GTC Nutrition, a business unit of Corn Products International, Inc., today announced that that it has formed a strategic alliance with Ganeden Biotech, Inc., a Cleveland-based consumer healthcare company and manufacturer of patented strains of probiotics.
Through the alliance, the companies plan to work together to innovate in the development of prebiotic and probiotic ingredients, key ingredients for healthy digestive and immune systems.
The alliance underscores the companies' shared vision of improving quality of life through innovative food ingredient solutions. A combination of GTC Nutrition's scientific and technical expertise in the area of prebiotic fiber ingredients and Ganeden Biotech's leadership in probiotic products and supplements will accelerate the development and distribution of highly effective ingredient combinations and end-product development in support of digestive and immune health.
Andrew Lefkowitz, Ganeden's President and CEO, commented: "Partnering with an industry leader such as GTC Nutrition will enable us to broaden the applications of GanedenBC30 into more functional foods and beverages, nutraceuticals and animal health applications. The experience, knowledge and high standard of quality that GTC Nutrition brings to the digestive health market further supports our commitment to provide superior formulations to our given markets."
Probiotics are "good for you" bacteria that are similar to the good bacteria found naturally in the body's digestive tract that can support healthy digestive and immune systems. Prebiotics serve as food for probiotics. A prebiotic is a non-digestible carbohydrate that works in the intestines to nourish and stimulate the growth of the good bacteria, which in turn helps to maintain a healthy digestive environment. Prebiotics and probiotics work synergistically to maintain healthy digestion and support immune system strength.
"We are excited to partner with a healthcare company that shares a vision of improving quality of life through healthy ingredient fortification," said Patrick Smith, president of GTC Nutrition. "By integrating our unique strengths, we will accelerate our business and growth opportunities by capitalizing on the unique opportunities and synergies that these innovative ingredients provide."
About GTC Nutrition
GTC Nutrition is a recognized leader in providing innovative, customized ingredient solutions along with scientific, technical and marketing expertise to the food processing, dietary supplement and animal feed industries. GTC Nutrition promotes health globally with innovative functional food ingredients and unsurpassed customer support. For more information, visit gtcnutritionsolutions.com.
About Corn Products International
Corn Products International is one of the world's largest corn refiners and a major supplier of high-quality food ingredients and industrial products derived from the wet milling and processing of corn and other starch-based materials. The Company, headquartered in Westchester, IL., is a leading worldwide producer of dextrose and a major regional producer of starch, high fructose corn syrup and glucose. In 2007, Corn Products International reported record net sales and diluted earnings per share of $3.4 billion and $2.59, respectively. The Company has operations in 15 countries at 35 plants, including wholly owned businesses, affiliates and alliances. For more information, visit cornproducts.com.
About Ganeden Biotech
Founded in 1996, Ganeden Biotech Inc. is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and is the largest seller of over-the-counter probiotics in the U.S. through its Digestive Advantage(R) and Sustenex(TM) brands. It also licenses its patented probiotic bacteria, GanedenBC30, for use in commercial food and beverage applications, medical foods, nutriceuticals and in animal health industries. GanedenBC30 is self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by an independent panel assembled to assess its safety in use as a food ingredient. For more information about licensing opportunities visit ganedenlabs.com and for probiotic supplement information visit digestiveadvantage.com or sustenex.com.