Cognis Launches Xangold 8% Natural Lutein Esters in Water Dispersible Powder Ideal for Beauty from Within Foods and Supplements

June 29, 2008, New Orleans, La. – Cognis Nutrition & Health is launching Xangold® 8% WDP, kosher, natural lutein esters in a water-dispersible powder. Making its debut at the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in New Orleans, this new ingredient is ideal for the burgeoning market of “Beauty from Within” products. The new Xangold® 8% WDP can be used for quick blending into food and beverage formulations and in two-piece capsules. The entire portfolio of Xangold® ingredients is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for a wide spectrum of food categories.

“Xangold® will appeal to formulators in search of a natural ingredient with superior bioavailability and stability,” said Rob Bailey, Marketing Manager, Cognis Nutrition & Health. He explained that while marketers may be more familiar with its eye health benefits, compelling scientific research supports the skin-protective benefits of lutein esters. “Consumers want skincare products that deliver beauty benefits through nutrition fueling one of the hottest trends in the market. Lutein is a powerful beauty booster and Cognis is working diligently with our customers so this message resonates with consumers,” Bailey pointed out.

Based on scientific evidence, lutein:
• Helps improve skin hydration and elasticity
• Improves skin moisture
• Improves the skin’s natural ability to protect itself from sun exposure
• Helps to maintain skin’s healthy look and feel

Products containing Xangold® are allowed a natural label claim since the lutein esters are obtained from marigold flowers using a mild extraction process.

About Xangold® Natural Lutein Esters
Xangold® natural lutein esters are extracted from marigold flowers that are grown specifically for Cognis. Available in an oil suspension, micro-encapsulated and free-flowing powder, Xangold® is suitable for a variety of applications in foods and nutritional supplements. Xangold® was the first source of lutein to complete the GRAS notification process in January 2003. Research shows lutein esters are hydrolyzed and free lutein is readily absorbed.
For more information about Xangold® natural lutein esters or to place an order, visit, call 800.673.3702, e-mail [email protected], or fax 513.482.3576.

About Cognis:

Cognis ( is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 7,600 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, textiles, as well as agriculture and mining. The subsidiary Pulcra Chemicals offers specialized chemical products and process expertise to customers in the fiber, textile, and leather industries. Cognis also holds a 50-percent stake in the joint venture Cognis Oleochemicals, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of oleochemicals.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2007, Cognis recorded sales of about 3.52 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 410 million euros.


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