Changes at National Starch
National Starch in New Jersey has changed the name of its Food Products Business to National Starch Food Innovation. The company is also expanding its research and production facilities. These changes include a new Process Innovation Center, with resources to evaluate and develop new products, and an expansion of the company?s manufacturing capability in Shanghai, China. The 68,000-square-meter plant, which went on stream in the fourth quarter of 2004, employs 70 people and produces speciality ingredients from corn, tapioca, potatoes and rice.
A Sharp New Direction
Mark Sharp has been appointed director of operations for Washington-based Botanical Laboratories. Sharp has 15 years of experience in FDA-compliant industries spanning pharmaceuticals, medical devices and food supplements. He will be in charge of production control, implementing cGMPs, pipeline management and distribution oversite. He holds an MBA in business administration.
Chemical Custom Manufacturing
Lonza, headquartered in Switzerland, is building a new centre in China. The Lonza Guangzhou Research and Development Centre will focus on the development of active substances and intermediates for chemical custom manufacturing. It currently employs 10 people. Lonza has produced niacinamide, a B vitamin, in the region since 1999. A new niacinamide production plant is also under construction, with a planned opening date of spring 2005.
New Manager of Omega-3s
Developer and marketer of nutritionally advanced oils Source Food Technology has appointed Santosh Padki as vice president and general manager of its omega-3 division. Padki earned a master?s degree at Virginia Tech and an MBA at Northwestern Uni-versity. Previously, he worked as brand manager and marketing director for ConAgra Foods.
Nonprofit Launches in Canada
The first national charitable organization dedicated to funding complementary and alternative medical research launched in Canada in December. The Holistic Health Research Foundation of Canada will fund research through its grant competitions, as well as help consumers and health professionals sort through information to make more informed health care decisions. It also aims to provide an expert, independent voice to interpret the practical meaning of emerging research.
For more information, visit www.holistichealthresearch.net.
Name Change at Kemin
Kemin Foods, an operating company of Kemin Industries, has changed its name to Kemin Health. The company?s business focus will remain anchored on creating, acquiring and deploying innovative molecular solutions based on naturally occurring compounds that can contribute to long-term wellness, the Iowa company says. The firm?s FloraGLO Lutein product is the world?s leading patented, purified lutein.
Glanbia Buys German Firm
Glanbia plc has acquired German-based nutrient delivery systems company Kortus Food Ingredients Services. The $19.42 million acquisition is comprised of $14 million in cash and a further deferred payment of $5.36 million, of which $2.68 million will be payable subject to the achievement of a pre-determined performance target.
Xylitol Production in China
Danisco A/S has signed a joint venture agreement with Henan Tangyin Yuxin to produce xylitol and xylose for the Chinese and international markets. The new company is to be called Danisco Sweetners (Anyang) Co, and will have a board of directors in which Danisco will have the majority.
In other news, Danisco is also investing $9.37 million to expand its plant capacity at its cultures site in Niebull, Germany, which is expected to be operational by early 2006.
New VP at Frutarom
Frutarom has named Dr Michael Britten-Kelly as vice president and business manager of aroma chemicals. He will be responsible for developing a business strategy and marketing strategy for the company?s product lines. He will also act as the US technical liaison with Israel and the UK. Britten-Kelly has held top management positions at Chemicals Inc and Bush Boake Allen. He was also technical director at International Flavors and Fragrances? fragrance ingredients plant for seven years.