Functional ingredients industry news | June 2007

Symrise launches global citrus facility
Symrise is launching a global citrus facility that began with the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the company's new Global Citrus Center in Sorocaba, Brazil. Over the course of two construction phases, Symrise will be creating 30,000 square metres of new facilities to house the Development and Application Technologies Divisions, as well as pilot plants for a variety of processing technologies. Symrise will make an investment mid-year that will increase spray-drying capacity at its existing site in Brazil.


Trace Minerals taps Canadian distributor
Trace Minerals Research is expanding the availability of its product line in Canada and has selected Ecomax Nutrition to serve as a new distributor. Ecomax Nutrition has been distributing speciality supplements to health food stores and naturopathic doctors across Canada for the past 15 years. Trace Minerals was founded in 1969, and is the original marketer and distributor of essential minerals harvested from Utah's Great Salt Lake for supplement use.


Everidis to sell BioGaia drops
BioGaia has signed an agreement with Everidis Health Sciences that gives Everidis the rights to sell BioGaia Probiotic drops, chewable tablets and straws in the US. The products will be sold under the BioGaia brand to pharmacies and doctors, with launch expected during the later part of 2007. Everidis is a subsidiary of Nutraceutics Corp, which has been active in the area of dietary supplements since 1994. Everidis specializes in sales through pharmacies and doctors.

Facility passes third NSF audit
Sabinsa's manufacturing facilities in India have passed a third consecutive audit by NSF International to ensure adherence to its Good Manufacturing Practices standards. NSF reviewed the facilities' manufacturing processes, sanitation standards, pest-control methods, personnel training, product-testing practices and standard operating procedures and verified they meet with its GMP criteria.

Naturex wins prize from French ministry
Jacques Dikansky, president of Naturex, has received the National Ambition award in the 'Special' prize category by the French minister of trade. The award ceremony was organized by the financial French newspaper La Tribune and the Palatine Bank. The prize honours a company with remarkable economic gro wth, environment commitment, leadership achievement and social responsibility. Fifteen years after its creation, Naturex is one of the largest suppliers of plant extracts for the nutraceutical and food industries worldwide.


Info on GMP compliance
Analysis and identification of botanicals remain principal challenges for dietary supplements GMP compliance. To assist in this effort, a new publication called High-Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography for the Analysis of Medicinal Plants has been written by Eike Reich, PhD, and Anne Schibli. Dr Reich is an internationally recognised expert on thin-layer chromatography for medicinal plants. She is the head of laboratory of CAMAG, in Muttenz, Switzerland. CAMAG is a member of the United Natural Products Alliance Analytical Members Group, which works to advance the science and technology needed to quickly and efficiently test dietary supplements to assure identity, purity and conformance to standards.


PLT to distribute Lipogen's PS
PL Thomas & Co and Lipogen Ltd of Israel have announced that PLT will distribute Lipogen's phosphatidylserine (PS). PLT will work with companies throughout North America to incorporate this ingredient, which has been closely studied for its positive effects on cognitive health. In July 2006, the FDA approved ("no questions") the GRAS notification of Lipogen's PS patent-protected product line. The efficacy of PS has been recognized by the FDA (May 2003), which allows for a qualified health claim for cognitive health.

Lyc-O-Mato reaches into South Africa
Following an agreement with LycoRed for rights to exclusive distribution of Lyc-O-Mato tomato lycopene complex in South Africa, SK Chemtrade Services of Johannesburg launched the dietary supplement at Dis-Chem, a leading pharmacy chain. SK Chemtrade's marketing strategy is focused on educating the consumer about the health benefits of Lyc-O-Mato through print, TV, and radio press releases and interviews. The marketing campaign launched with a two-week tour by best-selling author Robert Kowalski promoting his new book, Take the Pressure Off Your Heart: 8 Weeks to Lower Blood Pressure Without Prescription Drugs.


B&D to distribute Embria
B&D Nutritional Ingredients has been selected as an exclusive distribution and marketing partner for Embria Health Sciences. The companies have agreed to a contractual agreement that ensures B&D will become the exclusive US distributor for Embria's EpiCor ingredient, an all-natural high-metabolite immunogen, and the primary US distributor for eXselen, Embria's highly bioavailable organic selenium yeast ingredient.



Lance Armstrong joins New Sun Nutrition
Lance Armstrong has been appointed to New Sun Nutrition's board of directors. In his role as an advisor to the company, he will also serve as a product spokesman, helping to spread the word about FRS, a new concept in healthier energy beverages that recently won the World Beverage Congress Award for Best New Health Initiative. Armstrong is a seven-time winner of the Tour de France and founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which provides cancer-education, advocacy, public-health and research programmes.


Nordic touts fishing policy
With growing concern over declining fish populations, Nordic Naturals announced that it will only utilise fish species that are not endangered, and will not harvest them from waters facing overfishing. The company currently uses three fish species for its omega-3 supplements, Arctic cod from Arctic Norway, plus anchovies and sardines from the South Pacific and the Norwegian Sea, none of which are considered endangered or overfished. The company sells more than 80 fish-oil products, including liquids, capsules and children's chewables.

BioAstin earns approval in EU
Cyanotech has obtained official regulatory approval (substantial equivalence) for its BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin as a novel food in the European Union. This allows the importation of BioAstin into all of the 27 member countries and gives Cyanotech unlimited access to a market with 487 million people. Cyanotech was the first microalgae company to obtain ISO 9001:2000 certification. All its products are all natural, and pesticide and herbicide free. They are free of genetically modified organisms and are produced in accordance with current good manufacturing processes.


Partners for the UN World Food programme
DSM and Sijbesma have announced a global partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the largest provider of food aid to the world's hungry. The partnership will focus on improving and increasing nutritious food for people in poor countries and during humanitarian crises. DSM will provide the WFP with expertise and high-nutrient products, as well as financial assistance. Besides its 20-year-long programme Sight and Life, DSM has developed the Nutrition Improvement Program, which provides technical and scientific support for supplementation programmes and for the fortification of staple foods with essential vitamins and minerals in developing countries. An example is its 'nutritious rice kernel' — an exact replica of a rice kernel with a high concentration of vitamins and minerals, which, through mixing with normal rice, makes it highly nutritious food.



Ingredients Halal certified
Hundreds of BI Nutraceuticals' ingredient offerings have been Halal certified by the Islamic Foods and Nutritional Council of America. As part of the Halal certification process, the IFANCA inspected all of BI Nutraceuticals' manufacturing facilities in Long Beach, California; Islandia, New York; and Suzhou, China.


New appointments at National Starch
National Starch Food Innovation has announced two strategic appointments in its delivery-systems business. Dr Karin Meissner has been appointed business-development manager for clinical and infant nutrition in Europe. Claudia Fiannaca is business development manager for spray-dry flavours and beverages. Prior to her extensive work in the baby-food industry and in product management, Dr Meissner completed a doctorate in food science and nutrition and held a lecturing position. Fiannaca has a first-class master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Palermo. She spent three years working for ICI Strategic Technology Group, specialising in spray-dry technology for the production of fragrance and flavour encapsulates.

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