Company News: Pro-X Nutraceuticals, DSM, SoluBlend, Aker Biomarine, Solbar, Vita-Tech

Company News: Pro-X Nutraceuticals, DSM, SoluBlend, Aker Biomarine, Solbar, Vita-Tech

Company news for the December 2010 issue of Functional Ingredients, including Pro-X Nutraceuticals, DSM, SoluBlend Technologies, Aker Biomarine Antarctic, Solbar USA and Vita-Tech International.

DSM’s CEO wins award from UN
Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM DV, received the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the United Nations Association for DSM’s partnership with the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP). Over the past few years, DSM has maintained a strategic partnership with the WFP to address the problems of malnutrition in the developing world. The partnership, called Improving Nutrition – Improving Lives, has helped approximately two million people across Nepal, Kenya, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to obtain proper nutrition. Previous recipients include Kofi Annan, former secretary general of the UN, and Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland.

New analytical lab, technical team
Nutritional products private-label manufacturer Vita-Tech International has added to its manufacturing capacity, analytical laboratory services and a technical team. The company now offers the West Coast’s largest capacity for the continuous coating of vitamins and nutraceuticals, the company said.  Founded in Tustin, California, with its laboratory pharmaceutically licensed by the FDA since 1954, Vita-Tech manufactures tablets, two-piece capsules and powders for the global nutritional-products industry.

Improved stability for fatty acids
SoluBlend Technologies has expanded its proprietary water-soluble capabilities to provide higher levels of stability for functional foods and beverages, notably in affording fatty acids protection from oxidization. The new capabilities now provide three levels of fatty-acid stability: The first level provides clarity and solubility; the second adds a functional component that provides a higher level of overall fatty-acid stability; and the third is based on a breakthrough discovery related to the oxidation of fatty acids by altering a previously unknown pathway of free radical formation, thereby increasing shelf-life endurance of the finished product. In testing, SoluBlend’s water-soluble lipids yield a significant oxidation resistance greater than 75 percent over control.

Manufacturer earns GMP cert
Pro-X Nutraceuticals, a contract and private-label manufacturer in Irvine, Calif., has obtained Good Manufacturing Practices certification from the Natural Products Association (NPA), earning an “A” rating. Pro-X began the certification process about a year ago.  During that time, the company invested approximately $1.5 million into facility upgrades including an in-house, state-of-the-art analytical testing lab.  “We decided to seek the GMP certification through the NPA because we felt that its certification program was the most valuable in the dietary-supplements manufacturing industry,” said president Mohammad Khalid.

Study reveals krill profile
A new study provides detailed characterization of the phospholipid fatty-acids profile of Superba Krill Oil, by Aker BioMarine Antarctic. It was published in the journal Lipids.  Superba provides the majority of its omega-3 fatty acids in the form of phospholipids, whereas other common marine oils contain omega-3 fatty acids in the form of tri-glycerides or ethyl esters. The study demonstrated that a total of 69 choline-containing phospholipids were present in Superba. The majority of the phospholipids contained omega-3 fatty acids, with 10 percent containing omega-3s at both positions. These results demonstrate the complexity of the phospholipid composition of krill oil, the company said. 

Soy production plant acquired
Solbar Industries’ subsidiary, Solbar USA, has completed the acquisition of the Green Planet Farms plant to produce soy protein isolates in South Sioux City, Neb., for approximately $7.75 million. The Green Planet Farms plant, which specializes in production of soy processing, was built in 2008 and includes new assembly lines and modern equipment and technology to produce soy-protein isolate at the highest quality.

Probiotics win magazine award
Better Nutrition magazine has given two products by Jarrow Formulas a 2010 “Best of Supplements” Award. The winning products are Ideal Bowel Support 299v, a clinically validated probiotic for healthy GI function, and Fem Dophilus, the only oral probiotic clinically documented to maintain a healthy vaginal flora and reduce the risk of urogenital infections. Ideal Bowel Support contains Probi’s proprietary probiotic strain Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (Lp299v), which has been shown in trials to survive and colonize the digestive tract to alleviate intestinal discomfort. Fem Dophilus features the world’s most documented probiotic strains for women’s health, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14.

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