B&D Nutritional Ingredients Answers Customers Need for Stable Probiotic Through New Distributor Relationship with Unique BIOTECH USA

B&D Nutritional Ingredients has partnered with Unique BIOTECH USA to distribute their shelf-stable form of the revolutionary Bacillus coagulans.

Vista, California and Davie, Florida (January 27, 2010) — B&D Nutritional Ingredients, Inc. (B&D), a national leader in sales and marketing of premier raw materials essential to dietary supplement, food and personal care products, today announced a strategic distribution agreement with Unique BIOTECH USA® (Unique BIOTECH). Under the agreement, B&D Nutritional Ingredients will promote and distribute Unique IS-2™ a highly stable probiotic allowing formulation in a broad range of applications to meet the needs of functional foods and dietary supplements.

“Our partnership with Unique BIOTECH strengthens our raw-material portfolio. Unique IS-2 adds true business value and has strong synergy with the other product lines that we distribute," said Rob Carlstrom, vice president, new business development. "Unique BIOTECH's proven product will enable us to address the stability concerns currently in the market place. With Unique BIOTECH’s expertise in manufacturing, this partnership is a natural alliance that will benefit operations nationally.”

“We are pleased to partner with B&D Nutritional Ingredients to help companies leverage our resilient probiotic to help people live healthier lives,” said Jairo Escobar, Unique BIOTECH USA president. “Especially in today’s market, every enterprise must make the most out of its ingredients, as well as ensure that its products are implemented effectively.”

“Unique IS-2 is a powerful proprietary form of the revolutionary Bacillus coagulans strain of bacteria, which provides enormous health benefits with no known toxic side effects,” explains Escobar. “Bacillus coagulans has been proven effective in relieving a variety of digestive disorders, including flatulence, diarrhea, dyspepsia, lactose intolerance and constipation. It has also been shown to play an important role in cholesterol metabolism, due to its ability to convert cholesterol into a less absorbable form (coprostanol), thus hampering its absorption in the intestinal tract. In addition, it has positive effects on supporting the immune system.”

“For the nutraceutical industry, Unique IS-2 offers significant advantages over all other probiotic strains, states Escobar. “Because of its unique viability, resistance and exceptional shelf life—at least 90 percent survival of microorganisms over a period of three years at room temperature—this lactic acid-producing bacteria is the most practical strain available for use in supplements and other commercial applications. Its natural protective spores, which serve as an organic shield, not only make it highly resistant to stomach acid, allowing the microbes to reach the intestinal tract intact, but also to very high or low temperatures, facilitating its use in processes requiring heat or freezing, as in the food and pharmaceutical industries. The Bacillus coagulans strain successfully survives the stress of physical and mechanical operations required in the manufacturing and distribution processes. These characteristics make Unique IS-2 a highly stable product capable of delivering the maximum amount of probiotic microbes, with their full health benefits, to consumers of the supplements and/or food items that contain it. In addition, Unique BIOTECH’s non-invasive manufacturing process, known as StableBAC™, also adds to the viability of Unique IS-2.”

About Unique BIOTECH USA®
Unique BIOTECH USA and Unique BIOTECH Ltd., India provide probiotics to the global market and are passionate about their entrance into the U.S. market. Unique BIOTECH Ltd. has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that incorporates the most advanced technologies and quality systems that meet WHO and cGMP standards.

About B&D Nutritional Ingredients, Inc.
Founded in 1993 and based in Vista, California, B&D Nutritional Ingredients, Inc. (www.bdnutritional.com), is a national leader in sales and marketing of premier raw materials essential to the dietary supplement, functional food and personal care industries. B&D has a portfolio of products from leading manufacturers. These products are primarily natural antioxidants. B&D is active in several industry organizations representing the dietary supplement and personal care industries. Memberships include The Council for Responsible Nutrition and The Drug, Chemical and Allied Trades Association, Inc.
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