COLUMBIA, Md., Oct 19, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Martek Biosciences announced today that its DHA omega-3 product, life'sDHA(TM), is featured in "Soy Smart(TM)" Chai Soymilk drink, the latest addition to Odwalla's successful line of natural health beverages. Odwalla, Inc. is the nation's leading natural health beverage company. Its beverages and food bars are available in natural food stores, supermarkets and specialty outlets throughout the country. The Soy Smart(TM) single serve, 15.2 oz. packaging will display Martek's logo. Odwalla's Soy Smart(TM) Chai Soymilk drink is the second Odwalla product to contain Martek's life'sDHA(TM), joining a line of 1/2 gallon (64 oz.) soymilks which were launched in April of this year.
With 32 mg of life'sDHA(TM) per 8 fl. oz. serving, Odwalla's Soy Smart(TM) Chai Soymilk drink offers a great-tasting way for people to get an excellent source of DHA omega-3. Numerous scientific studies have shown DHA omega-3 to be important to ongoing brain function throughout the lifecycle.
"We now know that the omega-3 DHA is an important part of a healthy diet, especially to support brain health throughout life. We also know that most Americans fall short of the recommended amount of DHA omega-3 they should be eating daily," said Elizabeth Somer, registered dietitian, editor of Nutrition Alert and author of nine nutrition books, including 10 Habits that Mess Up a Woman's Diet, Age-Proof Your Body, Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy and The Origin Diet. "Products with life'sDHA(TM) offer consumers a great-tasting, contaminant-free, vegetarian way to get more of this critical nutrient."
"Odwalla's second launch demonstrates its belief in the market demand for great-tasting, healthy products which contain our life'sDHA(TM)," said Steve Dubin, CEO of Martek Biosciences. "Martek is pleased to be working with Odwalla, the #1 natural health beverage company in the mainstream channel, to help them fulfill their corporate vision to deliver consistent quality in taste and nourishment while having respect for the earth."
Martek's life'sDHA(TM) is unique in the market because it is derived from a sustainable and vegetarian source. Made from microalgae under tightly controlled manufacturing conditions, life'sDHA(TM) is free of oceanic contaminants that may be present in certain fish or fish oils. Microalgae are the only vegetarian source of DHA omega-3, the key omega-3 for brain development and function.
Martek Biosciences Corporation (MATK) is a leader in the innovation and development of DHA omega-3 products that promote health and wellness through every stage of life. The Company produces life'sDHA(TM), a sustainable and vegetarian source of DHA omega-3, for use in foods, beverages, infant formula, and supplements, and ARA (arachidonic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid, for use in infant formula. For more information on Martek Biosciences, visit http://www.martek.com/.
Sections of this release contain forward-looking statements concerning, among other things, expectations regarding customer product launches and the widespread use of DHA. These statements are based upon numerous assumptions which Martek cannot control and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ. These statements should be understood in light of the risk factors set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the Company's Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2006 and other filed reports on Form 10- K, Form 10-K/A, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.