New product manager
BI Nutraceuticals has hired Megan Labun as a product manager for the company's extracts and value-added ingredients business units. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing management from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.
Quality upgrades in China
Because of recent concerns about imported ingredients from China, Pharmline of New York has implemented the most rigid Quality Assurance and Vendor Compliance Monitoring to date, restarting operations at its Shanghai facility in April. The new unit is headed by Fang Ping, who received her master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Nanjing University of Science and Technology. The company plans to conduct regular GMP audits of its top vendors, environmental audits and regular Web meetings with Vendor Quality Control departments.
Zerose earns EU approval
Cargill's polyol sweetener Zerose erythritol has become an officially approved sweetener and food additive in all 27 EU member states. Compared with other polyols, Zerose erythritol has zero calories and is tooth friendly. Because erythritol does not raise blood glucose or insulin levels, it serves as a sugar alternative for the growing number of people with diabetic and pre-diabetic conditions, Cargill says.
Cocoa sustainability director hired
Alain Fredericq is the new director of global business development and sustainability programmes for ADM Cocoa. He will report to Mark Bemis, vice president of cocoa, malt and milling.?In this newly created position, Fredericq will use his extensive West African and chocolate market experience to enhance ADM Cocoa's business development and sustainability efforts. Fredericq earned a degree in food engineering from INA-PG and an MBA from INSEAD, both in France. He is secretary and treasurer of the World Cocoa Foundation and serves on the steering committee of the Sustainable Tree Crops Program.
Oral-insulin firm incorporated
Natreon has incorporated Puredel, a company aimed at developing oral insulin and other targeted-release compounds. Puredel is a newly formed joint venture with CM&D Pharma, a European niche-speciality company, and plans to develop targeted-release products based on Natreon's proprietary delivery platform, NATSOM. The platform uses a series of natural compounds to allow large molecular weight molecules to be absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract.
Strategic collaboration for fruit flavours
Blue Pacific Flavors has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with The Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand, more commonly known as HortResearch. Blue Pacific creates natural and organic-compliant fruit flavours and sweet-flavour delivery to a wide range of food applications. The California company recently opened a plant in Suzhou, China. HortResearch is a leader in integrated fruit research, using fruit, plants and sustainable production systems to provide novel technologies, and innovative fruit and food products.
CardiaBeat in the UK
Enzymotec has teamed up with BioCare to extend its CardiaBeat market into the UK. BioCardio, featuring Enzymotec's CardiaBeat, is now available in the practitioner channel, offering healthcare specialists a product for cardiovascular health. CardiaBeat is a matrix that delivers conjugated plant sterols to omega-3 fatty acids. It won the 2007 NutrAward prize and has gained GRAS, NDI and novel food approval in the EU. BioCare is an independent professional supplements company.