Company news - July/August 2010

Safety of eggshell calcium
A new study on ESC (Eggshell Calcium), a branded ingredient of ESM Technologies, showed that lead levels in the ingredient were more than 50 times lower than the California Prop 65 standard, and more than 1,000 times lower than US Pharmacopeia limits for nutritional supplements. The other metals of mercury, arsenic and cadmium were 50 to 450 times lower than the Prop 65 threshhold. ESC is one of nature's most absorbable forms of calcium and has been clinically proven to increase bone density. It naturally combines calcium carbonate with inherent transport proteins for maximum absorption, and contains essential trace minerals for increasing bone mineral density.


Fast, reliable microbial testing
BioLumix has developed a system that provides specialised technology, instrumentation, software and vials for microbiological testing. It is designed to accelerate product release with a simplified and automated approach, yielding fast, accurate results while reducing costs. Real-time results are automated, and a certificate of analysis is generated within 48 hours. The technology is validated against USP methods, with 21 CFR Part 11-complicant software.


Manitoba hemp wins awards
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils earned the 2010 Best New Product Award and the 2010 Company of the Year Award from the Manitoba Food Processors Association in May. The product award was for its new Hemp PRO-70 protein powder, which is the world's first water-soluble hemp protein concentrate. Hemp PRO 70 provides a boost of protein and other key nutrients, and because it is water soluble and has a nongritty mouthfeel and virtually no flavour, it blends easily into beverages and liquid-based foods and recipes. In addition to Hemp PRO-70 and the rest of its line of nutritious hemp foods, the company unveiled Hemp Bliss organic hemp milk at the Canadian Health Food Association Expo West in Vancouver in mid-May. Hemp Bliss is the only organic hemp milk on the market.


Biotech hub opens in Missouri
Soy Labs joined with Missouri state and federal dignitaries recently to break ground on the Missouri Plant Science Center (MPSC) in Mexico, Missouri. The center will serve as a biotechnology hub for companies, like Soy Labs, to perform cutting-edge research and perfect manufacturing processes for ingredients and finished products. The MPSC will be a shared-use facility offering companies office space, wet and dry research laboratories, and manufacturing equipment to process soybeans and other plant-based material. The center will allow companies with commercially viable, plant-sourced products to prove their concepts and develop novel manufacturing methods to bring the products to market. Soy Labs will be the anchor and managing tenant of the 25,000-square-foot facility.

Frost & Sullivan honours Valensa
Valensa International of Florida is the recipient of a 2009 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement for its work in developing the global eye-health market. Based on its analysis, Frost & Sullivan said that Valensa has expanded the market for astaxanthin as an eye-health ingredient. The award cited the holding of the Tso Patent and Valensa's approach to developing formulations using astaxanthin and other ingredients as the key to its success.

NOW honored for export success
US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today presented NOW International, the export division of NOW Foods, with the highest Presidential award for significant growth in exports over the past three years. The "E Star" award was presented in a ceremony at the Department of Commerce Building in Washington DC. Founded in 1968, NOW Foods is an award-winning manufacturer of more than 1,500 natural dietary supplements, sports nutrition and personal care products, and health foods. The company's employs more than 500 people and its products are sold in more than 70 countries.


Freeze-drying firm revamps website
Canagra Technologies of Saskatoon, Canada, has recently launched its website at, to promote its services as a leading provider of custom/toll freeze-drying services in Western Canada, with capacity of up to 500kg per batch. Canagra meets several industry standards including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 22000, HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), and FDA Certified as a manufacturing facility under the Bioterrorism Act regulations.

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