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Biodar revamps website
Israel-based Biodar, maker of beadlets, minerals, vitamins and amino acids, has created a new website and changed the company logo. The website has tools to search products and premixes by catalogue or product applications, and provides information on the intranet including data sheets and other certificates.

National Starch receives award
National Starch Food Innovation in New Jersey received the President?s Partnership Award for Ingredients Innovation from foods producer Johanna Foods, a manufacturer. Johanna Foods purchases speciality starches from NSFI, which are used to provide texture to its yoghurt products and drinks.

Sensoril wins award
NutraGenesis has been awarded the Golden Egg Award for the Most Innovative Bulk Ingredient of 2004 by Specialty Nutrition Group. The award was presented at the NBJ/Newport Summit in July. The winning ingredient, Sensoril, is designed to help the body cope with the effects of stress, tension and fatigue. Its attributes include a well-defined chemical composition; substantiated structure/function claims for heart health, mental cognition, stress, energy, glucose release and weight management; and an excellent safety profile, the company reports.

Comax opens in Shanghai
Comax Flavors has opened a new office, Shanghai Comax Flavors. Located in the Jiading section of Shanghai, Comax will manufacture a full line of flavours to service the Chinese domestic market, as well as the Pacific Rim.

Cevena Bioproducts program
Canadian company Cevena Bioproducts has launched a business development program in Chicago, under the supervision of Richard Staack, PhD, MBA, a nutritional biochemist. The program targets dietary supplements and functional foods companies looking to provide fibre-based products to health-conscious consumers.

Product development expertise
GK Synergize Inc, a contract research organization, has added Dr Rinee Mukherjee to its team of scientists. Mukherjee will head the company?s new product development division. Mukherjee received her PhD in immunology, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The University of Western Ontario and Robarts Research Institute.

Tate & Lyle licensing agreement
Tate & Lyle has signed a North American licensing agreement with Alleggra Foods Ltd, producer of a full-function soy-based egg product. Under the agreement, Tate & Lyle has the rights to manufacture, distribute and market Alleggra in North America. Alleggra Foods is backed by Unilever Ventures and by Tate & Lyle PLC.

KGK Synergize certification
KGK Synergize in Canada has achieved registration of its quality management system, an international standard published by the International Organization for Standardization. The registration encompasses laboratory testing; analytical services; pre-clinical trials; and the establishment of protocols and methods for food products, nature, and the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical product industries.

Nature partners with Glanbia
Nature Inc, the European manufacturer of OatVantage, has partnered with Glanbia Nutritionals, a division of Glanbia plc in Ireland, making it the exclusive European distributor for OatVantage. The European launch of the oat bran concentrate took place in May.

Sterols production facility
Cognis has opened a $24.36 million facility in Illertissen, Germany, to expand its plant sterol ester and conjugated linoleic acid production capacity. These two products are available as Cognis? Vegapure product range and Tonalin CLA, respectively. The new facility at Cognis? International Nutrition & Health Competence Center represents the greatest single investment Cognis has made since it was founded in 1999.

NCCAM delivers joint funding
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is delivering new joint funding to five university-based dietary supplements research centres from NCCAM and the Office of Dietary Supplements, both agencies of the National Institutes of Health. The focus of the new funding will be toward determining the mechanisms of action of botanical preparations and their active constituents.

CRN welcomes new president
The Council for Responsible Nutrition has named Steven M Mister, Esq, its new president and CEO. Mister joins the company from his position as director of government affairs at the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations. Prior to that, he served in several roles at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

Gum Arabic sustainability
Representatives of Arabic gum-producing countries, distributors and organizations have reached an agreement of principles to sustain gum Arabic supplies worldwide. The parties attending the Gum Arabic Industry meeting in Khartoum, Sudan, included representatives from Sudan, Chad, Nigeria, the Association for the International Promotion of Gums, FAO, World Bank, and the Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa. The only US company in attendance, PL Thomas, says the meeting will be viewed as ?historic? if the participants ?make good on their promises.?

Croda raises purity standards
Croda Health Care?s new ultra-high purity EPA and DHA omega-3 lipid concentrates exceed current industry purity standards for environmental contaminants, dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls, the company says. Croda?s Incromega TGtriglyceride range promises high-potency EPA and DHA concentrates with dioxin and furan levels of below 1pg WHO-TEQ/g. PCB levels in the company?s Incromega TG brand are less than 0.009ppm, 90 per cent below the industrywide purity standard of 0.09ppm, and significantly below existing country-specific legislative requirements.

Hain Celestial acquisition
Hain Celestial Group has acquired Zia Cosmetics, including the Zia Natural Skincare brand. Zia Natural Skincare will sell side by side with Hain Celestial?s Jason?s personal care line and organic products, which it acquired in June 2004.

KGK and Lecigel joint venture
KGK Synergize and LeciGel, both of London, Ontario, have confirmed their joint venture agreement to protect the intellectual property combining a Sytrinol combination and LeciGel?s technology, with the intention to jointly commercialize the technology into the functional foods and beverages market. Clinical trials are in progress to investigate the bioavailability and efficacy of Sytrinol in this matrix.

BioGaia agreement
BioGaia has signed an agreement with the Indian company Uni-Sankyo, giving it the right to produce and sell dietary supplements with the company?s L reuteri bacterium, Reuteri, in India. The collaboration gives BioGaia the possibility to sell Reuteri in the Indian market as well as to find a producer who can supply BioGaia with products for sale in other markets.

New diagnostics business
Eastman Chemical Co, of Tennessee, has launched Centrus International, a diagnostics business that provides rapid microbiology testing solutions to food, dairy, meat and nutraceutical processing. Centrus manufactures and markets diagnostics systems that detect microbial contamination in products and raw materials.

Centrus appoints sales manager
Michael Chaudron has been named North American sales manager of Centrus International in Tennessee. Prior to joining the company, Chaudron was president and director of business development for MSE Environmental and Safety consulting firm. Chaudron has also worked with such companies as ChevronTexaco, Bovis Lend Lease, Atmos Energy, ENSCO and Koch Industries.

A&B Ingredients signs pact
A&B Ingredients and Duas Rodas, a Brazilian food and flavour company with headquarters in Jaragu? do Sul, have entered an agreement through which A&B will represent Duas Rodas? range of flavours and foods in North America. Duas Rodas operates throughout South and Central America, and Africa. Some of the products A&B will offer include organic banana puree, flakes and pieces; and tropical extracts including acerola, ?cai, guarana and mate.

Danisco systems president
Danisco has named Anders Wilhjelm president of the Danisco Functional Systems division. He will be based in Brabrand, Den-mark. Wilhjelm joined the company in 1998, most recently working as sales director for the UK/Benelux area. He holds an MSc and an MBA from Sloan MIT. He is succeeding Ole S?gaard Andersen, who was promoted to senior vice president, responsible for global sales.

Laila Impex, PL Thomas team up
Producer of herbal extracts in India, Laila Impex, and PL Thomas, a supplier of food and nutraceutical ingredients, announced an alliance to develop herbal nutraceuticals. This alliance formally recognizes both companies? close existing cooperation and their commitment to a united approach to advanced ingredient discoveries.

Natural anti-microbial system
Danisco Venture has invested in the French food safety and protectant company TMI Europe SA. TMI Europe has developed an anti-microbial system based on the natural enzyme lactoperoxidase. Named Catallix, the system has the potential to replace existing systems based on chlorine. Chlorine solutions to decontaminate food products will be forbidden in 2006 in the EU.

SourceOne names sales VP
Richard Peterson has been named vice president of sales and marketing for SourceOne Global Partners. Previously, he helped establish Danochemo USA, where he helped position the company to become one of the leading manufacturers of fat-soluble vitamins.?He went on to establish BioDar USA and was business manager of human nutrition at Seltzer Chemicals.

Nordic toughens standard
Nordic Naturals has adopted a label on its fish oil supplements in accordance with Scandanavian standards. The new label identifies the amount of essential fatty acids by both area percentage (volume) and weight. The US currently has a standard of measuring them only by weight. The stricter label standard has been endorsed by the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

New zeaxanthin brand name
Chrysantis has made EZ Eyes the new brand name for its natural zeaxanthin products. Zeaxanthin, produced from Marigold flowers, guards against age-related macular degeneration. Chrysantis has a wide range of proprietary zeaxanthin-lutein Marigolds with profiles that vary from 75 per cent zeaxanthin and 5 per cent lutein to 50 per cent zeaxanthin and 50 per cent lutein.

Euromonitor expands in E Europe
Global market analyst Euromonitor International opened its first office in Eastern Europe, in the historic town of Vilnius, Lithuania. Consumer spending has risen by more than 80 per cent in the last five years in the region, and the company intends to expand its research activities in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine.

New website for NutriCognia
Solbar?s new joint venture NutriCognia, which develops proprietary testing platforms for rapid glycoanalysis of food and beverage applications, launched a new interactive website. The site,, is a comprehensive source of information on CarboDeep, NutriCognia?s proprietary technology that compares glycan mixtures and produces a fingerprint of the glycan composition structure. By evaluating the features of various glycan structures, dairy and fermentation manufacturers can better manage process and product development, and improve quality-control procedures.

Encapsulation business sold
Balchem Corp has bought the encapsulation and agglomeration business of IOI Group, Loders Croklaan USA. Balchem will continue to operate the acquired business primarily out of Illinois, with certain product manufacturing moving to other Balchem operations. This acquired business had sales of approximately $6 million in Loders? fiscal year ending June 30, and was financed from the cash reserves of Balchem.

Palatinose wins EU approval
Palatinose, a functional carbohydrate from Palatinit, has been approved for use in the European Union in all foods and beverages. In the US, Palatinose has GRAS status, making it suitable for use in foods and beverages there as well. Palatinose, also known under the generic name isomaltulose, is a unique sugar that can help reduce the low-glycaemic and low-insulin response of foods. It is derived from sucrose and can be found as a natural constituent of honey and sugar cane.

Business manager at Frutarom
Frutarom USA welcomes Jennifer Czerner as its new technical business manager. A graduate of Auburn University, Czerner holds a bachelor?s in food science. She most recently worked as an account manager for Kerry Ingredients. She also worked at Barrington Nutritionals, where she developed and managed their USA distribution network, focusing on meat, poultry, sauces, dressings and baking products.

Facts about flax
The Minnesota-based Flax Lignan Information Bureau has been launched to provide facts about flax. The bureau is an online resource available to educate consumers, retailers and others about the ingredient. It is funded in part by a grant from Acatris.

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