Plant extract is a plant (including tissue, fruit, etc.) as raw material, through the physical and chemical extraction and separation process, directional acquisition and concentration of one or more of the plant active components, Without changing the product formed by its active component junction. It can be used as raw materials, widely used in food and beverage, medicine, health products, cosmetics and other downstream industries. There are many kinds of plant extracts. At present, more than 300 kinds of plant extracts have been extracted. According to the content of active components, it can be divided into three types: active monomer extract, standard extract and ratio extract. It can be divided into glycosides, acids, polyphenols, polysaccharides, terpenes, flavonoids, alkaloids etc. According to the product form, it can be divided into vegetable oil, extract, powder, lens and so on. According to the application, the plant extract can be divided into natural pigment products, traditional Chinese medicine extract products, extract products and concentrated products.
The plant extract industry plays an important role in the industrial chain. Upstream, China has a vast territory, spanning more than 60 degrees longitude, more than 40 degrees of dimension, geological and geomorphologic diversity, rich plant resources, can be used for plant extraction of more than 300 kinds of plants, with unique advantages. Downstream, China has a long history of Chinese herbal medicine applications. At present, it has expanded the application of plant extracts from traditional medicines and foods to pharmaceuticals, health care functional foods, food additives, cosmetics, feed additives, Botanical veterinary drugs, botanical pesticides, etc. The food and beverage accounts for the largest proportion in the plant extract industry, more than 60. Plant extract is a new industry, although some countries in Europe began to produce and apply it in the early 19th century, but it was still only budding, not on a scale, let alone forming an industry. Until the early 1880s, there was a "return to nature" frenzy around the world, where people felt the negative effects of chemosynthetic drugs and developed a sense of security over all natural Chinese herbs. So the plant extract is developing rapidly and irresistibly, and then Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States. China, Italy and other countries have begun to produce Chinese herbal medicine extract and used in traditional Chinese medicine health food.