Harvesting Aloe vera

Do you ever wonder where your products come from? The TV show, How It’s Made, became an incredible success by addressing people’s curiosity to understand the process raw materials go through to create the final product. However, they never got around to make an episode dedicated to Aloe vera! But don’t worry, we’re going to share with you exactly how Aloe goes from a plant in the ground to your favorite Univera products.

Univera uses a lot of Aloe, as you can imagine. We get that Aloe from our sister company, Aloecorp. The Aloe that Aloecorp produces and delivers is called ACTIValoe®. Aloecorp describes ACTIValoe® as follows:

Aloecorp’s ACTIValoe® not only exceeds the standards established by the International Aloe Science Council’s (IASC) Certification Program for content and purity, but more importantly, Aloecorp is the only supplier to quantify and guarantee 10% polysaccharide (dry weight) retention through our unique patented process…Only Aloecorp, through this patented manufacturing process, can guarantee the retention of all the healthy benefits of Aloe vera. Aloecorp simply provides the most extensively tested Aloe vera available.

So, how does Aloe vera go from plant to juice to bottle?

First, the leaves need to be harvested from the plant. Aloe fields are divided into sections and are harvested on a rotating schedule to ensure that the mother plant has the right amount of new growth before harvesting in that section again. This is how the plant remains healthy and viable for years to come!

Aloecorp employees inspecting freshly cleaned Aloe leaves.
At the processing facility, the leaves are cleaned by spray washing. The employees in the processing facility dress in special gowns and go through several buffer zones and air washes to ensure that there is no risk of contamination. Nature made Aloe perfect and we do everything we can to preserve its purity and power.

After cleaning, the outer rind of the leaf must be removed. The top and bottom of the leaves are removed by hand by employees and the leaf is then sent through a machine that fillets the leaf, leaving behind the gel.

Aloe leaf after the rind has been removed.

Aloecorp’s processing method, MAP, increases the biological activity of Aloe by 3 times. This ensures the best quality and most efficacious product possible. Then the juice and pulp can be separated in preparation for purification and stabilization.

After purification, the juice is flash pasteurized and packaged. Samples of the juice from every batch are sent to a lab to ensure that it meets the high requirements set forth by Aloecorp.

In order to get Aloe from a juice to a dry product. Aloecorp uses a process called Qmatrix®, an “exclusive dehydration technology…that has been shown in published academic studies to significantly improve the retention of heat labile nutrients.” How could this process get any better? Well, it’s also energy efficient and environmentally friendly!

The care and dedication of Aloecorp helps to ensure that we are delivering the best quality and most efficacious products on the market—batch after batch, year after year.

If you want to see what this process looks like in real time, check out the video on Aloecorp’s homepage here: https://aloecorp.com/