At IPC2024 – scientists from academia and industry present current advances in the research, production and use of probiotics, prebiotics, microbiome modulators, pharmabiotics, live biotherapeutic products, postbiotics, psychobiotics and provide insights in their role in maintaining health and preventing diseases.




Delivery formats



Joint health


What are some of the trends in alternative delivery formats for joint health supplements: Bulky powders have long been the go-to format for consumers, but is there potential and consumer demand for dosage form innovation?

This article will look at the technology behind nutraceutical gummies as an alternative delivery format in joint health, as well as exploring the trending formulations we see based on customer requests. One of the main technical challenges for nutraceutical gummies is for brands to ensure the bioavailability of the ingredients throughout the product’s shelf-life. But of course, for truly a stand-apart product, they also need to taste great with desirable organoleptic properties. We explore the key considerations for brands in manufacturing high quality gummies and the most trendy and popular consumer ingredients.

The 17th International Scientific Conference on Probiotics, Prebiotics, Gut Microbiota and Health – IPC2024 will be held during the 18th – 20th June 2024
in Prague, Czechia.

The goal of conference is to provide a scientific forum for all stakeholders of probiotics and prebiotics and to enable the interactive exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge. The conference is focused on evidence-based benefits, health claims proven in scientific experiments and clinical trials.

New scientific evidences that support or question the efficiency of already existing or prospective substances and applications will be conferred. In addition novel strains, controversial but scientifically solid ideas, approaches and visions will be presented as well.

Further to its scientific content, IPC2024 is a networking event. It is a unique opportunity to meet all the stakeholders of probiotics and prebiotics.

Participants will meet those who influenced the past, influence the present and most importantly will shape the future of probiotics and prebiotics by means of basic research, clinical trials, regulatory efforts or development of industrial technology. Initiation of cross-boarder co-operations between scientists and institutions will be also facilitated.

Recent years participants average number over 400, from more than 80 countries. Which makes IPC the largest Conference on probiotic and prebiotic science.

The statistic of IPC2023 is as follows:

  • 36% research scientists from industry (dairy science, dietary supplement distributors, food microbiology, food safety, fermentation technology, gastro-enterology, immunology, genetics)
  • 27% scientists from academia (dairy science, microbiology, gastro-enterology, pediatric nutrition, genomics, immunology)
  • 21% dairy product marketing and technical support
  • 5% regulatory agencies (USDA, FDA, EFSA and nationals)
  • 11% sponsored participants as part of incentive programmes (opinion leaders, dietary supplement distributors other influencers)
  • 70 % of attendees are PhD, 17% are university professors, department heads; students 12%.

The science behind nutraceutical gummies

But not all gummies are created equal and like with any breakthrough in supplement delivery, the skill of the manufacturer is to combine scientific precision with an enjoyable sensory experience. For example, we need to ensure the ingredients remain bioavailable and effective throughout the shelf life of the product, all while meeting the taste expectations of consumers – which continue to rise.Manufacturing nutraceutical gummies of the highest quality is a delicate balancing act of formulation, processing, and packaging. The process typically begins with the formulation of the gummy recipe and selection of the ingredients, which are mixed in precise proportions.

This next stage involves heating the mixture to ensure all the ingredients are blended homogenously and form a consistent solution. After mixing, the solution is cooled to an exact temperature where it can be molded into gummy shapes, but without losing its desired properties. The cooled mixture is poured into specialized molds that give the gummies their final shape and size. Once the gummies have solidified in the molds, they are carefully removed from the molds and then comes the drying process. Finally, gummies must undergo strict quality control and testing to ensure that they meet the desired specifications for nutrient content, taste, and overall quality. When you put all this together it becomes quickly apparent how important it is to have precise controls and quality by design.

Key considerations include the selection of active ingredients, stability of these ingredients, shelf life of the active over time, and the overall nutritional profile. The most important consideration is that gummies are carefully formulated to accommodate the bioavailability requirements of joint health supplements, ensuring that the nutrients are effectively absorbed by the body.

Cracking the taste code

One of the critical factors that contribute to the popularity of nutraceutical gummies is their taste. Unlike traditional supplement formats, gummies provide a delightful and familiar sensory experience that consumers are more likely to embrace and adhere to in the long term. To win over consumers, gummies need to taste not only acceptable but provide an enjoyable experience.

Developing a flavorful gummy formulation for joint health supplements requires a fusion of science and art. In fact, natural sweetening agents such as fibers, natural flavors, and even textural elements play a pivotal role in crafting an appealing taste profile. Such is the importance placed on this aspect of product design that at Sirio, we have three flavorists working full time on flavor gummy profiles and we invest considerable time and effort in honing and perfecting this - recognizing that a pleasant taste is a significant factor in whether consumers are satisfied and continue to take the supplement in the long term.

Trending gummy joint formulations

Below are some of the most recent combinations that we see rising demand for:

  1. Collagen gummies: Collagen, a protein crucial for joint elasticity and cartilage health, has gained considerable attention in recent years. Gummies enriched with collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, and other joint-supportive nutrients offer a convenient solution for individuals seeking to maintain joint flexibility and resilience.
  2. Turmeric and ginger gummies: Turmeric is a well-known ally to relieve muscles and joint pain, and the combination with ginger effectively compounds its anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Omega-3 gummies: Omega-3 fatty acids, known for their anti-inflammatory effects, play a vital role in maintaining joint health. Gummies fortified with omega 3 offer a tasty alternative to traditional fish oil supplements, catering to those looking to soothe joint discomfort.
  4. Multivitamin gummies for comprehensive joint support: Taking this class a step further, many consumers are looking for a comprehensive and holistic approach to joint health. Multivitamin gummies that combine joint-specific nutrients with other essential vitamins and minerals provide a well-rounded solution for individuals seeking overall joint well-being.


Consumer demands are evolving, and the landscape of joint health supplements is undergoing a transformative shift towards innovations that can address a new type of consumer. Nutraceutical gummies have emerged as a frontrunner in this evolution, offering a blend of convenience, taste, and efficacy. But formulating gummies that maintain ingredient bioavailability while satisfying the palate of consumers is not an easy feat. The future of joint health supplementation lies in the seamless integration of science, technology, and consumer preferences. As nutraceutical gummies continue to gain traction, we can anticipate further advancements in formulation techniques, taste customization, and ingredient synergy. Ultimately, the goal remains to provide consumers with the most robust solutions that will help them in their journey towards improved mobility and well-being.