BI Nutraceuticals to Feature GRAS Ingredient Line at IFT Meeting

BI Nutraceuticals will be a featured company in the Ingredients for Functional Foods Trend & Solution Tour at the 2010 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo being held July 17–20 in Chicago, Ill. This self-guided tour allows individuals to come by BI's booth #3161 on the show floor at their convenience to gather information about the company's more than 200 GRAS ingredients that can be used in a variety of functional food and beverage applications.

BI will also be showcasing its Panax Ginseng extracts, which recently achieved self-affirmed GRAS status after an extensive review of safety and toxicology data by an expert panel. Panax ginseng is one of the oldest herbs in the world, and has been shown to rejuvenate the body after illness or prolonged stress. It also acts as a healthy, natural stimulant, making it an ideal ingredient for use in energy and sports drinks.

The company has created a GRAS ingredient reference database that segments its food and beverage ingredient offerings into 12 condition- specific, functional platforms, allowing customers to quickly and easily locate all ingredients the company offers to help manage a specific health concern. The functional categories include: Energy; Immunity; Digestive; Cognitive; Heart Health; Anti-Aging; Eye Health; Bone Health; Weight Management; Sleep; Calming; and Joint/ Inflammation. The database also provides preliminary reference data explaining why each ingredient aids and supports that particular health condition.

Products developed using BI's GRAS ingredients, including yerba mate and ginseng beverages, will be available for sampling at their booth #3161 at IFT.

About BI Nutraceuticals:

BI Nutraceuticals is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including whole herb powders and teas, standardized and drug ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. The company currently offers more than 200 ingredients that have been determined as safe for use in foods and beverages by the FDA or FEMA, the Flavors and Extracts Manufacturers Association.

Since 2002, BI has been an innovator in steam sterilization and the company's Protexx HP(R) process is currently the industry's only species-specific, organic sterilization method. All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metal, pesticide and irradiation testing. All herbal powder ingredients are also tested under the company's Identilok(R) species identification process. The company has also developed a proprietary process, UltraHD(R), which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. For more information, visit

About IFT and its Annual Meeting & Food Expo

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is an international, non- profit professional organization for the advancement of food science and technology. For more than 70 years, it has been helping members from more than 100 countries connect both in person, through scientific and technical education venues and forums, and virtually, through publications and other resources. Its Annual Meeting & Food Expo is an important event for professionals involved in food science and technology as it features the industry's largest collection of food ingredients, equipment, and packaging suppliers. Visit for more information.

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