COLUMBIA, Md., July 9, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Martek Biosciences, a DHA omega-3 market leader, announced today that WhiteWave Foods, North America's leading manufacturer of soymilk, organic milk and other organic foods, has expanded the launch of Silk(R) Plus Omega-3 DHA with life'sDHA(TM) and has made the product available in Canada. Silk(R) Plus Omega-3 DHA with life'sDHA(TM) was launched in the U.S. in February 2007.
"We are pleased that the success of Silk(R) Plus Omega-3 DHA with life'sDHA(TM) in the U.S. has prompted WhiteWave Foods to expand the product launch to include Canada, providing Canadian consumers with another opportunity to get DHA in their diets through life'sDHA(TM)," said Steve Dubin, Martek's CEO.
One of North America's best-selling natural food brands, Silk(R) soy beverage was introduced in Canada in 2000. In Canada, Silk(R) products include refrigerated Silk(R) soy beverage in Plain, Vanilla, Chocolate as well as Silk(R) Plus Omega-3 DHA with life'sDHA(TM) and Silk(R) Light. Silk(R) also offers shelf-stable soy beverages in Plain and Vanilla. Silk(R) products can be found in supermarket chains and specialty retailers across Canada. To learn more, visit http://www.silksoybeverage.ca.
In 2007 Canada's Food Guide was updated and now includes soy beverages in the milk and alternatives section. The guide recommends Canadians drink 500 mL of milk or fortified soy beverages every day to obtain an adequate amount of vitamin D in their diets.
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) omega-3 is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that serves as a primary building block for the brain and the eyes and supports brain, eye and cardiovascular health throughout life. There is a large and growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that people of all ages, from infants to aging adults, benefit from an adequate supply of DHA omega-3 in their diets. Scientific reviews have noted the importance of DHA omega-3 in proper brain and eye function, and there are studies currently underway to investigate its role in decreasing the prevalence of certain neurological disorders.
Martek's life'sDHA(TM) is unique in the market because it is derived from a sustainable and vegetarian source. Made from microalgae under tightly controlled manufacturing conditions, life'sDHA(TM) is free of oceanic contaminants that may be present in certain fish or fish oils. Microalgae are the only vegetarian source of DHA omega-3, the key omega-3 for brain and eye development and function.
Martek Biosciences Corporation (MATK is a leader in the innovation and development of DHA omega-3 products that promote health and wellness through every stage of life. The company produces life'sDHA(TM), a sustainable and vegetarian source of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), for use in foods, beverages, infant formula, and supplements. The company also produces life'sARA(TM) (arachidonic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid, from a sustainable, vegetarian source, for use in infant formula. For more information on Martek Biosciences Corporation, visit http://www.martek.com/.
Sections of this release contain forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon numerous assumptions which Martek cannot control and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ. These statements should be understood in light of the risk factors set forth in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2006 and other filed reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-K/A, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.