TSI Proves You Can Still Innovate Commodity Dietary Supplement Products

With four new internationally recognized certifications, TSI’s GlucosaGreen® sets new standards for sustainable glucosamine.

TSI Group is demonstrating you can still catch consumers’ attention by improving the quality
and experience of a commodity ingredient. By achieving four new internationally recognized
certifications for its sustainable GlucosaGreen®, the company is giving customers strong new
ways to differentiate their glucosamine brands from the competition.

GlucosaGreen® recently earned NSF’s Carbon Footprint Statement and ISCC PLUS Certified
Sustainability; as well as SGS’s Non-GMO Certification and Vegan Certification (V-Level
Criteria). Environmental concerns are driving a greater number of purchase decisions. Having
these certifications on product labels will assure consumers that with GlucosaGreen®, they can
protect both their joints and the planet.

“The dietary supplement industry was built on products like glucosamine, and TSI has been a big
part of that from the beginning,” emphasizes TSI Optimized Ingredients Product Line President
Will Ji. “The fact that we keep investing in our ingredients is a true testament to what matters
most to us as a company. We want to help our brand partners succeed, we care deeply about our
quality standards, and take our responsibility to the planet seriously.”

While TSI has been a major glucosamine supplier since the late 1990s, the company was later
among the first to call attention to the environmental concerns associated with traditional
shellfish-derived glucosamine.


“TSI invested in developing more sustainable technology because the shellfish extraction process
involves a high volume of chemical solvents, and produces tons of waste water that cannot be
recycled,” explains Ji.

Launched by TSI in 2016, GlucosaGreen® is the world’s first commercially manufactured
sustainable glucosamine produced by direct fermentation process technology. Made from corn,
GlucosaGreen® boasts a 70% reduction in carbon footprint compared with traditional
shellfish-derived options, more than 90% fewer water and hydrochloric acid input, and more than 98%
fewer waste byproducts.


GlucosaGreen® is bio-equivalent to all other glucosamine sources. It is also vegetarian, kosher,
Halal and can be taken by people with shellfish allergies.

Ji explains that TSI wanted to make a strong statement that there is still innovation in the
glucosamine space. “We saw the need for a different option, and we are doing something better.
These certifications create a cohesive bundle to reinforce our quality, standards and processes.”
The four new certifications cover a broad range of concerns:

  1. Carbon Footprint Verification Statement: Issued by NSF, this is third-party
    verification of GlucosaGreen®’s low carbon emissions data.
  2. ISCC PLUS Certified Sustainability: Issued by NSF and ISCC (International
    Sustainability and Carbon Certification), ISCC PLUS certification ensures that TSI’s
    GlucosaGreen® production complies with globally recognized sustainability and carbon
    emission reduction requirements, as well as physical segregation standards, throughout its
    supply chain.
  3. Non GMO certification: Issued by SGS after passing an on-site audit, this certification
    ensures that GlucosaGreen® production does not involve genetically modified organisms
    (GMO) from raw materials through product delivery.
  4. Vegan certification (V-Label Criteria): Issued by SGS after passing an on-site audit,
    this certification ensures that all stages of GlucosaGreen® production meet international
    standards for vegan and vegetarian products.

Ji confirms that demand for GlucosaGreen® has steadily increased since its debut eight years
ago. “About 80% of TSI’s glucosamine production is now sustainably produced GlucosaGreen®.
TSI has already worked to get regulatory approval in most markets, making it very easy for
brands to make the switch.


“Further, TSI stands ready to help our customers achieve regulatory clearances and make the
consumer-friendly label changes to call attention to GlucosaGreen®’s sustainability message.”


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To learn more about GlucosaGreen®, visit our ingredient website.