Life Sciences

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Acme-Hardesty has served the food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries with high-quality ingredients for over 80 years. We’re committed to working alongside our customers to help them procure the ingredients that best suit their product and application needs, providing them with professional guidance and expertise along the way.

Our team has spent decades putting sustainability at the forefront of our business. We focus on supplying our customers with renewable, naturally derived ingredients using the most eco-friendly sourcing methods. At Acme-Hardesty, we’ve always worked closely with our suppliers to ensure that all ingredients are dependable, safe and effective, bringing our customers the highest possible value.

Our comprehensive product line features many solutions individualized to the food and beverage industry, including ingredients backed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Countless manufacturers use our FDA- approved products for applications like sanitizing contact packaging material and food contact surfaces, proving their safety and efficacy.

No matter what sustainable ingredients you’re in the market for, Acme-Hardesty is your solution.

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Prebiotics / Dietary Fibers

Prebiotics are plant fibers that provide the body with significant health benefits like preventing blood glucose spikes and supporting healthy sugar and lipid metabolism. Because these substances are indigestible to the human body, they move to the lower digestive tract when consumed, promoting healthy bacteria growth and supporting better digestion.

Our company delivers natural prebiotic products that bring function and nutrition to numerous food and beverage applications. We are proud to partner with PreBioUSA, a food and supplement producer dedicated to environmentally sustainable tapping and harvesting methods. Our partnership allows us to carry PreBioM, a natural probiotic polysaccharide proven to improve immune function, digestion and weight control with a high concentration of soluble fiber.

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View Applications Guide for Resistant Dextrin

Prebiotics / Dietary Fibers

  • Organic PreBio M - Perfect Life
  • Organic PreBio T- Perfect Life
  • Resistant Dextrin
  • XOS- Heagreen
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We give oleochemicals a new meaning, offering a wide array of ingredients including fatty alcohols, methyl esters, fatty acids and other responsibly sourced products from suppliers around the world. As proud members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), our comprehensive selection also includes palm oil- and palm kernel oil-based substances available as RSPO Mass Balance.

RSPO: Certified Sustainable Palm Oil
Acme-Hardesty is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil).

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Castor Products

  • AQTIV™ Organic Castor Oil
  • Castor Oil USP


  • Glycerine
  • Glyceryl Mono Stearate 450 V
  • Glyceryl Mono Stearate
  • Non-GMO Glycerine
  • Non-Palm Glycerine
  • Organic Glycerine
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Esters & Emulsifiers

When you come to Acme-Hardesty for esters and emulsifiers, you’ll find a broad scope of naturally derived ingredients used across food and wellness industries worldwide.

Food emulsifiers are among the most commonly used food additives. These ingredients reduce the surface tension between water and oil to stabilize mixtures, giving food products a more palatable structure and texture.

Esters, a type of emulsifier, are also frequently used in the food industry. These substances produce pleasant flavors and fragrances and occur naturally in foods like fruits and alcoholic drinks.

Esters & Emulsifiers

  • AQTIV™ MCT Powder
  • AQTIV™ Organic MCT
  • Coconut MCT
  • MCT
  • Non-GMO MCT
  • Triethyl Citrate
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At Acme-Hardesty, we carry protein additives that boost energy while helping to build muscle. Protein is a macronutrient, one of the three essential nutrition categories our bodies need to function. Macronutrients such as proteins are necessary for maintaining a healthy immune system and organ function, with substantial benefits for the heart, skin and brain. Typically in the form of a powder, proteins aid in muscle development, weight loss, tissue repair and enzyme and hormone production.

Protein supplements for life sciences are extracted from plant-based sources, such as rice, peas, beans and seeds. They usually contain added nutrients, herbs and sweeteners and are often stripped of naturally occurring fats, fiber and carbohydrates.


  • AQTIV™ Hemp Seed Protein
  • AQTIV™ Mung Bean Protein
  • AQTIV™ Pea Protein
  • AQTIV™ Pumpkin Seed Protein
  • AQTIV™ Rice Protein
  • AQTIV™ Sunflower Seed Protein


  • AQTIV™ White Kidney Bean Protein
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Hydrocolloids are hydrophilic polymers derived from a number of natural polysaccharides. They are used across various food, beverage and personal care formulations to control rheology and structure and modify viscosity and/or textures (ie. thickening and gelling agents). Keep in mind that the thickening effect depends on, the concentration, type of hydrocolloid, and pH level of the formulation.

Hydrocolloids find uses in products like jellies, jams, gummies, yogurt, ice cream, soups, salad dressings, sauces, peanut butter, toothpaste, the list goes on! The hydrocolloids offered by Acme-Hardesty are tried and true ingredients proven to give your formulation the texture or flow behavior it needs.


  • Cellulose Gum (CMC)
  • Pectin
  • Sodium Alginate
  • Xanthan Gum
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Botanical Ingredients

We offer numerous botanical ingredients that reflect our standards of eco-friendly sustainability. Botanical substances are plant-based materials used in various cosmetic and personal care products. These ingredients are derived from plant parts such as roots, fruits, flowers, herbs, leaves and seeds, leaving the plant’s remaining components to be dissolved using a special solvent. Once dissolved, the extract is then separated from the insoluble materials. The result is a natural solution commonly used to improve or maintain health.

Botanical ingredients are frequently used in skin care, aromatherapy and physical health, providing many advantages to end users that make them excellent additions to many life sciences products. They can reduce inflammation, smooth muscles and joints, improve digestive and immune health, and hydrate the skin.

Organic Botanical Ingredients

  • AQTIV™ Amla
  • AQTIV™ Ashwagandha Extract
  • AQTIV™ Bacopa P.E.
  • AQTIV™ Barley Grass
  • AQTIV™ Beet Root
  • AQTIV™ Boswellia
  • AQTIV™ Caffeine
  • AQTIV™ Cauliflower Powder
  • AQTIV™ Curcumin Extract
  • AQTIV™ Dandelion Leaf
  • AQTIV™ Fenugreek
  • AQTIV™ G Modulator
  • AQTIV™ Ginger
  • AQTIV™ Ginseng
  • AQTIV™ Green Coffee
  • AQTIV™ Green Tea
  • AQTIV™ Green Tea Powder
  • AQTIV™ Maitake Mushroom
  • AQTIV™ Milk Thistle
  • AQTIV™ Moringa Leaf
  • AQTIV™ Moringa Leaf Extract
  • AQTIV™ Mulberry Leaf Extract
  • AQTIV™ Pomegranate Extract
  • AQTIV™ Pomegranate Powder
  • AQTIV™ Purple Sweet Potato Powder
  • AQTIV™ Triphala Powder Extract
  • AQTIV™ Turmeric
  • AQTIV™ Wheatgrass
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Natural Sweeteners

Natural sweeteners are carbohydrates derived from natural sources like vegetables, roots, trees, nuts and seeds that improve the taste of food products while delivering trace amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Their osmolarity, or solute concentration, also helps to prevent mold and bacteria growth.

At Acme-Hardesty, we provide our customers with sustainable natural sweeteners cultivated without the use of chemicals or alcohol. Our sweetening ingredients set the standard for natural processing paired with excellent taste.

Natural Sweeteners

  • AQTIV™ Coconut Nectar
  • Stevia
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Specialty Ingredients

Over the years, consumers have become increasingly concerned with their health, driving the demand for greener, higher-quality products. We understand the importance of functional and environmentally friendly ingredients when it comes to our customers — that’s why we offer a product line with solutions specifically suited for the food and beverage industry.

Our products are widely used as texture- and flow-enhancing ingredients, food emulsifiers and food additives, such as digestive agents and energy supplements. With our offerings, you can feel confident that you’re getting some of the best formulas on the market.

Specialty Ingredients

Learn More About Our Food, Pharmaceutical, and Nutraceutical Additives

Our life sciences product selection comprises a wide array of FDA-approved ingredients that serve valuable roles in numerous food and beverage applications. The substances also serve the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries, acting as preservatives, antibacterial agents, emollients, thickening agents, excipients and emulsifiers.

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Triple Pressed Stearic Acid (TPSA)

Tripled pressed stearic acid (TPSA) is a renewable long-chain fatty acid used in the food and beverage industry. This ingredient can be either vegetable- or tallow-based and is often used by manufacturers as a mold-release agent for candy products and a food additive in hardening candies. Acme-Hardesty carries triple pressed stearic acid in many forms and grades ranging from liquid to flakes to beads. When you purchase TPSA from us, you'll have a choice of either bag, super sack or liquid bulk packaging options.

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MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride)

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are partially synthetic fats comprising three fatty acids and a glycerol backbone. Their name refers to the arrangement of atoms composing their chemical structure. In pharmaceutical uses, MCTs act as high-performing excipients and carrier or suspension materials for oil-soluble products like antibiotics and drugs. Our MCTs are available in liquid and Kosher varieties packaged in isotanks and drums.

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Glycerine 99.7%

Glycerine is a highly versatile substance available in numerous grades, including a 99.7% pure form derived from palm oil and palm kernel oil. This vegetable-based glycerine is ideal for the manufacture of various pharmaceutical solutions, acting as a humectant in products like suppositories, cough syrups and oral care products. We have multiple grades and forms of glycerine, such as tallow, veg, Kosher and United States Pharmacopeia (USP) varieties. Our packaging options include drums, 5-gallon pails and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs).

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Isopropyl Myristate

Isopropyl Myristate (IPM) is an ester comprising myristic acid and isopropanol. This ingredient comes in the form of a colorless liquid with a faint odor. IPM is used in various pharmaceutical applications, acting as a thickening agent, emollient and moisturizer in topical medicinal products. We carry vegetable-based IPM with a purity composition of 98% or higher. Our IPM products come packaged in drums with a shelf life of two years from the manufacturing date when stored according to Safety Data Sheets (SDS) regulations.

Purchase Life Sciences Ingredients at Acme-Hardesty

For high-quality food preservatives that contribute to overall health and wellness, choose Acme-Hardesty. We've been one of the industry's largest manufacturers of oleochemicals, such as oils, derivatives, preservatives and surfactants, for over seven decades.

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