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Two new hires at IZZE
IZZE Beverage Co has hired Lance Gentry as director of marketing. Previously he was a marketing consultant for the Colorado company. IZZE also hired Madeleine Berenson as director of corporate communications. Previously she was a private consultant in the natural foods industry.

Syloid silicas on the rise
Grace Davison has opened a new production facility to produce its syloid silicas, in accordance with the GMP guidelines developed by the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council. The Maryland company is a global leader in silica material science and technology.

Green tea powerhouse
The purchase of Wuxi Green Power Bio-Product in China by Japanese firm Taiyo Kagaku has created the world?s largest green tea extract manufacturer. The new company, Taiyo Green Power, has selected Marco Hi-Tech in New York City to be its sales agent in the US. The new entity will also maintain the exclusive Chinese license to the Procter & Gamble patented solvent-free green tea processing technology.

New patent for Sensoril
Vermont-based NutraGenesis has received a second patent for its Sensoril compound, an anti-stress nutraceutical marketed as a bulk ingredient. Sensoril is derived from the Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera); it has been substantiated for structure/function claims in the areas of stress, anti-ageing, antioxidant, mental cognition, adaptogenic and immune support.

Croda doubles manufacturing
To meet demand for omega-3 and -6 lipids, Croda Health Care has more than doubled its manufacturing capacity at a new plant in Staffs, UK. Croda Health Care is a marketing division of Croda International, which employs more than 1,700 people.

Brian Dyson named chairman
Brian Dyson has been elected chairman of the board of PlusPharma. He is the president of Chatham International Corp, a private business consulting and investment firm. Dyson has been a PlusPharma investor and board member since 2000. His expanded role comes as the company?s consumer products subsidiary, Coromega Co, completes a new production facility and works to expand its omega-3 dietary supplement into new markets.

John Duris joins Pharmore
Pharmore Ingredients in Utah has named John Duris as its eastern US sales manager. Duris formerly held sales positions with BASF Corp, TAKEDA Vitamins & Foods, and EM Industries.

Tocotrienol oil extract
Carotech has been awarded a US Patent No 6,596,306 for a bio-enhanced full spectrum palm tocotrienol complex that guarantees increased bioavailability. A recent study showed the Tocomin SupraBio System was 200-300 per cent more bioavailable than conventional tocotrienol oil extracts. For more information, visit

MCTs earn Halal certification
Stepan Co?s Food & Health Specialties unit has announced that its NEOBEE line of medium-chain triglycerides has been certified as Halal by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America.

More land for Coleus forskohlii
More farmland in India is being dedicated for the growth of Coleus forskohlii plants, as demand for Sabinsa?s ForsLean ingredient has increased. Coleus forskohlii is the only plant known to contain forskolin, a compound that promotes increased lean body mass, and the key component in ForsLean. The ingredient is sold in 10, 20, 40 and 95 per cent concentrate powder for use in supplements and products.

Soy ingredient dons new name
Kyowa Hakko Kogyo, a subsidiary of Hyowa Hakko USA, has announced its GRAS ingredient SoyScience is the new trademarked name for CSPHP, a soy protein/phospholipids complex system that may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. The ingredient can be used in a wide range of food, beverage and supplement products.

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.

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 enthnomedicinal use, to identify compounds for the development of pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and functional food products. The companies both operate in compliance with the UN Convention of Biodiversity.

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 in the country. 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, and it is also certified Kosher. In 2003, it was named a Product Merit Award winner by Nutrition Business Journal.

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.

New leadership at Biopolymer
Steven Karel, the chief financial officer and chief operations officer of Biopolymer Engineering, has been named chief technology and operations officer. Prior to joining the Minnesota company, Karel worked as the CFO and COO of a wireless telecommunications company in the Ukraine. The company has also named Julie Streed, vice president of finance, as chief financial officer. She previously managed her own consulting business specializing in finance.

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 composition; the second is for hypoallergenic metal amino acid chelates and metal amino acid chelate-containing compositions.

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.

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.

Industry journal slated for ?05
Haworth Press plans to launch a new peer-reviewed journal called the Journal of Dietary Supplements (JDS). Edited by Shawn Talbott, PhD, of the University of Utah, it will publish its inaugural issue in spring 2005. It will take the place of the Journal of Nutraceuticals, Functional & Medical Foods and encompass areas larger than a traditional scientific journal to offer a voice for anyone with a stake in the supplements industry. The journal is inviting submissions related to dietary supplements. For subscription and submission information, visit

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.

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