on the trail of Bourbon #Vanilla, it takes sensitivity, patience and lots of hard-working hands. The vanilla plant initially needs about three years until it forms flowers. That's when it gets exciting: Only once a year does it open its flowers for a few hours and hand pollination can take place. When the pods are formed a few months after pollination, they can be picked. After a bath in hot water, drying processes follow several weeks of fermentation. In the morning the pods are laid out in the sun to dry and in the evening stored to “sweat”. The pods are then dried in storage rooms for two to three months. Only then is it sorted into different quality levels, depending on the vanilin content and moisture level. Depending on many factors, the quiz question cannot be answered unequivocally. What is certain is that there is a lot of manual work and effort behind the popular spice. Did you expect that? We, nutramaxx, buy our bourbon vanilla beans directly from the processor, who in turn buys the beans from the vanilla farmers at fair prices. We extract the pods and supply them to food manufacturers from a wide variety of sectors.

Small berry, big taste!

13.09.2022

Small berry, big taste!

The juniper is well known to us in the production of #gin. Fresh from our taste laboratory, it is the essential oils of the berries in particular that are responsible for the round aroma in our organic juniper distillate. They ensure a pleasant and balanced taste profile: we are used to the sweet, flowery, spicy and pine-like notes from the delicious trendy drink.

But can you only make gin from juniper? Our juniper berry distillate can be found in a wide variety of drinks and other foods. How about an #organic juniper berry lemonade instead of gin?

For our juniper berry distillate we use organic juniper berries from European cultivation. These are macerated with alcohol before distillation, and the aromas described above are obtained during the subsequent, gentle vacuum distillation.

If you are interested in a sample or further information, simply write to us at info@naturallymade.com!

Wow, we're surprised!

02.09.2022

Wow, we're surprised!

We are used to special tastes, but we have rarely encountered such a special taste. We have been tinkering in our laboratory and today we present our Ashwagandha extract, which can be described as bitter and sweet, but also reminiscent of earthy, woody, herbal and slightly hay aromas. For the new flavor combination, we extracted whole, dried Ashwagandha roots in a solid-liquid extraction to get as many flavors as possible. The liquid was then carefully filtered before we gently concentrated the extract into a viscous extract in our vacuum rotary evaporator. Ashwagandha belongs to the nightshade family and is also known under the names sleeping berry, winter cherry or Indian ginseng. It is considered a medicinal plant in Ayurvedic medicine and means something like "smell of the horse". But don't worry: the grassy olfactory notes of the root dissipate during the production of our extract in the laboratory. If you are interested in a sample or further information, simply write to us at info@naturallymade.com!

When life gives you lemons...

24.08.2022

When life gives you lemons...

...extract them! There is a real lemon trend this summer, ranging from aesthetic table decorations in restaurants to irreplaceable ingredients in refreshing drinks and food. The sour but simple ingredient tastes best when left in its natural state. Our #BIO lemons and conventional lemon extracts in different flavor profiles are perfect for turning summer product ideas into reality. If you are interested in a sample or further information, simply write to us at info@naturallymade.com!

We do bitter! You too?

16.08.2022

We do bitter! You too?

Fresh from our development lab, our #BIO angostura bark extract. Did you know that the name was derived from the city "Angostura", today Ciudad Bolivar, a city in Venezuela. "Angosturari bark" are the dried bark pieces with a strong, spicy, bitter taste of the angostura tree Cusparia trifoliata Engl. (Rubiaeae family) that grows wild in South America, especially on the banks of the Orinoco in Venezuela. The bark, mainly used for so-called Angostura bitters, contains aroma (1.5% essential oil with 14% calipol) and bitter substances (especially angosturine) and is mainly imported by the essence and spirits industry. We have developed an organic angosturari bark extract from this raw material, which is excellent for use in drinks to give them a bitter note. If you are interested in a sample or more information, just write to us at info@naturallymade.com!

Our Nutramaxx family has grown!

09.08.2022

Our Nutramaxx family has grown!

Our youngest family member is our vacuum rotary evaporator from Heidolph Instruments GmbH & Co. KG, which helps us to distill and extract new natural raw materials. The rotation and heating of the flask in the heating bath produces steam that flows through the condenser. Condensation takes place and liquid enters the receiving flask. At the same time, the boiling temperature is reduced by applying a vacuum, which means that evaporation can take place at lower temperatures. This process is very helpful, especially with temperature-sensitive raw materials, as it is particularly gentle on the aroma. We already have a few attempts behind us. Clear favourite: our angostura bark extract, which adds a bitter note to drinks.

Vanilla harvest in Madagascar

07.08.2022

Vanilla harvest in Madagascar

The years 2021 and 2022 were particularly important for the vanilla harvest in Madagascar. Exports rose rapidly and reached a peak not reached in the last 20 years. Instead of the usual 1600-2000 tons per year, 3187 tons were achieved. In 2021, the Malagasy government set a minimum export price of 250 USD/kg, which will apply until 2023. To protect local workers, the minimum price a vanilla farmer receives for a kilo of green vanilla beans is 70,000 Ariary, which is about $17. The vanilla harvest in Madagascar is currently satisfactory with a vanillin content of 1.6-2%; the quality of the harvest will not change for the time being. However, the Malagasy currency is still very weak and the development of the USD and EUR will lead to further devaluation.

Our team gets a tasteful addition.

01.08.2022

Our team gets a tasteful addition.

In the photo, it is still standing inconspicuously and securely packed in front of the foodlab, Hamburg's first address for innovative creatives in the culinary and food sector. But soon its first working day will begin: with a state-of-the-art rotary evaporator from the company Heidolph, we at Nutramaxx are taking our flavor management to the next level for you. Intuitively and gently we can extract, intensify and compose flavors. Your individual wishes for special and exclusive flavors are (almost) unlimited. Look forward to further insights!

BioFach 2022. Finally personal exchange again!

01.08.2022

BioFach 2022. Finally personal exchange again!

The BioFach trade fair in Nuremberg could take place again this year. As a Naturland sign partner, we didn't have a stand this year, but we were able to concentrate fully on the many exciting exhibitors. We were particularly inspired by the many start-ups with their exciting ideas. Our key takeaway: The trade fair once again made it clear how important personal contact is and what exciting developments there are in the food sector. We are already looking forward to next year!

Naturally made responsive.

29.07.2022

Naturally made responsive.

We didn't stop at a new logo: our website has also been redesigned and optimized from the ground up. Enjoy a flight over the jungle or explore step by step how we work with you to get your product from the initial idea to market readiness. We at Nutramaxx stand for flexibility and customized solutions—look forward to more exciting features on this site in the coming months. Have fun and stay tuned!

New outside, familiar inside.

25.07.2022

New outside, familiar inside.

You are already used to freshness from our products — today we are proud to present to you our new brand identity with an equally fresh redesign: An appearance, colorfully supported by our closeness to nature, in writing and design a convincing combination of reliable quality, modern processes and attention to detail. Have you already discovered which flower is hidden in our new logo? Our old logo was a fusion of the letters "NM" that just wasn't up to date anymore. We derived "naturallymade" from the "NM" because this is what defines the identity of our products: naturalness.

German Brand Award 22 for Help Mada!

09.06.2022

German Brand Award 22 for Help Mada!

At the renowned German Brand Award, Help Mada e.V. won in two categories: Gold in Non-Govern­mental Organizations & Public Affairs and a special mention as Newcomer Brand of the Year! At the award ceremony in Berlin, Michael Behr, founder and CEO of Nutramaxx and first chairman of Help Mada, and Lilly Koch, Digital Marketing Consultant of Nutramaxx and project manager at Help Mada, accepted the award in person.

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We are aware of our social responsibility.

Not just words,
but actions:

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As a company, we are aware of our responsibility to keep pace with social and sustainable standards.

The world we live in is changing, and climate change is making itself increasingly felt. We are contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way of working by making changes in our organization bit by bit and paying attention to the careful use of resources.

But our attention is not only focused on our daily work processes. For years, we have been actively supporting the association Help Mada e.V. whose mission is to improve the health and education systems in Madagascar. It is close to our heart to make our contribution at this point.

The non-profit association was founded in 2020 and has set itself the goal of working with local partners to support and implement the construction of health clinics and schools in Madagascar. We at Nutramaxx believe that the development of the Madagascan infrastructure offers the local people even more quality of life and development opportunities, which are to be considered sustainable and long-term.

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