RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA – BiolutTM S.A. de C.V. of Mexico has appointed Blue California, an ingredient manufacturer in Southern California, as the exclusive distributor of its lutein (marigold extract) product line.
Cecilia McCollum, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, states, “We are very excited to be the exclusive distributor for the Biolut lutein ester product line. Our partnership will allow us to offer our industry a more bio-available lutein, extremely competitive pricing, technical support, and quick turnaround. Blue California will offer lutein 45% powder, 20% oil and 5% beadlets, all on ‘free’ lutein equivalent basis, with other lutein products planned for the near future.”
Mike Gibson, Ph.D., Commercial Manager-Nutritionist at Biolut USA, shares a bit of his company’s background. “Our company has more than 40 years’ experience in the production and applications of natural carotenoids. We have used our expertise in extraction and formulation technology to develop the most innovative and technically advanced source of natural carotenoids available. Our goal is to manufacture the highest quality carotenoids, and to supply value-added products which enhance human nutrition.”
“We are delighted to partner with Blue California, a company with experience and reputation for quality in the industry as well as a company who shares our values and business goals.”
Lutein is a yellow carotenoid found in many plants and animal tissues. It is the primary carotenoid in the macula (the central area of the eye’s retina). Lutein’s special ability to increase macular pigment and shield the eye from damaging sunlight has been shown to decrease the risk and significantly slow the progress of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
All the Biolut lutein products have Kosher Parve certification, are guaranteed to be free of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides, and have been granted GRAS-status.
Blue California specializes in the manufacture of botanical extracts and other specialty ingredients using raw materials from around the world. Its ISO 9000-certified extraction facility produces high quality ingredients offered through its headquarters in California and its East Coast office. In addition, Blue California offers a line of Kosher-certified ingredients, as well as value-added services such as blending, granulation, and milling.