Functional foods industry company news

New channel for GTC
GTC Nutrition, a business unit of Corn Products International, recently celebrated the grand opening of its short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS) manufacturing channel — the first of its kind in North America — at the London, Ontario, Canada plant of Corn Products' Casco subsidiary. At the ceremony, customers joined with elected officials and company representatives to hear presentations and tour the new channel. In response to increasing consumer demands for healthier foods, beverages and supplements alternatives, the new channel will produce both NutraFlora and FortiFeed scFOS prebiotic fibers for human and animal-feed consumption, respectively.

Omega-3 trade group forms
A group of companies has formed an omega-3 trade association called the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3, or GOED Omega-3. The international not-for-profit association is committed to increasing market and regulatory approvals, developing consumer awareness, and implementing quality standards. A new office has opened in Salt Lake City, Utah. Founding companies include Cargill, Ceres Consulting, Croda, Denofa, EPAX, Loders, Lonza/Nutranova, Marine Nutraceuticals, Martek Biosciences, Napro Pharma AS, Ocean Nutrition Canada and Omega Pure.

Hilton House Foods sold
Main Street Ingredients, a manufacturer and supplier of functional-foods ingredients headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, has acquired Hilton House Foods of Wichita, Kansas. Hilton House Foods manufactures speciality products primarily for the ice cream and bakery industries. Main Street Ingredients will continue to produce at the manufacturing plant in Wichita until it transitions production to its facility in Wisconsin.

Frutarom acquires Acatris
Acatris Health Group has been acquired by Israeli-based Frutarom Group. Established in 1933, Frutarom is a multinational flavour and fragrance house. Its acquisition of Acatris Health Group follows on the successful acquisition of Flachsmann in 2003. Acatris' health ingredients will be managed from Frutarom's Fine Ingredients Division headquartered in Switzerland.

Lipid Technologies sold
Royal DSM NV has bought Lipid Technologies Provider AB (LTP), a Swedish company with a technology platform based on formulated lipids. LTP develops lipid delivery systems for functional foods (including dietary supplements) and pharmaceuticals, using lipids extracted from natural resources such as oat oil. LTP's main product is a satiety ingredient branded Olibra, which reduces calorie intake.

Facility recertified
Fortitech Europe's facility in Gadstrup, Denmark, recently received ISO 9001:2000 recertification from National Quality Assurance, USA. To achieve recertification Fortitech had to demonstrate its continuous commitment to exceeding and improving its already strict quality standards. Fortitech Europe is also GMO free and meets kosher, Halal, and cGMP-equivalent requirements, as well as Allergen Monitoring and HACCP programme standards.

Petition for phytosterol
Chinese ingredients maker Fenchem is requesting an opinion from Novel Food Board of Finland on the equivalence of its phytosterol ingredient, which is derived from soy. The request is based on the fact that Fenchem's product is substantially equivalent to the phytosterol ingredient marketed by ADM and authorised in 2004. Cholevel phytosterol received IP certification from SGS in March 2005.

New Kyowa Hakko centre
Kyowa Hakko has formed the HealthCare Product Development Center in Tsukuba, Japan, to focus on basic and application research, formulation and development, information services, and marketing. The centre will be under the direction of Kazuhiro Yamamoto for Kyowa Hakko in Tokyo. The centre, situated in the heart of the well-known research and science-based town known as Tsukuba Science City, will be home to 40 Kyowa researchers dedicated to supporting new product development.

Accepting the 2006 Gold Award for Cargill are, left to right, Thomas Draguhn, Anne Mollerus and Fred Brouns. Gold Award judge Henry Dixon is at centre.

Award for Cargill
The November Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) conference in Frankfurt, Germany, awarded its Hi Europe 2006 Gold Award for the best innovation in health ingredients to Cargill's Extend Isomaltulose. Research on Extend Isomaltulose indicates that it triggers the body's satiety-regulating mechanisms, potentially making the person feel more full, while helping the body to burn more fat as a source of energy. HiE award judges commented on Cargill's use of excellent science to validate the product as a slow-release sugar with widespread applications in low-glycaemic products, from children's beverages to sports products.

Lipid Nutrition independent
As of October, Lipid Nutrition became a private limited liability company in its own right, part of Loders Croklaan Group (a subsidiary of IOI Corporation in Berhad, Malaysia). The new business structure allows Lipid Nutrition to operate as an independent entity. Among Lipid Nutrition's product line are Betapol, Clarinol CLA for weight management, Marinol for heart health and brain development, Safflorin for immune health, and the appetite-suppressant PinnoThin. In March 2006, the company acquired PharmaNutrients' CLA One business.

Isomalt gets OK in China
The sugar replacer Isomalt from Palatinit has become the first non-Chinese food to have passed the demanding Novel Food approval process set forth by the Chinese Ministry of Health. This allows Isomalt to be presented as a 'New Resource Food' instead of an 'additive.' While most other polyols were approved only under the food-additive standard, Palatinit selected the more difficult, but higher value, approach of a novel-food registration. Isomalt provides 1:1 sugar-replacement solutions tailored to the needs of specific sugar-free and sugar-reduced applications.

New hire for IMG
Integrated Marketing Group has appointed Natalie Harris to the position of assistant marketing manager. Harris holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications with a minor in business from the University of Utah. Prior to joining IMG, Harris was assistant brand co-ordinator at Mrs Field's in Salt Lake City. She will be responsible for assisting in the management and implementation of a broad range of marketing activities for several IMG clients.

Rare Moroccan botanicals
As the only significant supplier and processor of Moroccan botanicals, Naturex, is launching a campaign to enhance market awareness of Moroccan botanicals. The company has sourced nine new plants across Morocco's Atlas and Rif mountain areas, which are rarely used, if at all, in the dietary-supplements industry. Naturex has a large extraction facility in Casablanca, which provides ready access to the country's abundant raw materials. The facility is the largest extraction plant in this part of the world: 27,000 sq ft equipped with six solvent-extraction units, giving Naturex the capability to extract more than 20 tonnes of raw materials per day. Naturex's quality-assurance system follows HACCP recommendations and is in accordance with rigorous quality criteria, the company says. Through its NAT'Activ line, Naturex manufactures more than 300 botanical extracts from around the world.

Cocoa research under way
Chocolate producer Barry Callebaut and independent research company NIZO food research have embarked on a project to investigate the solubility of cocoa powder. Solubility and unpredictable rheology of cocoa in water has been one of the major bottlenecks in cocoa product development. To achieve the technology platform for new cocoa innovations, a three-year project has been set up, combining the cocoa knowledge of Barry Callebaut and the applied food technology knowledge of NIZO. The project is largely financed through a Dutch subsidy agreement and is supported by the main players in the cocoa industry.

Name change for Cardinal
Cardinal Nutrition, nutritional ingredients company and manufacturer of OptiMSM, will now be known as Bergstrom Nutrition. The name change is designed to reflect the company's growing diversification, says president David Lakey. George Bergstrom III founded the manufacturing company in 1988, and was the first to bring its proprietary OptiMSM brand of MSM to the human nutrition market in 1989. Recent changes accompanying the name change include a new worldwide strategic growth plan, broadening experience of Bergstrom's board of directors, increased plant capacity and expansion into broader ingredients channels. The company's new website is

Gadot, Tate & Lyle team up
Gadot Biochemical of Israel has signed an agreement with Tate & Lyle of the UK to establish a joint enterprise for building and operating a new plant for raw-sugar refinement. The plant will be built at Gadot's premises in Haifa Bay, Israel. This joint enterprise will be operated by a private company to be called Tate & Lyle Gadot Manufacturing Ltd (TALGAM), and its shares will be held 35 per cent by Gadot and 65 per cent by Tate & Lyle. Estimated setup costs of the plant will be approximately $18 million.

Key taps new CEO
Key Technology has appointed David M Camp as president and chief executive officer. Camp brings more than 25 years of technology- and manufacturing- related experience, including the management of process control, capital equipment and service businesses. Most recently, he was a consultant with The Thomas Group on an engagement with the US Navy. Previously, he was president of BOC Edwards Kachina. Key Technology is a designer and manufacturer of process automation systems, integrated electro-optical inspection and sorting systems, and processing systems.

WhiteWave-Martek pact
DHA omega-3 innovator Martek Biosciences Corp has entered into a 15-year license and supply agreement with WhiteWave Foods Co. WhiteWave is planning to develop certain soy beverages containing Martek's flagship product, life'sDHA. WhiteWave has agreed to purchase all of its DHA omega-3 needs from Martek for these products in the US and other designated territories. Life'sDHA is a sustainable, vegetarian source of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) omega-3, a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that supports brain, eye and cardiovascular health throughout life.

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