Company news | September 2005

Innovation at GLANBIA
Glanbia Nutritionals has opened its Glanbia Group Innovation Centre in Kilkenny, Ireland. The facility is 1265sq metres and includes specialist laboratories, a pilot plant, sensory analysis facilities and a research library. It currently employs 42 people; this number is set to increase in October when a 700sq metre expansion will be completed.



Dr Weil joins Organic Center
Dr Andrew Weil has joined The Organic Center?s board of directors. Dr Weil is director of the Program in Interactive Medicine at the School of Medicine at the University of Arizona.



New Fortitech technical director
Fortitech Europe ApS has announced the appointment of Else Nygaard Baasch to the position of technical director. Baasch will direct premix formulation, oversee quality control and monitor regulatory issues. Previously, Baasch was a technical manager at Dyrup A/S, a leading producer of painting and wood protection products in Europe.



Kaneka expands co-Q10 capacity
Kaneka Corp of Japan is expanding its co-enzyme Q10 production capacity at its Takasago facility, bringing its annual production capacity in the country to 180 metric tonnes. The expansion is expected to be completed by October and cost $23 million.



New facility for supplements line
Life Solutions Natural Products is acquiring a 17,400sq ft production facility in California, where the company?s recently launched line of liquid nutritional supplements will be manufactured and bottled. The site will employ 15 people.

Cognis appoints tech manager
Charles Barber has joined Cognis Nutrition & Health as technical services manager. In his previous position, Barber was an applications scientist at Archer Daniels Midland. After serving as a US Marine in Desert Storm, Barber earned a bachelor?s degree in biology and chemistry from Millikin University in Illinois.



Sales manager joins SourceOne
SourceOne has appointed Todd Peterson as sales manager of its Eastern US region. Peterson began his career at the Pillsbury Co after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in marketing. Most recently he was a top performer with a pharmaceutical company in its special products health division.



Antioxidant power of Luo Han Kuo
ORAC assay testing by Brunswick Laboratories shows that the fruit Luo Han Kuo is more than twice as potent in antioxidants as po-megranates, blueberries and cranberries. The testing found that a sachet of Longjiang River Health Products? Natural supplement contains 310 ORAC units of antioxidant. Found only in the Guangxi province of China, the fruit is believed to aid immunity, respiration and vitality.



?Superior? facility at Taiyo
Taiyo?s SunActive manufacturing facility has received a ?superior? rating from the American Institute of Baking, the baking industry?s leading food safety auditor. It is the highest possible classification by the AIB. SunActive Fe previously won the NutrAward for Best New Product.



Funds for chemical senses centre
National Starch and Chemical Co and Quest International have contributed $500,000 to help fund a $10.8 million expansion of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. This includes a 17,000-square-foot area devoted to human chemosensory research.

Ocean Nutrition in Australia
Ocean Nutrition Canada of Nova Scotia has opened a regional office in Sydney, Australia. Kevin Krail has been appointed as general manager of the new office.?Prior to joining ONC, Krail was general manager of Nutrition Imports Pty Ltd.

Promotion at Kyowa Hakko
Chikakuni Kotani, formerly global manager of the sales and marketing department at Bio-Chemicals Co, a unit of Kyowa Hakko Kogyo in Tokyo, has been named vice president of sales and marketing for Kyowa Hakko USA. Kotani has been with Kyowa Hakko for more than 20 years.



Nanotechnology award
Israel-based NutraLease Ltd has received the Most Innovative Israeli Nanotechnology Companies Award by the US-Israeli Science and Technology Foundation. NutraLease applies unique technology to produce micelles, which are self-assembled structured liquid particles with a diameter of 30 nanometers or less. The particles readily penetrate cell membranes, increasing the bioavailability of the phytonutrients carried by the micelles. The technology is utilized for delivery of nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, essential oils and drugs.



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