Lacey, WA – July 1, 2005 – In response to a consumer call for the safest and healthiest skin care and functional food and beverage products available today Aloecorp, Inc., the world’s leading vertically integrated supplier of bioactive Aloe vera raw materials, recently applied for and received Organic Certification status for its aloe plantations and processing facilities in Lyford, Texas and Gonzalez, Mexico.
“More and more consumers are buying organic, and that is a trend that will continue to grow,” says Walt Jones, Aloecorp’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Though many non-organic products remain safe for internal and external use, Aloecorp remains committed to meeting our customers’ needs and producing the highest quality products available on the market.” He added, “It’s a good product for people who want to avoid pesticides and herbicides for any number of health reasons, particularly those with chemical sensitivities.” Jones indicated that many of Aloecorp’s long-term customers are now requesting the company’s organic product line in order to meet customer expectations that organics are here to stay.
Jones indicated that it takes a minimum of three years of cultivating the harvests and land organically and without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and a commitment to continue in such a manner thereafter on an ongoing basis, in order to seek Organic Certification.
The Organic Certification was awarded by BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH, an independent, internationally recognized organic inspection and certification organization located in Nuremberg, Germany. Aloecorp’s organic Aloe vera raw material ingredients are Organically Certified for use in food and dietary supplement products on a worldwide basis in such markets as the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. This includes its ACTIValoe™ and Certified Plus® gel and whole leaf powder products.
In addition, Aloecorp recently received renewal of its Kosher Certification for the sixth year in a row. Certification was provided by Kosher Supervision of America, the largest recognized and accepted Orthodox Kosher Certification agency based in the western U.S. representing hundreds of thousands of Kosher consumers.
According to Jones, “Kosher is a Hebrew term, which literally means that a food is ‘fit’ or ‘acceptable.’ For this reason, maintaining the integrity and status of Aloecorp’s Kosher Certified products is of the utmost importance.” Aloecorp offers a Kosher Certified line of its ACTIValoe™ and Certified Plus® whole leaf powder and gel extracts.
Jones commended his Texas and Mexico Operations, Manufacturing, Quality Control and Quality Assurance teams for spearheading both the Organic Certification and Kosher Certification processes.
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Aloecorp, Inc. (www.aloecorp.com) and sister company Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (www.unigenpharma.com) are subsidiaries of Univera, Inc. Unigen and Aloecorp each focus on identifying and studying the unique ingredients of medicinal botanicals (Aloecorp’s focus is on Aloe vera) and then formulating proprietary raw materials for use in cosmeceutical, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products.
Aloecorp is a multinational company providing research-proven, bioactive Aloe vera ingredients to world markets. Aloecorp’s corporate philosophy is to “bring the best of nature to mankind,” and does so with its bioactive, standardized Aloe vera that guarantees 10% polysaccharides by weight, and is clinically proven to enhance the activity of Native Aloe gel. Since its inception in 1988, Aloecorp has been the world’s leading vertically integrated supplier of raw Aloe vera materials. All of Aloecorp’s raw Aloe vera materials have been scientifically tested for biological activity, certified pure by the International Aloe Science Council, and clinically supported in published, peer-reviewed studies. Aloecorp provides raw Aloe vera materials to finished goods manufacturers in the nutritional and dietary supplement, functional food, cosmeceutical, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. Aloecorp, ACTIValoe™, and all associated logos are registered trademarks of Aloecorp in the United States and other countries. Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has granted Aloecorp an exclusive licensing agreement to use its patented processes to manufacture ACTIValoe™.
Walt Jones, V.P. of Sales and Marketing