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Operating since 1991, we started with only one product, a liquid form of probiotics namely BIOremFERMENT.

Probiotics is the umbrella term for friendly bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. For many years we supplied the only probiotic available in South Africa. This gave us the opportunity to learn and teach our customers about the importance of probiotics in the human digestive system.

Probiotics in a liquid form, ensures that the friendly bacteria inside the product is easier absorbed from the mouth to the colon. This liquid form also ensures easier administration for older people, babies and AIDS patients who may have difficulty swallowing tablets.

Over time, Albiofa introduced a few more products to the health market, such as an antioxidant capsule and balm combination called BIOremCYDIN and Bio Balm.

The latest addition to the range is Terapeutico, an ointment with benefits emanating from the combination of probiotics and antioxidants and a must for any skin condition.    

The original product was developed by Mr. Nico Groenewald and Professor Wilhelm Holzapfel. Refinement was achieved by Professor P.L. Steyn. 

Mr. Nico Groenewald

1976 - Diploma Veterinary Technology
1980 - Enrolled for Baccalaureus Commercii
1990 - Baccalaureus Veterinary Technologea (Honours)
Prof Dr Wilhelm Heinrich Holzapfel (Reduced CV)

Education: Dr. rer. nat. (doctorate) 1969 at the Technical University of München, Germany.
Member of the Advisory Board (“Beirat”) of the "Bund für Lebensmittelrecht und Lebensmittelkunde" (Association of Food Legislation and Food Science of the German Food Industry) - from 1989 - 2015.

Advisor to the “International Foundation of Science”, Stockholm, Sweden.
Hon. Professor, Technical Univ. of Karlsruhe;
Extraordinary Professor, Univ. of Stellenbosch;
Full Professor in Microbiology, University of Pretoria until 1987.


Since 1986: Member of the IUMS (International Union of Microbiological Societies)   Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus.
Since 2003: Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Microbiology.
Major Research Interests: Lactic acid bacteria, probiotics, food microbiology, food safety and food biotechnology Gut microbiota.

Teaching: More than 40 years’ experience in teaching in basic and various fields of applied microbiology, including Food Microbiology, Food Hygiene and Industrial Microbiology. Teaching (in Korea) also in General Biology and in Food Technology

Publications:  325 scientific papers; about 70 book chapters; editor or co-editor of 7 scientific

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