Natrol Improves Product Quality by Converting to Heat Induction Sealing Technology

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Jun 15, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Natrol Inc. (NTOL), a manufacturer and distributor of nationally branded nutritional supplements, announced today that it is upgrading the packaging of all its bottled products with a new heat induction sealing system.

"This initiative is another manifestation of our Company's commitment to Quality Uncompromised," stated Natrol President & CEO Elliott Balbert. "Replacing pressure-sensitive foam liners with heat induction foil seals provides multiple benefits for both our retail partners and our end consumers."

For retailers carrying Natrol and Prolab products, Natrol's change to heat induction foil seals provides longer shelf life through the technology's ability to provide a hermetic seal with a greater oxygen and moisture barrier. Additionally, the more secure nature of the foil seals means fewer packages will be damaged and prematurely unsealed due to the heat experienced during warm weather shipping. Pressure-sensitive liners are known to be less secure at temperatures above 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, foil induction seals will improve consumer confidence because they are truly tamper-evident.

Customers of Natrol's ingredient and contract manufacturing division, Essentially Pure Ingredients, will experience these benefits as well.

Natrol and Prolab consumers will also experience longer product shelf life and improved product freshness. Plus, Natrol's foil induction seals will include consumer-friendly, twin-pull tabs. Consumers will no longer have to punch through the seal to access the product.

Natrol Vice President of Manufacturing, Dennis Griffin, projects that all Natrol and Prolab products will be converted to heat induction foil seals by September 30. "We're making a significant investment in new equipment and the necessary adjustments to our six existing packaging lines," stated Mr. Griffin. "We're confident that these changes will be beneficial to our customers and end users."

About Natrol:

Natrol, Inc. is a diversified nutrition company that manufactures and markets premium branded nutritional products, functional teas and sports fitness products under the Natrol, Lace Le Beau Tea and Prolab Sports Nutrition labels. In addition, Natrol also provides premium grade nutraceutical ingredients as well as private-label manufacturing through its Essentially Pure Ingredients (EPI) Division.

Natrol markets more than 200 nutritional products designed to meet a wide range of consumer needs. The products are available at more than 25,000 drug, food, mass market and independent health food stores, catalogues and Internet sites, gyms and specialty stores nationally and in select foreign countries. For more information visit

The statements made in this press release which are not historical facts, including statements regarding expectations for future growth of revenue, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. As a result of a number of factors, including the factors described above and factors that the Company may not currently foresee, as well as those factors set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003, and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company's actual results could differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

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