No Addition of Synthetic Additives
or Preservatives, No Artificial
Flavors or Colors
With an abundance of food choices, more and more people are looking for good food that not just fills their stomach but satisfies their palates. At the same time, food safety issues are making consumers more conscious about safe food made with good ingredients.
With these trends, nutritious and wholesome foods cooked from natural ingredients, such as fruits and grains, are launched one after another, forming a new market. Dried fruit chips is also a natural wholesome food that is a snack in texture but maintains the merits of fruits―their taste and scent. GL Bio Co., Ltd. is at the vanguard of producing various types of dried fruit chips and supplying them to the domestic and overseas markets. The company is developing and distributing environmentally friendly organic and natural products under the concept of “green life project,” which stands for the happiness of everyone―producers, consumers, and nature.
Domestic Ingredients, Domestic Technology, and Domestic Production
For dried fruit chips produced under the brand name “Chips Joa,” GL Bio uses fresh fruits harvested in season in Korea. This and other products of the company meet all the safety criteria and follow the principle of “domestic ingredients, domestic technology, and domestic production.” No synthetic additives or preservatives and no artificial flavors or colors are used in the process. Mr. Gee Kung-min, CEO of GL Bio, said, “To develop new items that satisfy a maxim of food safety, stable supply, and hygienic production, GL Bio first selects fruits of pure Korean varieties that can be supplied in large quantity and evaluates them for competitiveness overseas.”
For example, the company uses as main ingredients the apples, pears, strawberries, satsumas, and other fruits that are rated as excellent in quality compared to foreign fruits. To produce higher quality products, the CEO personally visits the cultivation sites and purchases fruits. To further increase the reliability of the products’ quality, they are made with fruits whose condition is excellent even for being sold fresh as are and not with fallen or scratched fruits that are usually used for processing. In the case of the strawberry and satsuma chips, only whole fruits are used and the pulp shape is maintained without additional processing. The chips are highly recognized for the quality and technological skills. Mr. Gee explains that GL Bio does not apply additional processes to embellish the shape or taste of its products. As a result, Chips Joa, a freeze-dried product, contains 200 to 350 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per 100g of the product, which generates an equivalent potency to taking a general vitamin supplement.
Hygienic Production in HACCP Certified Facilities
After purchasing, washing, and sorting the raw ingredients, GL Bio applies a freeze-drying method that is technically supported by the Foundation of Agri. Tech. Commer-cialization and Transfer (FACT), a Korean governmental agency.
In addition, GL Bio pays a lot of attention to hygiene. The company is equipped with an automated production line that handles all the steps of cleansing, sterilizing, drying, and packaging.
It also controls for foreign substances using a metal detector. Equipped with these facilities, GL Bio was able to obtain Hazard Analysis Critical Point (HACCP) certification last year. The safety of the facilities also received recognition from the Korean government. Mr. Gee stresses, “Many of our products, including Chips Joa, are loved by children, so we are making unremitting efforts to produce hygienic and safe products based on thorough quality inspection and production facility management.”
Favorable Response from Overseas Buyers, Exports to Japan
Established in 2011 and since then incessantly striving to maintain high quality and develop new products, GL Bio is now supplying its products to large supermarkets and department stores in Korea. Further, the company is introducing its products to foreign buyers through food exhibitions in Korea and overseas. Based on the favorable evaluations at the exhibitions, GL Bio started exporting its products in April of last year. According to Mr. Gee, strawberry, apple, and satsuma chips are currently exported to Japan, and negotiations with a Chinese company are in the final stages. GL Bio has obtained certification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the US, which paves the way for the entry into the American market planned for 2016. Currently, the company is preparing to acquire certification from US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Rice Joa made with Organic Rice, Fruits, and Vegetables
GL Bio also produces Rice Joa, a snack certified as an organically processed product. It is made with healthy organic rice, fruits, and vegetables. These include sweet pumpkin and sweet potato. Since Rice Joa is designed for children, the company puts extra effort into choosing raw ingredients. The chips do not contain any synthetic additives, preservatives, or artificial coloring additives. Parents can therefore give the snack to their children with an easy mind. Rice Joa comes in several types based on the age of the targeted children. These include: plain rice snack for infants older than four months; vegetable rice snack for infants older than six months; and sweet potato rice snack for infants older than eight months. The products are individually packaged, which makes it easy to manage them hygienically and safely.
Company: GL Bio Co., Ltd.
Address: 124-1, Sagimakgol-ro, Jungwon-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea