Cognis to Showcase Healthy Yet Delicious Treats at IFT

La Grange, Ill., May 10, 2006 – Cognis Nutrition & Health invites attendees at the country’s largest food technology trade show to visit booth #2971 and discover how this global supplier of health-enhancing ingredients adds nutritional value—the natural way—while preserving the taste, look and texture of foods and beverages. The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting and food expo is June 24-28, 2006 in Orlando, Florida.

Cognis’ team of functional food experts will be on-hand to discuss how its ingredients can be used in an infinite number of food and beverage applications. Attendees can indulge in delicious treats fortified with Cognis’ branded ingredients.

Vegapure® Phytosterols Take Center Stage

The world’s largest producer of natural plant sterol and sterol esters will put the spotlight on its recently expanded line of Vegapure® ingredients now that they are GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) for a broader range of foods and beverages from spreads to pasta to a multitude of other applications. Samples of mouth-watering treats will demonstrate how Vegapure® phytosterols may help lower cholesterol without affecting the food’s sensory characteristics. Cognis will showcase its recently introduced free sterol ground powder and three new non-GM, IP-preserved sterols and sterol esters.

Other Cognis Highlights at IFT:

· A new water-dispersible powder, the latest addition to Cognis’ Xangold® natural lutein esters lineup, will be launched at the show for use in food and beverage formulations where quick and easy dispersal of the active ingredients is preferred. Xangold® natural lutein esters are the first source of lutein to complete the FDA’s GRAS notification process and can be used in a broad range of food applications to support vision health.

· Cognis will be sharing recent scientific findings on Tonalin® CLA, the #1 ranking brand of CLA among consumers and the most clinically researched CLA on the market.

· As the world’s leading supplier of natural-source vitamin E products, Cognis will demonstrate how its portfolio of natural antioxidants preserves the integrity of foods by protecting against oxidation and extending shelf life.

· In addition to highlighting its health-enhancing ingredients, Cognis will also feature functional agents such as Spongolit® aerating emulsifiers—useful in improving the stability, volume and structure of baked goods.

While visiting Cognis booth #2971, attendees may register to win an “I-POD-compatible travel and soother radio-alarm clock.” For more information, go to or call 1-800-673-3702.

About Cognis:

Cognis is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients. The company employs about 8,000 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural-source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, textiles, as well as agriculture and mining. The company holds a 50-percent stake in the joint venture Cognis Oleochemicals, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of natural-source oleochemical basestocks.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2005, Cognis recorded sales of 3.18 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and exceptional items) of 356 million euros.

Cognis Nutrition and Health, a business unit of Cognis Group, offers one of the industry’s largest portfolios of natural-source, health-enhancing ingredients for dietary supplements, functional foods, medical nutrition, pharmaceutical and healthcare products. As a global supplier, Cognis partners with industry leaders to provide science-backed products to meet today’s most pressing consumer health needs. Cognis also manufactures emulsifiers, emulsifier-based compounds, and numerous other specialty products for the food industry worldwide.


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