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H.I.M. Changsha: The Art of Botanical Extraction

For thousands of years, tea-brewing has been simple—just add hot water. At the Herbalife Innovation & Manufacturing (H.I.M.) botanical extraction facility in Changsha, China this tradition is improved by advanced manufacturing science and technology.

Great products start with great ingredients that can be mapped right back to the farm. We generally achieve this by partnering with the world’s best ingredient suppliers, who excel in providing traceable ingredients. Many botanical ingredients we source and process in-house.

The H.I.M. botanical extraction facility in Changsha is integral to our Seed to Feed strategy. Seed to Feed brings the highest quality products to Herbalife customers, and one of the cornerstones of this strategy is self-manufacturing. The H.I.M. Changsha facility is strategically positioned in Hunan Province, well known for its fertile soil where many of the world’s most beneficial botanicals originate. The strategic sourcing team at H.I.M. Changsha deals directly with farmers to secure raw materials matching our specifications, for further processing into finished raw ingredients.

The facility is made up of five buildings totaling more than 13,400 square meters. It can handle nonstop extraction and high capacity spray drying of over 1,000 metric tons of botanicals a year. Also part of the H.I.M. Changsha facility is our Quality Control Center of Excellence, a state-of-the-art a quality control laboratory. This center is a central part of our worldwide testing program. There, we retest finished products made at all our H.I.M. facilities, as well as those made by our manufacturing partners worldwide. Herbalife has invested in sophisticated equipment, including High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC), Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer GC-MS. These state-of-the-art instruments are found in the most advanced laboratories around the world and are used to analyze the identity and composition of ingredients at all stages of extraction and manufacture. H.I.M. Changsha also has kosher and halal certifications.

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Our team of experts in our state-of-the-art testing laboratory assures the integrity of our ingredients. This includes purity testing and evaluation of sensory aspects such as color, flavor, and aroma to ensure that our extracts meet our rigorous quality standards.

Key ingredients extracted at H.I.M. Changsha are used in Herbalife® products around the world.

 

H.I.M. Changsha Fast Facts:

  • Five buildings covering 13,418.59 square meters
  • Over 110 employees
  • Output of more than four metric tons of powdered extracts every day

State-of-the-art investment:

  • HPLC (high performance liquid chromatograph)
  • ICP-MS (inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry)
  • GC and GC-MS (gas chromatography-mass spectrometer)
  • HPTLC (high performance thin layer chromatograph

Certifications

  • QS License, Kosher Certificate, Halal Certificate
  • Export of Plant Products, Production, Processing and Storage Business Registration Certificate