Kemin Personal Care Expands FloraGLO Lutein Distribution into Europe

DES MOINES, Iowa (June 2, 2003) – Two of Europe's largest personal care distribution companies have completed agreements with Kemin Personal Care to market FloraGLO brand lutein to cosmetics manufacturers in Italy and the United Kingdom.

B.H. Schilling and Cornelius will represent Kemin Personal Care to companies that want to include lutein in products for personal care applications.

For years FloraGLO brand lutein, the leading purified, patent-protected form of lutein, has been globally recognized among vitamin and supplement companies and eye doctors for its important eye health benefits.

Research indicates that consumption of lutein, found naturally in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, may also protect the skin against some of the damaging effects of the sun. It has been shown to protect skin against photo-oxidative stress induced by UV-A or UV-B radiation from sunlight.

"Awareness of the value of FloraGLO Lutein as an all-natural, bio-active antioxidant has been building internationally," said Greg Thornton, sales manager for Kemin Personal Care. "The successful launch of FloraGLO Lutein in the U.S. personal care market and the growing global acceptance of lutein have created a great opportunity to introduce this product to the European cosmetic and personal care industry."

About B.H. Schilling
Headquartered in Milan with an office in Bologna, B.H. Schilling has more than 60 years of experience in specialty chemical distribution. Currently serving 2,300 customers, the company is ISO 9001:2000 certified.

About Cornelius

Cornelius Produce Company services health and personal care manufacturers for all their raw material requirements. It is part of the privately owned Cornelius Group of companies and is one of the largest distributors of specialty chemicals and raw materials supplying the UK & Irish markets. From its ISO 9000:2000-approved purpose-built facility in Hertfordshire, Cornelius integrates the international sourcing, marketing, distribution and technical support of a highly specialized product range produced by quality manufacturers from around the world.

About Kemin Personal Care

Kemin Personal Care provides FloraGLO Lutein, the leading patent-protected, purified form of lutein on the market, to personal care and cosmetics manufacturers. It is a division of Kemin Foods, L.C., a global manufacturer of natural antioxidants for the food, dietary supplement and personal care markets.

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