beverage POCARI SWEAT, as a stable
revenue platform, said Shinsuke Yuasa,
president of Thai Otsuka Pharmaceutical.
The company is focused on developing
products based on scientific evidence and
creating new categories for medical food
and beverages. Some of its recent research
has involved food products for seniors
with kidney problems, people that can only
eat small portions and those who have
The Thai plant, which is located an hour’s
drive outside of Bangkok, currently produces
the company’s Enteral Nutritional products.
This plant is only two years old and churns
out a total of six brands and approximately
To produce this medical food in powder
form, ingredients are transferred from a
separate room to the emulsifier where
the formula is mixed together. It is then
homogenized to ensure the emulsification is
complete. The mix is then heat pasteurized
and transferred to the spray dryer, located
in a separate room. After the powder is
collected here, it is sent to another mixing
room where vitamins and minerals are
added. The powder is then sent to the
Only one type of product is produced
here per week. The plant operates 24 hours
a day, five-and-a-half days a week, closing
for approximately a day and a half for both
clean-in-place and manual cleaning. During
the course of a day, between 10-12 tons of
powder is produced.
The company is mostly producing powder
as its primary medical food product, but is
looking to develop more platforms, such as
liquid applications and bars. “Powder is 80
percent of the market,” said Yuasa. “But we
want to develop more convenient, ready-to-
drink products for busy consumers.”
Debra Schug is a Contributing Writer for
Thai Otsuka Pharmaceutical is focused on developing products based on
scientific evidence and creating new categories for medical food and
beverages. Some of its recent research has involved food products for seniors
with kidney problems, people that can only eat small portions and those who
have absorption issues.
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