Cognis Launches 3 Natural, Non-GMO Health Ingredients at SupplySide West

Oct. 18, 2006, Las Vegas – At the SupplySide West trade show, dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers discovered the benefits of three new, non-GMO natural health ingredients Cognis is launching:
• Covi-ox® T-95 EU natural mixed tocopherols
• Vegapure® F40 WDP E water dispersible natural plant sterols
• Xangold® 20% natural lutein ester beadlets

“These three ingredients speak to the versatility and value our customers demand for health ingredients being used in a rapidly growing spectrum of dietary supplements and functional foods,” said Christine Peggau, Senior Marketing Manager, Cognis Nutrition & Health. “The days of one-size-fits-all are long gone. As a supplier, it is our responsibility to keep a pulse on what products consumers prefer, while constantly innovating to find the ingredients that work well in those applications. The first step is identifying health-enhancing ingredients backed by credible science. The challenge is then to help our customers incorporate those ingredients into the finished products. Building on decades of experience, we have the track record to know what works and what doesn’t.”

One area that remains strong for Cognis is antioxidants with consumer research showing solid interest especially in ingredients that are of natural origin. Cognis’ new ingredients are derived from natural, non-GMO sources so they can be used in products sold worldwide. Ms. Peggau explained that these natural ingredients provide outstanding product development opportunities because they address consumer health concerns associated with such areas as the heart, eyes, and immunity while contributing to overall healthy aging.

Covi-ox® T-95 EU natural mixed tocopherols

Cognis’ new Covi-ox® T-95 EU is the highest potency natural mixed tocopherol ingredient available. Specifically developed to meet the expanding range of global applications for dietary supplements and functional foods, Covi-ox® T-95 EU is targeted at formulators and brand marketers looking to increase the mixed tocopherol content of their products as efficiently as possible. Cognis also offers
Covi-ox® T-95, for those companies not requiring non-GMO ingredients.

Covi-ox® natural mixed tocopherols are highly effective antioxidants used in a broad range of foods to protect against oxidation and extend shelf life. They offer a natural way to preserve a food’s flavor, aroma and color. Demand is also growing for Covi-ox® natural mixed tocopherols in dietary supplements as an alternative to traditional alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) ingredients.

Vegapure® F40 WDP E natural plant sterols

Vegapure® F40 WDP E is the newest ingredient to join the world’s most extensive line of natural plant sterols and sterol esters. This water dispersible free sterol ingredient is non-GMO and can be used in dietary supplements and functional foods, especially beverages and foods with high water content.
Vegapure® phytosterols are the ideal choice for cholesterol-lowering products and are supported by dozens of clinical trials. Cognis offers co-branded consumer marketing support under the Heart Choice™ name.

Xangold 20% natural lutein ester beadlets
Cognis’ customers can now double the lutein ester content of their tablets and capsules without increasing the size of their finished products with the new Xangold® 20% ingredient. Small is big among consumers who prefer easy-to-swallow pills. The small particle size also has exceptional tableting properties.

Cognis is the leading supplier of lutein esters to the human nutrition industry. The body naturally hydrolizes the lutein esters into lutein, which is absorbed into the bloodstream. Xangold® natural lutein esters are extracted from marigolds grown especially for Cognis.

About Cognis:
Cognis (www.cognis.com) 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 8,000 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 company holds a 50-percent stake in the joint venture Cognis Oleochemicals, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of oleochemicals.
Cognis is indirectly owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2005, Cognis recorded sales of 3.18 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and exceptional items) of 356 million euros.

Cognis Nutrition and Health, a business unit of Cognis Group, offers one of the industry’s largest portfolios of natural-source, non-GM, health-enhancing ingredients for dietary supplements, functional foods, medical nutrition, pharmaceutical and healthcare products. As a global supplier, Cognis partners with industry leaders to provide science-backed products to meet today’s most pressing consumer health needs. Cognis also manufactures emulsifiers, emulsifier-based compounds, and numerous other specialty products for the food industry worldwide.

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