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We are collagen specialists

Protein, S.A. is an industrial company, with more than 40 years of experience in the manufacture of proteins and leader in the manufacture of hydrolysed collagen (bioactive collagen peptides). Pioneer on the use of hydrolysed collagen in human health and well-being, it also manufactures collagen-based food supplements, and it is one of the world leaders in this area.

Our mission

Hydrolysed collagen is a unique nutrient due to its health benefits, its efficacy and harmlessness. 

It was more than thirty years ago that we fell in love with this protein and singular ingredient, and we decided to devote our professional life in studying and manufacturing it, and in spreading its benefits. Over the years, this decision has compensated us, not only on business and professional level, but on a personal level, since we feel intimately satisfied when so many people tell us, directly or through social networks, that the intake of this product has improved their quality of life.

Francesc Gavarró Mir CEO
Chemical Engineer IQS
Maria Teresa Figueres Juher Managing Director
Degree in Biological Sciences
Our history
1976 Creation

Protein, S.A. was born as an affiliated company of Metalquimia, S.A., for the purpose of developing and manufacturing proteins intended for the meat industry.

Protein, S.A. was born as an affiliated company of Metalquimia, S.A., for the purpose of developing and manufacturing proteins intended for the meat industry.

1989

Splits from its mother company and focuses on hydrolysed collagen’s production. With a surface of 4,500 m2, 7 employees and a small plant, it began producing 100 tones a year of hydrolysed collagen.

Splits from its mother company and focuses on hydrolysed collagen’s production.

1996 R+D

An R+D project to research for new raw materials started.

An R+D project to research for new raw materials started.

2000 New Production Plant

Protein produced 3,000 tones/year of hydrolysed collagen made from hides, which were sold to the European meat industry, thus becoming a leader in its speciality.

At the same time, it began constructing a new production plant, which used fresh porcine bones as raw material, due to the huge availability of this material in the area.

Protein began constructing a new production plant


2005 EFSA homologation

Its manufacturing process, unprecedented and natural, obtained the EFSA homologation.

Its manufacturing process, unprecedented and natural, obtained the EFSA homologation.

2006 Scientific Studies

Different studies performed on the same collagen product on “in vitro”, bioavailability, clinical (on OSTEOARTHRITIS), and pilot-clinical trials (on skin wrinkles and fibromyalgia) endorsed the health benefits of COLPROPUR D® hydrolysed collagen

Dispone de estudios científicos que apoyan los beneficios de salud del colágeno hidrolizado.

2008

Protein launched COLNATUR®, a range of collagen-based powdered food supplements, sold in pharmacies, parapharmacies and dietary shops, totally innovative and novel products in this channel.

Protein launched COLNATUR®, a range of collagen-based powdered food supplements, sold in pharmacies, parapharmacies and dietary shops, totally innovative and novel products in this channel.

2009 Spain and Ecuador

The sale of COLNATUR® in Spain and Ecuador started.

The sale of COLNATUR® in Spain and Ecuador started.

2015-2016 Classic and Complex

 

The varieties of COLNATUR® Classic and Complex were launched, and the export of the range to Chile, Bolivia and Peru started through a domestic distributor.

The varieties of COLNATUR® Classic and Complex were launched, and the export of the range to Chile, Bolivia and Peru started through a domestic distributor.

2017 Sport and Fisio

The COLNATUR® range grew again with the variety Sport and the muscular massage cream Fisio. More than 1,000,000 cans of COLNATUR® were sold per year.

The COLNATUR® range grew again with the variety Sport and the muscular massage cream Fisio. More than 1,000,000 cans of COLNATUR were sold per year.

2018

Protein sold the COLNATUR® brand to the Spanish multinational Laboratorios Ordesa, S.L., and started selling hydrolysed collagen-based food supplements with its new brand COLPROPUR®.

The range was made of two products: CARE and ACTIVE.

On the same year, Protein opened commercial affiliated companies in France and Italy, in order to promote the sale of COLPROPUR® in these countries and, through distributors, in other markets.

Protein sold the COLNATUR® brand to the Spanish multinational Laboratorios Ordesa, S.L., and started selling hydrolysed collagen-based food supplements with its new brand COLPROPUR®.

On the same year, Protein opened commercial affiliated companies in France and Italy.


2019

Protein finished the development of a new product, PHOSCOLLAGEN®, made of a union of hydroxyapatite (calcium phosphate of bone origin) and bioactive collagen peptides. This ingredient helps to prevent and treating the mass loss and bone decalcification (OSTEOPOROSIS).

Protein finished the development of a new product, PHOSCOLLAGEN®, made of a union of hydroxyapatite (calcium phosphate of bone origin) and bioactive collagen peptides. This ingredient helps to prevent and treating the mass loss and bone decalcification (OSTEOARTHRITIS).

2020

The COLPROPUR® range was expanded with the varieties JOINTS, BONES & JOINTS, SKINCARE, LADY, SPORT and SENIOR.

The COLPROPUR® range was expanded with the varieties JOINTS, BONES & JOINTS, SKINCARE, LADY, SPORT and SENIOR.

Production plant and R+D
Our productive line is unique and totally innovative. Both the plant and most of the machinery have been fully designed by the engineers of the company. It is totally automated and constantly monitored, and it works continuously, 24 hours a day and weekends. 
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It is located in Celrà’s industrial area (Girona, Spain), on a 18,000 m2 land owned by the company. Every year it produces 2,700 tones of hydrolysed collagen, 5,000 tones of calcium phosphate and 2,700 tones of food fat.

It is equipped with the latest technological innovations and has a continuous monitoring and registry system of the critical points of the process by HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). It has the sanitary registry corresponding to its activity, and it is subject to the permanent control of the sanitary authorities.

Protein manufactures its products through a natural (with hot and enzymatic treatment), original and unique process, developed by the company itself and homologated by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) which guarantees the high quality of the products.

The R+ D department has been key for the continued improvement on our products’ quality and the development of innovative products, to other industries as well as to the final consumer.

Nowadays, the R+D department also works together with our clients to develop hydrolysed collagen-based products for private brands.

Our commitment
Raw Materials
Traceable
There is documented evidence of all the itinerary, from the source animals to the production plant, with certificates issued by each of the suppliers.
Fresh
Protein is located within a thriving meat industry area, allowing proximity to the raw material sources, as well as a very short time between the generation of these materials and their use.
For food use
Our raw materials come from healthy animals, which have been submitted to veterinary controls ante and post-mortem. They always remain within the cold chain and receive the same hygienic and sanitary treatment than the fresh meat.
Quality Control

Our accurate quality control on raw materials, ingredients, process and final products allows us to offer quality, regularity and safety to our clients, at the physicochemical, microbiological and organoleptic levels.

Protein has two sophisticated and well-equipped chemical and microbiological laboratories, where the quality of each phase of the production process and of each batch produced is analysed and guaranteed by our technical experts.

Environment

The company has always maintained a very respectful attitude towards the environment, trying to generate the least amount waste of possible. 

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Since 1995, it has a biological WWTP (wastewater treatment plant) which works in vertical and in 4 phases, each of which takes place in a tank of about 16 m high and with a capacity of 100 m3. This vertical WWTP, very efficient and unique, has been designed and entirely built with our own technology. As a result of its work, the company’s wastewater stays within all the required limits established by the strict environmental regulation in our area.

Internationalisation

For the sale of end-consumer products, the company has commercial delegations (subsidiaries) in France and Italy, as well as distribution in other countries and it is working to expand its distributor’s network worldwide.

 Our main industrial clients are big and prestigious companies, as well as multinationals, which drives the company to keep high-quality standards.

Currently, about 40% of our industrial production is sold outside Spain, and the products destined to the end-consumer are marketed outside the country.