Raisio opens research centres
Hoping to build upon its development of food, feed and functional foods ingredients, the Raisio Group has opened two new research centres: a nutritional research centre at the Viikki campus in Helsinki, and a food diagnostics research centre in the biocity of Turku, both in Finland. The company has also made two key hires at Raisio Nutrition: Annika Mayra-Makinen has been named senior vice president of R&D and Tarja Suomalainen is joining the team as a microbiologist.

Gaio tagatose enters markets
Two new markets have been approved for the low-calorie, low-glycaemic prebiotic sweetener Gaio tagatose: New Zealand and Australia. Supplied by SweetGredients—a joint venture between Arla Foods Ingredients and Nordzucker—the sweetener has already been approved by regulatory bodies in the US and Korea.

Lauds for immune-enhancer
The Japan Patent Office has presented its Intellectual Property Award to Amino Up Chemical Co for its immune-enhancing ingredient Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC). AHCC is derived from the hybridization of several mushroom species and is used in more than 700 medical centres in Japan. Quality of Life Labs is the exclusive US distributor of the ingredient.

Liaison offices open in China
BI Nutraceuticals has opened two offices in China, one in Shanghai and one in Beijing. The California-based ingredients supplier has named Klaus Schekahn, president of manufacturing, to spearhead the Chinese initiative.

Pact for arachidonic acid
Martek Biosciences and DSM Food Specialties have extended their agreement for the production and supply of arachidonic acid. Under the pact, the companies will increase production of ARA, and perform joint research and development to expand applications for ARA.

East meets West at J.O. Sims
UK fruit ingredients company J.O. Sims has named Dinter Trading as its new German principal. An international supplier from Eastern Europe, Dinter Trading will provide J.O. Sims with a range of frozen berry fruits.

Susan Bogar to lead bio group
An Ohio microbiology and analytical chemistry testing and consulting firm, Q Laboratories, has named Susan Bogar to the position of microbiology group leader. She will run day-to-day operations of the microbiology lab as well as coordinate client service activities.

Churning out the fish oil
Ocean Nutrition Canada has finished expanding its omega-3 fish oil concentrate production facility in Nova Scotia. The $10 million, 35,000 sq ft addition increases the company?s production capacity by more than 400 per cent, making ONC the largest manufacturer in the world of fish oil concentrate, the company says.

Nordic Naturals? blue ribbons
California-based Nordic Naturals has won four product awards for 2003. Health Products Business gave the company first place for its Detox Formula and second place for Omega Woman. Nutrition Business Journal awarded a Product Merit Award, citing the company?s use of non-endangered fish species; and the American Tasting Institute gave a 2003 Gold Medal Award for Best Tasting Cod Liver Oil.

Peter Zambetti joins Capsugel
Capsugel has hired Peter Zambetti as its new global business development manager for dietary supplements. Previously, Zambetti was the director of sales of microencapsulated food and dietary supplement ingredients at Balchem Encapsulates. A division of Pfizer, Capsugel?s product line includes a variety of capsules, as well as the manufacture of capsule filling and sealing equipment.

New marketing at Pharmachem
Pharmachem Laboratories is expanding its European network through a new marketing and sales directive with Acceptus Marketing. Pharmachem and its subsidiaries manufacture more than 1,000 ingredients, including Phase 2 Starch Neutralizer and AvailaMins.

Calcium citrate malate pact
Under a new agreement, Albion Advanced Nutrition will manufacture and supply calcium citrate malate for Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals? India operations. The ingredient will be used in a GSK product to be marketed through physician prescriptions in India. The agreement is for three years and is renewable.

Koen Van Praet leads Asia sales
Orafti Active Food Ingredients has recruited Koen Van Praet to be its new sales manager, responsible for Asia. He will be based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Van Praet has a master?s degree in bio-engineering and most recently worked in China at Invea Biotechnology Co as general manager.

Faurie named honorary prof
The head of R&D and quality control at Amino GmbH, a speciality amino-acid producer, has been named honorary professor for chemistry at the University of Hannover in Germany. With this honour, Dr Robert Faurie assumes the title of professor-doctor. Since 1997, Faurie has been a lecturer for quality management and biotechnology at the university, where his research has focused on biotechnology and technical biochemistry. He has worked at Amino, headquartered in Frellstedt, Germany, since 1991.

Kemin attains certifications
Kemin Foods in Iowa has attained ISO 9001:2000 certification from the international certification body Lloyd?s Register Quality Assurance for its Des Moines manufacturing facilities and administrative headquarters. In other news, the company?s FloraGLO Lutein 20% liquid in corn oil and 5% beadlets have passed testing by ConsumerLab.com. The testing affirmed the labeled amounts for the materials.

Riefler takes reigns at TIC
TIC Gums, a hydrocolloids manufacturer in Maryland, has named Scott Riefler as its new president. Previously he worked as vice president of sales. Former president Steve Andon, a member of the third generation of the family that founded the company, will now act as chief executive officer.

Dextrose certified as non-GMO
Penford Food Ingredients announces that its dextrose product, CanTab, has been certified as a non-genetically modified organism, in compliance with the European Union regulations for labelling and traceability of GMOs. This makes Penford the only recognized US manufacturer producing non-GMO dextrose in the US, the company says.
Third-party certification of the Colorado company?s product was conducted by Cert ID.

Chicory plant taking root in Chile
The Orafti Group has received approval from the environmental agency Conama to build a second chicory-extraction plant at Pemuco in the Bio Bio region of Chile. The plant will be built on a 180-hectare site in San Pedro, about 250m south of Santiago. The investment amounts to $204 million. An estimated 500 local farmers will be hired in the first phase to produce the tens of thousands of tonnes of chicory. Using hot-water extraction of the chicory root, the company will use the ingredients in its Raftline (inulin) and Raftilose (oligofructose) products. Products in the Chilean market containing inulin and oligofructose include Nestlé Svelty Diet Yoghurt and La Preferida light vienesas (sausages).

Independent dairies unite
A new co-processing partnership is uniting two of the Northeast US?s leading independent dairy operators. In July, Organic Valley Family of Farms began processing all four of its HTST white milks at the facilities of Guida?s Milk and Ice Cream, which were recently certified organic. The Organic Valley brand is now the top-selling organic milk across the Eastern seaboard, the company reports.

Changes under way at SourceOne
SourceOne Global Partners has signed an exclusive agreement with Douglas Laboratories in Pennsylvania to market Sytrinol, a cardiovascular support compound derived from citrus and palm fruit extracts. Clinical trials have shown Sytrinol reduces total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides by 25, 22 and 28 per cent, respectively. In a new strategic partnership, Soft Gel Technologies will exclusively manufacture soft gel capsules containing the compound. The company has also formed a new strategic advisory board comprised of Manfred Dunker, Tony DeLio, Najla Guthrie and Julliet Steffe.

Tutteli, Muksu change hands
Royal Numico NV has acquired leading Finnish baby food brands Tutteli and Muksu from Valio Group for $70.57 million. The acquisition excludes the production facilities. The two brands represent approximately $24.76 million in net sales and an operating income of $6.19 million. Royal Numico is a specialised nutrition company operating in more than 100 countries and employing approximately 11,000 people.

Fruit firms may swap hands
Frutarom Industries has entered into a letter of intent with International Flavors and Fragrances for the potential purchase of IFF?s fruit preparations businesses in Switzerland and Germany. The businesses manufacture processed fruit and other natural product preparations, and netted sales of about $90 million in 2003. Frutarom is a global company with manufacturing facilities in Israel, UK, US, Switzerland, Denmark, China and Turkey.

Sweet on safety
Briess Malt & Ingredient Co has received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Safety during 2003 from the Wisconsin Council of Safety. A total of 165 companies were nominated for the award. Briess ranked well below the national average in both categories of lost time for accidents and reportable accidents among its workers.

Two new hires at IZZE
IZZE Beverage Co has hired Madeleine Berenson as director of corporate communications. Previously she worked as a private consultant in the natural foods industry. IZZE also hired Lance Gentry as director of marketing. Previously he was a marketing consultant for the company. IZZE, founded in 2002 in Colorado, sells six sparkling juice beverages in top retailers across the US, such as Starbucks, 7-Eleven and Wild Oats Markets.

New patent for Sensoril
Vermont-based NutraGenesis has received a second patent for its Sensoril compound, an anti-stress nutraceutical marketed exclusively by the company as a bulk ingredient. The patent covers both the composition and extraction method. 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.

CLA earns GRAS status
Cognis Nutrition and Health?s Tonalin brand of conjugated linoleic acid has been self-affirmed as GRAS by a panel of independent experts. The panel found Tonalin is safe for use in yoghurt, meal replacement bars and drinks, fruit juices, chocolate, milk-based beverages and coffee cream substitutes. The ingredient is intended to help consumers lose body fat, maintain lean body mass, prevent fat regain and contribute to overall health.

John Duris joins Pharmore sales team
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. Pharmore is a leading supplier of joint care, B-vitamins and other chemicals in the dietary supplements and pharmaceutical industries.

Ferrochel marketing in Asia
Albion Advanced Nutrition and Microbio Co have entered into an exclusive agreement whereby Microbio will sell health food products containing Ferrochel (ferrous bisglycinate) in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao. In addition, Microbio has the rights to market these same types of products with all of Albion?s patented mineral amino acid chelates and complexes throughout Taiwan.

Sabinsa founder wins Medal of Honor
Dr. Muhammed Majeed, founder and CEO of Sabinsa Corp, was chosen by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The award, sanctioned by the US Congress, is presented to Americans of diverse origins to recognize their leadership, commitment and service to their own ethnic group and to American society. Dr. Majeed was born and raised in Kerala, India, emigrating to the US in 1975 after earning a degree in pharmacy. He has worked for top pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Carter Wallace, and earned a PhD in industrial pharmacy from St. John?s University in New York. He founded Sabinsa, a manufacturer and supplier of herbal extracts and speciality fine chemicals, in 1988.

Lonza Group welcomes new 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.

Amino acid update
Ajinomoto has published a revised and updated edition of the company?s handbook on amino acids. The Amino Acid Handbook contains detailed scientific information on such subjects as metabolism and nutrition, and includes a detailed reference section on individual amino acids. Copies can be ordered from its Belgium office at +32 10 48 32 22.

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