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Biopolymer names new VP
Donald Cox has joined Biopolymer Engineering as vice president of research and development in the commercial group. He will develop commercial applications for the company?s immune support products. Previously, he worked as business development manager of food and ingredients for DKSH North America.

Nutrition award submissions
DSM is inviting submissions for its second Human Nutrition Award, which recognizes a scientist?s innovative research in the field of human nutrition, with emphasis on naturally occurring dietary bioactive compounds. The award is worth E25,000 and the deadline is May 31. For guidelines, visit

New R&D director
EcoNugenics in California has appointed John Guardino as director of research and development. Previously, Guardino served as staff mycologist and manufacturing supervisor for an exotic mushroom and nutraceutical company in northern California. He was also senior research technologist at Pennsylvania State University where he studied toxigenic fungi. He holds a master?s degree in phytopathology from Penn State.

Rebranding in South Africa
Global renewable ingredients company Tate & Lyle has bought leading South African food ingredients company Dolcr?. Dolcr? will begin a rebranding process to change its name to Tate & Lyle South Africa, and will trade under the Tate & Lyle brand. Dolcr? has been buying ingredients and delivering tailor-made food systems to the South African market for the past eight years.

An Applephenon a day now GRAS
Applephenon, a highly concentrated natural source of polyphenols extracted from unripe apples, has received full GRAS certification. Distributed in North America by A.M. Todd Co, Applephenon is produced using a patented process developed by Asahi in Japan. It is currently being used as an ingredient in antioxidant fruit-based beverages and a line of children?s vitamins.

ISO certification
Blue California is one of the first ingredients suppliers in North America to be certified to the new ISO 9001:2000 quality management standard. The ISO 9000 series of international standards for quality management is one of the more widely known of the 13,000 standards published by the International Organization for Standardization. The company will be sponsoring a scientific seminar by macular pigment researcher John Landrum at SupplyExpo West 2005 on March 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Cargill ups stake in Romania
With the acquisition of Olpo Podari, Cargill is increasing its stake in the Romanian edible oils market; the company already controls about 10 per cent of Romania?s silo capacity after the acquisition of Comcereal earlier this year. The latest acquisition allows the company to move into the local market for oilseed crushing and refining. Olpo is presently constructing a new crushing line that will increase the factory?s capacity to 1,200 tonnes per day, making it one of the largest oil factories in southeast Europe. Olpo can currently process up to 600 tonnes of seeds daily.

New offices for SourceOne
SourceOne Global Partners has moved to larger corporate headquarters in Chicago, due to its ?incredible year of growth? for its cholesterol-health compound Sytrinol. Earlier this year, the company announced a new agreement to become exclusive marketer of the Ginkgo Group?s Ginnovay family of cardiovascular compounds. In other news, the company has appointed Chris Holland as its national account manager. Holland previously worked at Cognis.

Ribus goes organic
Ribus is now offering its rice bran ingredients as organically certified and NOP compliant. Used in many food categories, the rice bran is also available in a specific formula for cosmetics and personal care products. Ribus technology produces a fine rice bran extract in powder form that is soluble in water and easily mixes with other ingredients, the Missouri company reports.

New CFO at Forbes
Forbes Medi-Tech in British Columbia has appointed David Goold as chief financial officer. Previously, he was vice president and chief financial officer of Vizon SciTec.

Lycomato earns GRAS
LycoRed Natural Products Industries has announced that its LycoMato Powder has been self-affirmed GRAS for use in functional foods. The powder contains lycopene plus other beneficial tomato phytonutrients including other carotenoids and tocopherols. These antioxidants, acting in synergy with lycopene, helps support the cardiovascular system and prostate health, as well as prevents DNA damage, the Israeli company reports. The powder can also act as a natural red colourant in foods.

Vitamins for tsunami relief
Hero Nutritionals has donated thousands of its Yummi Bears gummy multi-vitamins to the Vitamin Angel Alliance?s tsunami relief effort in Southeast Asia. The alliance, in conjunction with its sister organisation, Direct Relief International, has teams of medical personnel on the ground in devastated areas of Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Hero Nutritionals produces a variety of nutritional supplements for children, tweens, adults and diabetics.

CRN appoints chairman, board
The Council for Responsible Nutrition has elected a chairman, E Charles Brice; he most recently served as the association?s chair-elect from 2002-2004. Brice will work with 24 other member company representatives on the board of directors, including new officers Mike Doyle of BASF; Marjorie Fine of Shaklee Corp; Mark LeDoux of Natural Alternatives International; Byron Johnson of Access Business Group/Nutrilite; and Annette Dickinson, who will remain on the board as CRN president until her retirement this spring.

DSHEA learning online
AIBMR Life Sciences has launched an online regulatory compliance course at The program is designed to provide knowledge of Food and Drug Administration regulations for dietary supplements under DSHEA.

GRAS for grape extracts
Polyphenolics, a division of Constellation Wines, has expanded GRAS status of its MegaNatural Gold Grape Seed Extract and MegaNatural GSKE Grape Pomace Extract for use in a wide variety of foods. Both products are used in supplements for their antioxidant properties and their synergistic relationship with vitamins C and E.

Chinese Medicine research
Sunwin International Nutraceuticals, a leader in Chinese herbs, veterinary medicines and low-calorie natural sweeteners, has entered into a partnership with Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sunwin will set up a fund at Shandong University, with an initial investment of $360,000, to support research for the development of new medicines.

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