BI Nutraceuticals' Pontiakos Invited to Speak on Sourcing Strategies at Natural Products Expo Asia

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 2, 2008 - BI Nutraceuticals, the leading supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for 30 years, today announced that its president and CEO, George Pontiakos, has been invited to present, "An Overview of Asia's Organic and Herbal Ingredient Market: Sourcing Strategies in China," at Natural Products Expo Asia, running June 26 - 28 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exposition Centre. Pontiakos will speak on Thursday, June 26 from 4:15 to 4:50 p.m. about the changing climate of the Asian natural ingredient market, specifically the growing popularity of herbal and organic categories. He will also provide insight into organic farming and certification practices within the United States.

"With production facilities in both the United States and China, BI has a unique dual-perspective on the most effective sourcing strategies, manufacturing processes and sterilization methods employed by suppliers on each end of the international supply chain," states George Pontiakos, President and CEO of BI Nutraceuticals.

As president and CEO of BI Nutraceuticals, Pontiakos oversees the company's worldwide operations. BI has manufacturing and processing facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Long Island, NY, Boonton, NJ and Suzhou and Shanghai, China. Pontiakos has held senior leadership positions at several leading consulting, medical services and technology companies including Monovasia, which he founded, Oluma, Lucent, Agere, Ortel, NetVantage and Timeplex. He has wide-ranging experience in scaling geographically dispersed global companies to maximize their ability to successfully compete in the marketplace. �Pontiakos holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey. �

About BI Nutraceuticals:
BI Nutraceuticals, with facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Long Island, NY, Boonton, NJ and Suzhou and Shanghai China, is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including whole herb powders and teas, standardized and drug ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metal, pesticide and irradiation testing. All herbal powder ingredients are also tested under the company's Identilok(R) species identification process. The company has also developed a proprietary process, UltraHD(R), which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. Additionally, BI Nutraceuticals offers steam sterilization via the company's Protexx HP(R) process. For more information visit

About Expo Asia:
Natural Products Expo Asia,, is Asia's leading conference featuring a series of seminar programs that focus on the natural and organic sectors of the international marketplace. Expo Asia offers a dynamic educational program featuring the following tracks: Legislation and Regulations; Global Supply Sourcing; Trends and Innovations; Organic Segment; and Fair Trade.

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