Paramount Going Green …Importance of Green Chemistry

GO GREEN is the message from Paramount Aromachem…see more

Paramount Aromachem, India have a new website www.parachcem.in 

DSC02580Visionary Engineering is the key to Paramount success

Chief Engineer and designer ,Sharad Agrawal  says…


As an ecologically conscious and socially responsible organization, Paramount is dedicated to preserving the environment for today’s and all future generations. Paramount’s quality management system is certified ISO, HACCP and is a reflection of our strong commitments to customer service, quality and continuous improvement. We select our business operations, production processes and partners who share our beliefs that the chemical industry has great value and if managed properly, increases health and well-being, safety and quality of life.

Paramount now claim to have the worlds largest capacity for Carvone and Carvacrol.

Reduced enviromental impact and at a lower cost for customers makes it a win win situation for sure.



Intellectual Property Curcumin .Buy Yellow at your peril7

Turmeric PowderThis month , April, has been a month of IP harassment. The most notable theme has been IP holders trying to scare off customers to buying theirs. Even major billion dollar groups get scared of this. What prompted me to write was an email of 30/4 from Sabinsa . Nice timing for the Vitafoods Show next week of course.

You may have had their email  extolling their  patent on Curcumin ( How come ??) and warning you that you may already be infringing their patents.  I quote

We would like to alert you that the curcuminoids material or the piperine material that you may be purchasing from your suppliers or contract manufacturers may actually be infringing the valid claims of patents EP0839037 and EP0810868. It would be in your best business interests to ensure that your organization does not form part of the patent infringement process.”

However they do offer help to get you out of this potential mess by buying from them…so kind !! Nothing like playing on ones fear of being sued or something unfortunate happening..perish the thought..but you better get our  protection .

Now in UK Law they have nicely opened themselves to be sued under Groundless Threats. This is a bit of legislation ( UK and Malta only )  that basically prevents patent holders abusing their position against third parties who are not prime producers. I refer you to read this from eminent London Lawyers Irwin Mitchell


Basically it means that unless you are primary producer or importer you should not worry about threats and you can take action against patent holder. I am not a lawyer but I think that retailers, internet sellers to the public and maybe tablet producers are in the clear. But you should check.

The possible good news is that their patent EP0839037 was filed in 1996 and should expire next year. Hence rush maybe for you all to convert now. You can see the patent below which seems to contain a lot of solvents and extractions and more solvents. In that time of 20 years I am sure someone has come up with a better method such as CO2?? I always thinks solvent residues can be a problem


I am sure a few traditional Curcumin Producers will have something to say about it and I would be looking for a process that does not need so many solvents.

Normally I would say up to them to defend a patent but not to try and scare the whole market. That’s what gets me annoyed!

I have had this tactic in the past with Nutrinova and Renessenz who prefer tpo scare customers rather than actual producer

Currie Expedition to India

This is a bit of promotion for Arora Aromatics India. I visited this factory in Moradibad on the road from Dehli to Lucknow. A lot is said about Indian Roads and Traffic and none that I would deny. It can be a hair raising experience which is no mean feat if you know my hair ! Now a Pub Quiz fact is that the World Cup was made in Moradibad which is a centre  of excellence for brass ornaments..so now you know where the “Duck and Dog” get their Horse Brasses !

2015-03-18 22.48.00Our first stop was the Arora Aromatics Factory near Moradibad. Arora run by Arvind Arora . They are leaders in the production of Mints and Menthol .  A key factor of Arora is their intense knowledge of the market at ground level. Arvind learned the business from the ground up and his relations with farmers and traders has grown up over the years. A knowledge that is invaluable in this business.

We are exclusively promoting Arora in Europe and we are very impressed with their cis -3 – hexanol ability.

After Moradibad we were off to Delhi back down  that road with trucks with no rear lights . Scary but at the same time quite enthralling and so interesting but I should really have been terrified.

In DeDSC02551lhi we were off to Ghaziabad to visit Paramount and their new factory. When I was last here there was a skelton of buildings ready to install all the equipment for the production of L-Carvone and derivatives. The factory is a testament to ingenious engineering by Sharad Agrawal and his father Vijay. A 2000 tonne factory that can be run from a central command centre with a staff of 5 !!!  Amazing and endorsed by all F&F visitors who have seen it.

Now the ethos of the factory is adherence to Green Principles  and this is certainly the case. One of the best factories I have ever seen and so well engineered. Green Chemistry as defines as   is the utilisation of a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products.

So if you are using Spearmint you had best ensure your products are Green !!

We were well looked after by Vijay and Sharad and had dinner at their house. The home cooking has to be sampled to be believed. Excellent !!

2015-03-21 15.41.59Next stop Goa for the weekend and sun ,sand palm trees . It was good to relax and have a dip in the ocean too. My only complaint was it was “too hot ” and typical phrase used by us Brits. Mind you on my return to UK it was back into big coats and hats and scarves and gloves…what a country !! Goa was great and a complete contrast to business. Sounds odd but great Greek Restaurant Thalassa. Excellent food and Ocean Views .

A quick stop in Mumbai for two nights and dinner at Ravi’s Sports Club with the Cricket Pitch and aircon viewing !!

Had my eye on motorbike, Royal Enfield Bullet 350. Never ridden one but if I did this retro bike would be it.2015-03-23 14.40.29

Look forward to next trip to India for sure.