BI Nutraceuticals CEO George Pontiakos to Highlight Trends in Organic Ingredients at SupplySide West

LONG BEACH, Calif., September 28, 2009 - BI Nutraceuticals' president and CEO, George Pontiakos, will be leading an education session entitled "Understanding Organics: Current ingredient trends, safe sourcing and sterilization, and a look ahead," at the SupplySide West tradeshow being held in Las Vegas, Nev., from November 11 - 14, 2009.

On Wednesday, November 11 from 3:00 - 3:50 p.m. in Marco Polo room 701 at the Venetian & Sands Expo Center, Pontiakos will discuss organic ingredient trends; challenges manufacturers face when sourcing certified-organic ingredients in the U.S. and abroad; ways to effectively work with ingredient suppliers to ensure the highest quality organic material; and safe, legal methods for sterilizing organic material.

"Ingredient trends and technology in the natural and organic product realm are changing at lightning speed, and this session provides a great opportunity for industry members to receive the latest information surrounding this growing market segment," noted Pontiakos. "Organics have their own unique set of challenges, from availability and quality issues to safe sterilization, and manufacturers looking to offer organic products need to be aware of the risks and rewards."

As president and CEO of BI Nutraceuticals, Pontiakos oversees the company's worldwide operations. BI has manufacturing and processing facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Long Island, N.Y., Boonton, N.J. and Suzhou and Shanghai, China. Pontiakos has held senior leadership positions at several leading consulting, medical services and technology companies including Monovasia, which he founded, Oluma, Lucent, Agere, Ortel, NetVantage and Timeplex. He has wide-ranging experience in scaling geographically dispersed global companies to
maximize their ability to successfully compete in the marketplace.
Pontiakos holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.

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 120 certified organic ingredients. 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 SupplySide West:
SupplySide West trade show ( is dedicated to bringing together manufacturers and suppliers in the dietary supplement, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. The event provides a unique opportunity for an executive-level exchange of ideas, goods and services not available through any other business-to- business event. SupplySide West offers three days of informative seminars and exhibitions tailored to the specific needs of supply chain executives. For more information on this presentation, contact Courtney Morton at [email protected] or visit the BI Nutraceuticals booth #17041 at SupplySide West.

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