Research and Development is at the heart of our business.

In partnership with several companies, we are constantly working on improving the quality of our products.

Foodbiotic holds the status of «young innovative company» since 2009 allowing it to win several innovation awards: le grand Prix innovation Intermarché en 2011, les Paris aerosol & dispensing award en 2012, le Grand Prix innovation SIAL 2012, le trophée CCI Paris Ile-de-France de l’International en 2013, le Trophée performance commerciale globale de DCF en 2015 et le prix Epicures de l’épicerie fine agent en 2015.

Since the creation of Foodbiotic, R & D is the focal point of the company: a significant part of our turnover is used towards this.

Our initiatives towards innovation are driven by our wish to develop part of our organic products.

In partnership with local businesses in Iran, Foodbiotic is working to improve saffron cultivation conditions along with other products.


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Worldwide research into the active molecules in saffron
Researchers all over the world are continuing to study the properties of saffron. Over 150 volatile and aromatic compounds have been identified in saffron. The most important molecules are:


Safranal (2,6,6 trimethylcyclohexo-1.3-diene-1-carboxaldehyde)

This is a majority component of the volatile fraction of saffron. As safranal is found very little or not at all in fresh stigma, its concentration depend on the conditions under which the saffron is dried and preserved, and these factors determine the quality of the spice.


Picrocrocin (C16H26O7)

It is responsible for saffron’s bitter flavour. It is also the forerunner of safranal during the drying process. Safranal formation is accompanied by a fall in the picrocrocin level. Picrocrocin is a carotenoid.


Crocin (ester di-ß-D-gentiobiosyl)

Crocin is a carotenoid that essentially gives saffron its colour.
Of the Flavonoids, Cineol and Luteolol are found in saffron, along with Phytosterols (Phytoene and Phytofluene).


Saffron in medicine

Saffron has been credited with therapeutic qualities since ancient times. In ancient Persia, saffron was used in rituals of sacrifice to the deities and as a medicinal remedy (against melancholy) and perfume. The oldest treatise on medicine, the “Ebers papyrus” (approximately 1500 BC) found at Luxor, shows that saffron was part of the Egyptian pharmacopeia. Saffron may also be found in many remedies in the Roman pharmacopeia.


Clinical studies of saffron

  • FI. Abdullaev (2002), “Cancer chemopreventive and tumoricidal properties of saffron (Crocus sativus L.)” , Experimental Biology and Medicine 227(1),
  • Dharmananda (2005), “Saffron: An Anti-Depressant Herb”
  • Hasegawa, SK. Kurumboor & SC. Nair (1995), “Saffron chemoprevention in biology and medicine: a review”, Cancer Biotherapy
  • SC. Nair, B. Pannikar & KR. Panikkar (1991), “Antitumour activity of saffron (Crocus sativus).”, Cancer Letters Alternative to antidepressants
  • Etnopharmacol 2005 feb 28;97(2): 281-4.Epub 2005 Jan 6., Hydro-alcoholic extract of Crocus sativus L. versus fluoxetine in the treatment of mild to moderate depression: a double-blind, randomized pilot trial.
  • Noorbala AA, Akhondzadeh S, Tahmacebi-Pour N, Jamshidi AH.
  • BMC Complement Altern Med. 2004 Sep 2;4:12, Comparison of Crocus sativus L. and imipramine in the treatment of mild to moderate depression: a pilot double-blind randomized trial. Akhondzadeh S, fallah Pour H, Afkham K, Jamshidi AH, Khalighi-Cigaroudi F.
  • Phytomedicine. 2006 Nov.;13(9-10):607-11. Epub 2006 Sep 18. Crocus sativus L. (petal) in the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression: a double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled trial. Moshiri E, Basti AA, Noorbala AA, Jamshidi AH, Hesameddin Abbasi S, Akhondzadeh S.
  • Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2007 Mar 30;31(2):439-42. Epub 2006 Dec 15. Comparison of petal of Crocus sativus L. and fluoxetine in the treatment of depressed ouwtpatients: a pilot double-blind randomized trial. Akhondzadeh Basti A, Moshiri E, Noorbala AA, Jamshidi AH, Akhondzadeh S.
  • School of Med. 2007 Aug;21(8):703-16. Herbal medicines in the treatment of psychiatric disorders:a systematic review. Sarris J.
  • J Affect Disord. 2007 Jan;97(1-3):23-35. Epub 2006 Aug 22. The evidence base of complementary and alternative therapies in depression. Thachil AF, Mohan R, Bhugra D. Memory stimulation
  • Behav Brain Res. 2007 Nov 2;183(2):141-6. Epub 2007 Jun 12. Effects of the active constituents of Crocus sativus L., crocins on recognition and spatial rat’s memory. Pitsikas N, Zisopoulou S, Tarantilis PA, Kanakis CD, Polissiou MG, Sakellaridis N.

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