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Ricola is a well-known brand of herb lozenges, with its roots in Switzerland. Founded in 1930 by Emil Richterich and two other pharmacists, Ricola has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers of dietary supplements and herbal teas in Europe. The company’s headquarters are located near Basel, Switzerland, and besides their European production facilities, they also have manufacturing facilities in North America. While most people associate Ricola with their Swiss herb drops (called “drops” because they dissolve quickly in your mouth), the company also produces a variety of teas as well.
Ricola’s popular Swiss-made drops use a blend of 13 herbs that grow only at very high altitudes – between 3,000 and 7,500 feet above sea level. The herbs are cultivated in various areas of Switzerland and imported to the company’s facility, where they are with glucose syrup and sugar to make up the lozenges.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does the brand Ricola have drops sweetened without sugar?
Most Ricola drops are sugar-free. Therefore, the brand offers consumers lower-calorie products that are tooth-friendly.
For the sweet flavor, the products come with sweeteners. The brand, in the beginning, used aspartame, sucralose, and acesulfame-K in our products. However, the brand is now slowly substituting these sweeteners with steviol glycosides extracted from stevia plants.
2. Do all the herbs fit the Bio Suisse standards?
The herbs for Ricola products are produced by making use of natural methods. But, we also like to state that not all Ricola herb farmers hold Bio Suisse certification.
3. I am a practitioner of vegan. Can I consume Ricola products?
Some Ricola products are not appropriate for vegans as they contain honey. For products without honey, the brand does not use any animal-derived ingredients.
4. Are Ricola products gluten-free?
It is considered that products made by Ricola are gluten-free under the Codex Standard. Hence, these products are suited for people with gluten intolerance.
5. Are Ricola products lactose-free?
It is considered that products from the brand Ricola are lactose-free under the Swiss Foodstuff Ordinance and appropriate for individuals with lactose intolerance.