COLUMBIA, Md., Feb 14, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Martek Biosciences, a DHA omega-3 market leader, announced today that life'sDHA(TM) is now featured in three new flavors of baby food from Plum Organics. With DHA to support brain and eye development, flavors include pumpkin banana, mango muesli and black bean tomato ragout. The Plum Organics brand is available at a range of retailers nationwide.
"Martek is pleased to add Plum Organics to the growing list of companies committed to providing a trusted, vegetarian source of DHA for babies," said Joe Buron, vice president of marketing and sales for Martek. "More than 30 million infants worldwide have been fed products with Martek's nutritional oils, and now Plum Organics baby food with life'sDHA will help ensure that babies transitioning to solid foods continue to get enough DHA, a nutrient that is vital to brain and eye development."
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. DHA is important for healthy growth and development during the early stages of life when the brain, eyes and nervous system are growing and developing at a rate unlike any other time in the human lifecycle. Studies have shown that babies who receive DHA supplementation exhibit a range of advantages over those who did not receive DHA supplementation, including cognitive and visual benefits. Yet despite its importance, Americans have among the lowest dietary intakes of DHA omega-3 in the world.
Fish are often thought to be the only source of DHA omega-3. However, life'sDHA offers a trusted, vegetarian form of DHA that contains no oceanic pollutants and toxins. Fish are good sources of DHA because of the DHA-rich microalgae in their food chain; life'sDHA is derived from microalgae and produced in an FDA-inspected facility from start to finish using a sustainable source that does not deplete ocean resources. life'sDHA is found in numerous foods, beverages and supplements for people of all ages. It is also the only source of DHA used in U.S. infant formula and is available in more than 90 percent of the formulas on the U.S. market.
Founded in 2005 by mom and entrepreneur Gigi Lee Chang, Plum Organics is the leading frozen organic baby food brand in the nation. Plum Organics is dedicated to offering the finest, best tasting and healthiest organic foods for babies, toddlers and children. The brand offers health-conscious parents 12 USDA Organic-certified fruit, vegetable and protein-based flavors in Stages One (6+ months), Two (9+ months) and Three (12+ months). Made from the highest-quality organic ingredients and flash frozen to preserve flavor, nutrients and texture, Plum Organics' two-packs of convenient 4-oz servings are available nationwide at Wild Oats, Whole Foods, Wegman's and natural food retailers. For more information, please visit www.PlumOrganics.com.
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, 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 (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. For a complete list of life'sDHA products, visit www.lifesdha.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, 2007 and other filed reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-K/A, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.