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Keeping up with Co-Q10
Kaneka Corp of Osaka, Japan, is building an $80 million plant in Texas to keep up with growing demand for co-Q10. To be completed by spring 2006, it will have an initial annual production capacity of 100 metric tonnes. To service the new plant, Kaneka established a wholly owned subsidiary, Kaneka Nutrients, this past summer.

Lonza Group welcomes CEO
Stefan Borgas has been appointed chief executive officer of the Lonza Group, based in Switzerland. Previously, Borgas worked for 15 years with the BASF Group, in a variety of positions in Ireland, China, the US and Germany. He holds an MBA from the University of St Gallen.

Plant search in the Andes
Colorado-based Unigen Pharmaceuticals has entered into a collaboration agreement for plant collection and product development with Inca Health, an agro-industrial company based in Lima, Peru. The two firms will work with indigenous tribes to collect native plants from the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and the Andes mountains that have a history of enthno medicinal use. The companies both operate in compliance with the UN Convention of Biodiversity.

Patents pending for chelates
Albion Advanced Nutrition in Michigan has two new patents pending. The first is for non-GMO metal amino acid chelates and non-GMO metal amino acid chelate-containing compositions; the second is for hypoallergenic metal amino acid chelates and metal amino acid chelate-containing compositions.

Japan approves Regenasure
Cargill Acidulants? Regenasure glucosamine ingredient has been approved as a food by the Japan Health and Welfare Labor Ministry, allowing sales to begin immediately. It has also been approved for use in the UK for all applications currently using glucosamine. Regenasure is the first commercially available non-animal, corn-derived glucosamine.

Chr Hansen expands in China
In late 2004, Chr Hansen will open a food colour factory in Tianjin, China, using Chinese raw materials tailor-mixed for the Asian marketplace. The company will also be able to produce monascus, which has been used for centuries in the local food industry. Other traditional food colours, such as red lac, derived from the insect Laccifera lacca, may be offered.

Vitamin E factory opens
DSM has opened the world?s largest vitamin E plant in Sisseln, Switzerland, with a capacity of 25,000 tonnes per year. The company?s vitamin E is available as tocopherol or tocopheryl acetate; as oil; or in several different types of solid product forms, for feed, food, pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical use.

Enzymotec picks Buckton Scott
Buckton Scott Nutrition, the US office of England-based Buckton Scott Group, has been named the US distributor for Enzymotec?s line of ingredients. Among the Israeli company?s offerings is carDiabeat, a combination of structured active lipids designed to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides; and InFat, a structured fat that mimics breast milk fat.

Promotion at LycoRed
The LycoRed Group has promoted Scott M Larkin to vice president of sales and marketing for North America. Larkin formerly worked as director of marketing. The company is based in Beer Sheva, Israel.

Danisco buys Rhodia Foods
Danisco has taken over Rhodia Food Ingredients for $365 million. As part of the integration, a new product division, Danisco Cultures, has been created, under the leadership of Fabienne Saadane-Oaks. Other Rhodia activities will be integrated into the Specialities, Textural Ingredients and Functional Systems divisions.

Fortitech expansion continues
Fortitech plans to invest more than $9 million in facility expansions and equipment to meet rising demand for nutritional premixes. The firm recently spent nearly $1 million to increase manufacturing capacity at its Schenectady, New York, headquarters.

New president at Cardinal
Cardinal Nutrition, the world?s leading manufacturer of methylsulfonylmethane, has hired David A Lakey as its president. He has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the nutraceuticals and consumer products industry. He holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

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