Martin Bauer North America and Guilin LAYN Natural Ingredients Announce Strategic Distribution Alliance

TORRANCE, Calif., November 7, 2005 - Martin Bauer (MB) North America, a supplier of specialty herbal extracts, powders, tea cuts and standardized extracts, and Guilin LAYN Natural Ingredients (LAYN) have formed a strategic partnership establishing MB North America as the exclusive distributor of LAYN's botanical extract ingredients to manufacturers and marketers in North America. Through this alliance, MB North America is able to offer its customers an increased line of herbal extracts that complement the company's existing ingredient offerings. LAYN is a fully-integrated manufacturer with GMP, Kosher and ISO certifications, as well as Good Agricultural Practices for the cultivation and collection of its botanicals.

"LAYN has vast experience in developing new and unique botanical products which not only impact the quality of people's lives, but are backed by extensive scientific research," stated Chris Tower, vice president of sales, MB North America. "We were impressed with LAYN's technical expertise and core competence in botanical extraction, and after an extensive search we determined LAYN was a premiere manufacturing partner for our company."

"LAYN and MB North America share a commitment to producing only the highest quality botanical extracts," said Xin-de Yao, vice general manager, LAYN. "MB North America has a solid reputation as a trusted supplier in North America and we look forward to a successful, long-term partnership."

Martin Bauer is the world's largest botanical supplier, including raw materials, bulk processing, finished herb powders and tea cuts. From cultivation and acquisition to production and laboratory services, Martin Bauer offers its customers worldwide access to a wealth of resources and more than 150 years experience in the industry. MB North America is one of Martin Bauer's 15 subsidiaries worldwide. With multiple production facilities and warehouse locations, Martin Bauer customers are protected from potential product damage or supply risk. For more information visit MB North America at SupplySide West booth #3073 or go to

Guilin LAYN Natural Ingredients (LAYN) is a leader in the identification, development and production of botanical extracts for use in the pharmaceutical, natural products and cosmetics industries. LAYN works in cooperation with some of the world's most prestigious universities and private research centers to verify the safety and efficacy of each of its products. The company closely manages its extraction and purification systems to ensure the highest quality of its ingredients. For more information visit

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