グミ研究所 Gummi lab.

Gummi lab, creating original gummies through OEM and
ODM commissioned manufacturing services.

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Full-custom Production

We produce a variety of gummies to meet our customers’ needs,
including functional gummies, fruit juice gummies,
sugar-coated gummies, and center-filled gummies.

Lot

Minimum lot 200kg
Economic lot 1,200〜2,400kg
  • *Appearance may vary depending on the gummy type and whether or not it has an original mold.
  • *Gummies sold on the commercial market contain around 40 to 50g per bag. When manufacturing in the smallest lot size, 200kg, around 4,000 to 5,000 bags will be produced.

Flow

(1)Meetings → (2)Specification confirmation → (3)Prototype → (4)Mixture formulation and mixture determination → (5)Prototype endurance tests → (6)Line tests → (7)Endurance tests of line product and further inspections → (8)Verifying contents of ingredients display and wrapping display → (9)Full production and packaging processing → (10)Delivery

*This schedule is only an estimate. Changes may occur depending on difficulty of the mixture and production schedule.

Original mold

Things to prepare Development drawing (three-dimensional view)
Production period Master type : 3-4 months
Mass production type : 3-4 months
*Depends on difficulty and size.
Size 21×21mm
Cost ¥800,000 and above
*Depends on difficulty and size.
  • *Our company produces gummies by first shooting gummy filling through an injection nozzle into a starch mold (flattened corn starch) that has been pressed and shaped, and then drying it.
  • *Since it is difficult to create 3D-style gummies when filling into starch molds, the filled side will be flat.
  • *If using specially manufactured molds, it may be necessary to use a special nozzle to match its shape when filling. In such cases, a separate fee of ¥1,200,000 or more will be charged.

It is possible to cut back on costs by using our company’s all-purpose molds.

Type Ellipse
Small
Cone
Small
Ellipse
Medium
Ellipse
Large
Cone
Large
Cube Heart Bear
Shape
Side
Top
Weight range(g) 0.4〜0.5 0.35〜0.8 1.0〜1.3 1.5〜3.6 1.5〜4.2 1.4〜3.6 3.0〜4.5 2.3〜4.2
Size Length
and width
(mm)
9×12 11×11 8×14 18×21 21×21 12×12 21×23 21×16
Height
(mm)
9 11 7.8 11 13 13 11.5 10.5
Standard Weight
(g)
0.4 0.7 1.1 3.6 4.0 2.8 4.0 4.0
Grain 400,000 220,000 140,000 40,000 40,000 70,000 40,000 40,000
Sugar coating × × × × ×
Center-filled × × × × × ×

Prototype

Flow We move forward by first checking specifications, then formulating the mixture, and finally by making the prototype,
all while holding several briefings to keep everyone on the same page.
Cost ¥50,000 per order (tax not included)
*Please check operation details.
Days, Quantity About 4 to 6 weeks (1type)
We can send an estimated 30 to 100gs of prototype product per trial.
*Differs depending on gummy grain weight.

Line tests

This is a confirmation test that uses the actual full production line to check whether mass production is possible.

Quantity Production is made in the minimum lot (200 kg).
Cost We will make new estimates as we move forward with meetings and negotiations.

Price

We will make new estimates as we move forward with meetings and negotiations.
We also accept orders for final processing (packaging) and packaging preparation.

Raw materials

Gummies’ primary ingredients include glucose syrup, sugar, gelatin, processed starch products, acidulants, flavoring, coloring, emulsifiers, and polishing agents.

Acidulants
used for adding sourness. Also mixed in to stabilize gummy quality.
Flavorings
used to add taste. It’s also possible to adjust strength of flavor.
Coloring
natural coloring agents are used. Coloring may fade when exposed to fluorescent light or sunlight for extended periods of time.

*We recommend using aluminum packaging or packaging with an evaporated aluminum coating to keep out light.

Emulsifiers
used primarily as a defoaming agent.
Polishing agents
used to prevent gummies from sticking to one another after leaving the starch mold.*We also use oblaat, a thin edible layer of starch, to help prevent sticking.

Recipe

In order to boost the originality of the product, we can also have customers supply ingredients to be used as additives in the gummies.*All ingredients supplied must clear food sanitation standards with regard to general bacteria numbers, coliform group bacteria, mold, yeast, and so on.

Fruit Juice We can also add clear, concentrated fruit juices. While there are no fixed Brix standards, we recommend raising Brix to 50 – 60 if you want to include many things in the mixture.
Powdered Ingredients Only powdered ingredients which dissolve in water can be used.
Mixture volume will change depending on how much can be dissolved in water. Also, as a size standard, we only use ingredients which can pass through size 40 mesh, but some ingredients which meet this standard may still have black dots or be mistaken for foreign objects. For this reason, we will first verify whether the powdered ingredient can be used and then contact the customer with the results.
Mixture
Track
Record
Types of Vitamins
Vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5, (pantothenic acid) vitamin B6, vitamin B7 (biotin), vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin E, folate
*Vitamin A, vitamin B5. With regard to vitamin C, the amount remaining in the finished product might be smaller than the amount initially added.
Types of Minerals
Calcium (calcium lactate), iron, zinc, magnesium (magnesium sulfate)
Others
Fiber (polydextrose), squalene, placenta, collagen peptide, hyaluronic acid, bilberry extract, açaí extract, blueberry extract, adlay extract, DHA, EPA, perilla oil
Ingredients that cannot be
added to mixture

Ingredients cannot be used if they contain substances that may hinder gummies from congealing, spread color to the line, or contaminate other products.

  1. Anything that contains any of these seven specific raw ingredients (eggs, milk, flour, buckwheat, peanuts, shrimp, and crab).

  2. Things with strong odors (garlic, fish, shellfish, etc.)

  3. Things with high coloring power (lutein, beta-Carotene, curcumin, etc.)

  4. Things that do not dissolve in water

  5. Things containing solid bodies (please check for seeds and fibers if you supply pastes or juices. In concern for machine friction, we request raw ingredients which can pass through size 40 mesh. If you are able to send us a small sample, we can inspect your material to verify that it clears all item checklists, apart from ①. Please feel free to consult with us. With further regard to the material’s usability in production, we will perform tests to see if it is compatible with gummy liquid and also check for ways to bring out flavor.)

  6. Anything that might prevent gummies from congealing (tannin, catechin, sodium, etc.)

Color change

Gummies gradually turn brown over time by nature of gelatin’s composition.
Also, many commonly used natural colorants fade and change colors due to heat. Red, purple, and blue pigments are especially prone to show drastic changes in color. (Yellows and oranges, on the other hand, are comparatively resistant to change.)

The truth is that it’s impossible to prevent fading and discoloration entirely, even when using heat and light resistant natural coloring agents.
We consider some degree of discoloration and fading to be acceptable, but will deem a material unfit for production if discoloration or fading is severe.

An example of color changes in gummies
which used anthocyanins
(the pigment found in blueberries and purple sweet potatoes)

  • Immediately after production

    Immediately after
    production

  • 10 months later

    10 months later

*Part of the image of gummies above has been removed.