Xangold Sees Safety
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given GRAS approval to Xangold lutein esters, the newest of Cognis' antioxidant ingredients. The product is being offered for use in baked goods and baking mixes, beverages, frozen dairy desserts and mixes, processed fruit and vegetable products, egg products, breakfast cereals, dairy products and spreads.
Taking It To New York
Balchem Corporation, an encapsulator, has relocated its corporate headquarters to New Hampton, New York. The 20,000-square-foot building will accommodate expanded laboratories for research and development of product applications and space for customers to work in collaboration with Balchem technical application specialists.
In other news, Balchem has appointed Peter Zambetti as national sales director for nutrients. In the newly created position, Zambetti will manage the company's growing nutrients business segment, specifically the Vitashure ingredient line that contains encapsulated ingredients such as vitamins, botanicals, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, minerals and choline.
A Flavourful President Picked
Dr Dietrich Arntz has been selected as the new president of Degussa Flavors & Fruit Systems. Arntz joined the flavours operating unit in April 2001 as vice president of operations for the Flavors business line. He has held a number of positions within the group, including manufacturing director of production and technology of North America.
Diminicol Dons GRAS
Finnish company Teriaka has received GRAS status from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its cholesterol-lowering ingredient Diminicol. The company expects the move to strengthen its position in the US functional foods market. Diminicol contains plant sterols in what the company claims is a 'unique microcrystalline structure' that has been shown to significantly reduce cholesterol. The product, which is patented in the US and other markets, now can be used as an ingredient in foods, such as margarine and vegetable-based spreads, yoghurt products, milk-based juice drinks, cream cheese, snack bars and bread.
Lichota Joins Cardinal
Washington-based Cardinal Nutrition has hired Richard Lichota to manage the company's sales efforts in the Eastern US region. Lichota brings more than 30 years of sales, marketing and management experience to the position. The company says Lichota will add important technical and business skills to enhance support services to business partners.
DSM Sets Foot In China
The Dairy Ingredients Business Unit of DSM Food Specialties
has announced the opening of its first dedicated sales and customer service office in Beijing for expanded service throughout China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. The move is expected to increase DSM's presence in the Far East, enabling the company to be closer to its customers and ensure that their specific needs in the dairy industry are met. Barry Murphy, who has extensive experience in the dairy industry, has been appointed general sales manager for the region.
Carnitine Secures Patent
A new patent (US Patent #6,485,741) has been awarded to Biosint, the manufacturer and supplier of L-carnitine to sigma-tau HealthScience. The new product will be marketed as CarniShield B94, which provides a special coating to L-carnitine base (inner-salt) particles with specialised food grade granulating/bonding agents. The process results in a particle that is suitable for conversion into solid administration forms that require a high concentration of L-carnitine (up to 94 per cent), particularly in tablets. The resulting powder also is suitable for constituting the content of hard and soft gelatine capsules and for blended powders in sachets.
Arizona-based Herbally Yours, a private-label manufacturer of nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals, and provider of customised formulations and services, has opened its new manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters. The 20,000-square-foot facility houses sales and marketing, customer service, research and development, manufacturing, filling, labeling and packaging. The new facility is expected to allow the company to better serve its customer base with custom formulations, independent quality control, shelf-life studies and more. Among the products manufactured at the facility are liquid and encapsulated vitamins, minerals and botanical extracts, sports beverages and powders, effervescent products, therapeutic creams and lotions, aromatherapy and massage products and more.