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FutureCeuticals Direct

FutureCeuticalsDirect is your trusted source for innovative and effective nutritional supplements direct from the manufacturer.

Heritage

Rooted in the Midwest soil, the Van Drunen family established Van Drunen Farms, our sister company, as a vegetable and herb farm over 130 years ago. Today, Van Drunen Farms is one of the largest food ingredient suppliers in the world.

VDF FutureCeuticals, Inc. (FutureCeuticals) was incorporated in 1999 in response to a growing demand for fruit and vegetable ingredients that are standardized to specific levels of nutrition and safety. We rapidly became a recognized leader in the research, development and manufacture of potent fruit, vegetable, and grain-based nutritional products for the functional food and dietary supplement industries.

The Van Drunen Family continues to own and operate both FutureCeuticals and Van Drunen Farms.

World-Leading Manufacturing

With locations in Illinois, Wisconsin, California, and Europe, our facilities include over 1,000,000 sq.ft. of product research facilities, production lines, bioanalytical and biochemistry laboratories. We also continue to maintain 500 acres of organically certified farm fields and 1000 acres of conventional farmland.

Together, FutureCeuticals and Van Drunen Farms process over 60 million pounds of fruit, vegetable, and grain based materials annually.

Our state-of-the-art processing capabilities have been painstakingly designed and developed in order to help maintain, preserve, and concentrate the wide array of beneficial nutrients found naturally in foods. FutureCeuticals’ experience and carefully optimized harvesting, handling, processing, testing, and formulation methods assure that we produce only the very best products available.  Because of this, we are confident that every product we sell lives up to our highest standards.

Quality

At FutureCeuticals, our facilities are cGMP-compliant, HACCP- (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) compliant, kosher-certified and certified as organic processing plants by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and the State of California.

Our Quality Control programs include:

  • Rigorous vendor approval program
  • Product identity testing
  • Self-inspections
  • Sanitation
  • Pest control
  • Employee training
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Air sampling
  • Bioluminescence
  • Annual audits by British Retail Consortium (BRC)

Our in-house analytical laboratory testing capabilities include the following:

  • FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy): Identity and Country of Origin Testing of all raw materials and Identity Testing of finished blends
  • PPSL (Photostimulated Luminescence): Radiation detection testing by PSL photon count level screening
  • HPLC (High-Performance Liquid Chromatography): Qualitative and quantitative phytochemical testing and fingerprint analysis
  • GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry): pesticides, residual solvents, amino acids, fatty acids, some glucosinolates
  • ICP/MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry) and ICP/MS DRC (Dynamic Reactive Cell): Heavy metals testing and nutritional mineral analysis
  • UV Spectrophotometry: Quantitative analysis by light absorption: polyphenols, anthocyanins, OPC, fibers, beta glucans, flavonoids, betalains, carotenoids
  • HPTLC (High-Performance Thin Layer Chromatography): Botanical identification testing

Research

FutureCeuticals is heavily invested into the research and discovery of new avenues for human health based upon real, whole fruits, vegetables, and grains.

Our development team has generated more than 50 patents pertaining to metabolic health, healthy energy, inflammation, cardiovascular health, and healthy aging.

FutureCeuticals’ talented chemists and biologists have been published numerous times in peer-reviewed scientific journals or have been publically recognized in oral presentations before their peers at internationally-attended meetings.

FutureCeuticals Direct Timeline

FutureCeuticals Direct began in 2007 as a way for consumers to purchase innovative and effective nutritional supplements which come from whole food, directly from us, the manufacturer. In 2007, oathealth.com was launched to sell Nutrim®, Oat βeta Glucan rich oat bran for Lowering Cholesterol.  Nutrim®,  is our number one selling product.  In 2010, fruitex-b.com was launched for FruiteX-B® Calcium Fructoborate after a pilot study was released with users reporting 79% increased joint flexibility and 66% greater knee comfort after taking FruiteX-B® for 7 days.  Calcium Fructoborate has been the subject of numerous research studies  which has shown this plant mineral complex to be both bioavailable and bioactive. In 2011, Ultimate Foods green drink mix and Mighty Crunch healthy freeze-dried fruit snacks were added to the product list. In 2012 we put those products "under one roof" and launched futureceuticalsdirect.com.  We anticipate adding new products from among our 50 patented and trademarked products.  We also will continue to provide information which supports our customers' efforts to live a healthier life.  As always, we are dedicated to providing our customers with great products and a great customer experience.