LONG BEACH, Calif., July 22, 2008 - BI Nutraceuticals today announced that its president and CEO, George Pontiakos, has been invited to present, "Organic and Herbal Ingredient Trends in North America," at the 7th Joint Meeting of AFERP, ASP, GA, PSE & SIF, running August 3 - 8 at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel in Athens, Greece. Pontiakos will speak on Thursday, August 7 at 11 a.m. about the changing climate of the North American natural ingredient market, specifically the growing popularity of herbal and organic categories due to increased consumer confidence in organic products' health and environmental benefits. He will also provide insight into organic farming and certification practices within the United States.
"There is growing worldwide interest in organic supplements and ingredients, as well as a lot of questions surrounding supply chain and sourcing strategies for organic ingredients, as well organic sterilization processes. This session will help educate attendees about these issues, as well as highlight overall trends in this rapidly expanding market segment," noted George Pontiakos, President and CEO of BI Nutraceuticals.
As president and CEO of BI Nutraceuticals, Pontiakos oversees the company's worldwide operations. BI has manufacturing and processing facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Long Island, N.Y., Boonton, N.J. and Suzhou and Shanghai, China. Pontiakos has held senior leadership positions at several leading consulting, medical services and technology companies including Monovasia, which he founded, Oluma, Lucent, Agere, Ortel, NetVantage and Timeplex. He has wide-ranging experience in scaling geographically dispersed global companies to maximize their ability to successfully compete in the marketplace. Pontiakos holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.
About BI Nutraceuticals:
BI Nutraceuticals, with facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Long Island, NY, Boonton, NJ and Suzhou and Shanghai China, is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including whole herb powders and teas, standardized and drug ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metal, pesticide and irradiation testing. All herbal powder ingredients are also tested under the company's Identilok(R) species identification process. The company has also developed a proprietary process, UltraHD(R), which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. Additionally, BI Nutraceuticals offers steam sterilization via the company's Protexx HP(TM) process. For more information visit www.binutraceuticals.com.
About the 7th Joint Meeting of AFERP, ASP, GA, PSE & SIF:
The 7th Joint Meeting of AFERP, ASP, GA, PSE & SIF (www.jointmeeting.2008athens.gr) brings together experts and scientists in natural products with pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic and agrochemical interest. Individuals from all over the world present research and discuss current scientific trends including drug discoveries from natural sources, bioavailability and quality of herbal drugs and health benefits of phytochemicals and other nutrients.
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