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New director at National Starch
National Starch and Chemical Co has appointed Michael Klacik as the senior director of nutrition and bioscience at the New Jersey company. Klacik most recently served as vice president of business development at OmegaTech. National Starch, a member of the ICI Group, manufactures carbohydrate-based nutrition products, natural and speciality polymers, adhesives, and electronic and engineering materials.

Probiotics at room temp
Culture technology company Rhodia Foods in Wisconsin has become the exclusive licensee of a new bacterial stabilisation technique that allows room-temperature storage of freeze-dried probiotics. The FloraFIT RT stabilisation system was devised and patented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and stabilises probiotics in powder, capsules and tablets without refrigeration for up to 24 months.

New roof at Colloides Naturels
Acacia gum manufacturer Colloides Naturels International has relocated its US headquarters and technical centre to Bridgewater, New Jersey. For more information, visit or call + 1 800 872 1850.

DHA oil wins FDA favour
The FDA has given Martek Biosciences Corp a favourable review of the company?s GRAS notification for use of the former OmegaTech DHA in food applications. Martek is working with several food manufacturers to include its DHA in such food products as yoghurt, cheese and nutrition bars. Martek DHA oil is designed specifically for use as a food ingredient and is manufactured using technology obtained by Martek in its 2002 acquisition of OmegaTech.

US subsidiary for Fuji
Japanese ingredients manufacturer Fuji Chemical Industry has formed a US subsidiary, FCI Health Science, in New Jersey. Headed by president Charles DePrince, the new company will market Fuji?s ingredients from two offices on the East and West coasts. Fuji is a leading producer of astaxanthin from the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis.

RNA-TEC, a biotechnology spin-off from the University of Leuven in Belgium, has signed a collaboration agreement with Lonza, a life sciences company in Switzerland.
The two firms will combine their efforts in RNA synthesis expertise, providing high-quality RNA-oligonucleotides ranging from intermediate scale, manufactured by RNA-TEC, to industrial qualities, manufactured by Lonza. Both companies are also investigating other possible areas of synergy in their RNA work.

FONA flavours reach Europe
Hoping to bring a wider variety of exciting and innovating flavours to Europe, US-based flavours house FONA recently opened its new European headquarters and R&D laboratories in London?s Leatherhead Enterprise Centre. FONA is a leader in the manufacture of flavours for bakery, confectionary, beverage, dairy, prepared foods and nutraceutical sectors, and is now looking toward further expansion opportunities in Europe. It also specialises in the creation of bulk flavourings, masking agents, bitterness modifying flavours and sweetness enhancers.

Machine to test powder flow
A manufacturer of texture analysis equipment has launched a Powder Flow Analyzer that purports to be the most accurate way of measuring flow characteristics of dry and wet powders.
Designed by Stable Micro Systems, the analyser helps manufacturers avoid a range of powder problems with diverse ingredients. It includes an innovative blade recently patented in the US. Other Stable Micro Systems equipment is used in 5,000 laboratories worldwide for testing food, chemicals, paints and coatings.

ISO certification for ORAFTI
Following an audit of its commercial, research and development production units based in Belgium, the ORAFTI Group has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification. Among the company?s products are Raftiline, Raftilose and Raftisweet.

Amino acids on the move
Ajinomoto is reorganising its European operations. The company?s amino acids operations will move to Louvian-la-Neuve in Belgium and be integrated with OmniChem. The new company will be called SA Ajinomoto OmniChem NV. Founded in Japan in 1909, the consumer products and seasonings producer now has facilities on five continents.

Marine expert joins Tharos
Massachusetts-based plant-extraction company Tharos Laboratories has named Norman Wainwright, PhD, to its board of directors. Dr Wain-wright is a senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory and is also an adjunct professor at Boston University.

Inulin on the rise
Inulin maker Cosucra Warcoing Group is expanding its plant production capacity in Belgium to an excess of 45,000 metric tons per year in late 2004. Cargill holds exclusive marketing rights in North America for Cosucra?s inulin, which sells under the brand name of Oliggo-Fiber.

Algae, algae everywhere
Taiwan Chlorella Manufacturing Co in Taipei has expanded its manufacturing capabilities of the algae chlorella to 450,000 square meters for an annual production of 300 metric tonnes. Chlorella, a single-celled algae in existence for 2.5 billion years, is rich in chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, minerals and chlorella growth factor. Sold as a powder, it can be added to foods, cosmetics and livestock feed.

New Zealand tests GMOs
New Zealand?s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has accredited GeneScan USA for GMO testing of sweetcorn and maize, oilseed rape, and soybean seed. This makes GeneScan USA the only MAF-accredited laboratory in the US and one of only three worldwide. Based in Louisiana, GeneScan USA is the analytical arm of GeneScan Europe in Germany.

Cold cultures, hot markets
Denmark-based ingredients supplier Chr Hansen has completed a $10 million expansion of two Wisconsin facilities and purchased the world?s largest ?55?C freezer to increase its storage capacity for cultures. With operations in 30 countries, the company?s exports have increased 40 per cent in the past three years to more than $19 million.

Irradiated herbs ID?d
Pharmline has purchased a pulsed photo stimulated luminescence system for identification of ingredients that have been treated by gamma radiation. The move was prompted by requests from customers for a supply of non-irradiated herbs. The system was developed by the Scottish Universities Research and Reactor Centre. Pharmline is based in New York and Florida.

Cognis names tech director
Dr Ralf Zink, a former researcher at Nestle, has joined Cognis Nutrition & Health as director of global technology.
He leads the company?s team of technical experts developing research to validate the company?s focus on ?healthy concepts,? initially in the fields of heart and eye health, and body composition.

James Beery joins Martek
Martek Biosciences Corp has elected James Beery to join its board of directors. Beery most recently served as senior vice president and general counsel for GlaxoSmithKline until his retirement in 2001. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School. Based in Maryland, Martek develops and manufactures products from microalgae.

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