At this year’s Vitafoods Europe event, May 7-9 in Geneva, Switzerland, GELITA will highlight innovative product developments and new scientific findings. 

With TENDOFORTE®, for example, the company offers specific collagen peptides that are proven to strengthen ligaments and tendons, thereby preventing sports-induced injuries and helping athletes to return to training faster. 

GELITA will also present the latest research on FORTIBONE®, which is proven to increase bone mineral density, and present a complete spectrum of soft gelatine capsules—including GELITA® EC for enteric performance—that offer a wide range of fill release profiles. 

Muscle Support, Recovery

With a focus on preventing injuries and wear and tear, GELITA will offer visitors to Vitafoods Europe in-depth information on specific collagen peptides that support the musculoskeletal system. Overuse-induced tendon and ligament injuries are common in both amateur and professional athletes. However, scientific studies confirm that TENDOFORTE®, which has been specifically developed to keep tendons and ligaments strong and flexible, has both a preventive effect and accelerates regeneration, helping athletes to return to their previous performance levels more quickly.

The Bioactive Collagen Peptides® stimulate the structure-forming cells of the tendons and ligaments to form more matrix molecules and thus keep them powerful and resilient. With its unique mode of action, this clean label ingredient is especially suitable for the booming sports nutrition market.

To show how this could work in a finished product, GELITA has developed the Yoga Bar especially for the show. Visitors are invited to taste it at the GELITA booth.

More Benefits

Plus, as it makes up 95% of the organic bone matrix, collagen is also essential for strong and stable bones. A new study has investigated the long-term effects of specific collagen peptide supplementation on bone health. Experts will be available at the GELITA booth to talk visitors through the promising results, which confirm a pronounced increase in bone mineral density after FORTIBONE® supplementation.

The modes of action of GELITA’s other collagen peptides have also been scientifically proven. BODYBALANCE® helps active people to build muscle mass and reduce fat — and thus get their figure into shape faster — whereas FORTIGEL® promotes joint health by helping to rebuild cartilage tissue. VERISOL®, by contrast, has been specially developed to promote beauty-from-within concepts.

By adjusting the production process of gelatine, GELITA can modify the specific effect, timing and duration of the fill release of soft gelatine capsules to accommodate consumer needs. The latest addition to its portfolio is GELITA® EC, the first and only gelatine product for true enteric performance. As of now, the company can deliver a wide array of fill release profiles and even eliminate the “fishy” side-effects of omega-3 supplementation.

GELITA Experts On Stage

GELITA’s leadership in the field of collagen proteins is reflected in two presentations, which will take place in the Life Stages Theatre and in the Sports Nutrition Zone:

Tuesday 7 May, 13.00–13.30, Healthy Aging Block, Life Stages Theatre:

Dr Stephan Hausmanns, Vice President BU Health & Nutrition, will present new perspectives on bone and skin health, addressing bone density and healing, as well as beauty-from-within, diabetic wound care and reduced steroid use in skin disease

Tuesday 7 May, 14.20–14.50, Sports Nutrition Theatre:

Suzane Leser, Director Nutrition Communication, will discuss TENDOFORTE® — the first collagen solution for stronger connective tissue in sports and exercise, including emerging science and a case study


GELITA is the leading company for manufacturing and marketing collagen proteins. Coordinated from the headquarters in Eberbach, Germany, GELITA provides customers around the world with products of the highest standard, comprehensive technical expertise and sophisticated solutions. More than 20 sites and a global expert network ensure that state-of-the-art know-how is always available for customers. With 140 years of experience in the field of collagen proteins are the basis of GELITA's performance. A strong requirement for innovation is the driving force of the family-owned company that is always looking for new solutions for food, pharmaceutical, health & nutrition as well as for technical applications.

Within the range of collagen proteins, GELITA supplies collagen peptides with proven body-stimulating capabilities, tailor-made gelatines and non- or partly- water soluble collagens. This holistic range of products in combination with its vast experience in developing solutions for different applications makes GELITA first choice for its customers. In today's landscape of highest consumer demands, manufacturers of food products have to rely on natural, healthy, non-allergenic ingredients for their developments. Collagen proteins from GELITA are the perfect match for this as they fulfill all of these requirements, a particular plus being the fact that they are foodstuffs in their own right (e.g. no E-number). They also possess a set of unique technical and physiological properties. 

Besides the traditional use of collagen proteins as natural stabilizers and emulsifiers for countless products, they enable manufacturers to provide their products with other properties which are becoming more and more important. GELITA has intensified its research in developing solutions for physical mobility, weight management and beauty from within.