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India Goes Kosher
Renaissance Herbs will begin construction of a new 60,000-square-foot factory near Bangalore, India. The facility will provide manufacturers with potent, standardized botanical extracts backed by good manufacturing practices, organic certification, and Kosher and biodynamic certification.

Hauser Promotes From Within
Hauser Inc. has promoted David Bailey, PhD, to vice president of research and development for the new product development team and Rod McKeever to vice president and managing director of Hauser's contract research organisation.

Look—It's Lycopene
Triarco Industries is stepping up production of lycopene ingredients in an effort to anticipate the record demand from men 40 years and older. Triarco's lycopene ingredients, which are sourced from South America, are available in various dosage forms including powders, extracts, beadlets, pastes and oils.

Chill Out With Relora
Next Pharmaceuticals has appointed Stauber Performance Ingredients Inc. of California as the US marketing representative for Relora, a propietary, patent-pending anti-anxiety and stress-relief ingredient. The product aids in relaxation and hormone regulation related to stress-related weight gain. Relora is derived from extracts of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Animal and human studies back it.

Phytosterols Trump Vitamin E
Cognis Health & Nutrition has completed construction of the world's largest facility devoted to phytosterols production in Boussens, France.

"The reason we have built the plant is because growth for vitamin E is not as strong as our projections for phytosterols. So this move increases our capacity for very significant growth and it gives us greater flexibility," said Cognis Nutrition & Health Vice President Paul Allen at the recent Vitafoods conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Cognis has also increased phytosterols production at its US plant in Illinois.

Allen said strong growth in markets such as Asia and Oceania had precipitated the expansion.

"Our issue today is not so much finding new demand, it's finding the ability to meet that demand," he added, noting plans were already afoot for further expansion of phytosterol output.

Maron Lives Vitally
Vital Living Inc., the Physician Nutraceutical Company, has appointed David J. Maron, MD, to its scientific advisory board. Maron is an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and founder of the Vanderbilt Heart Disease Prevention Program in Tennessee.

Nutrinova Is Hot On DHA
Competition in the global DHA market is fueling the acquisition of DHA producer Protos-Biotech by Nutrinova of Germany. Protos-Biotech uses microorganisms called protists to produce the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which it markets under the name DHActive. Nutrinova is owned by Celanese AG. Protos-Biotech is owned by Celanese Ventures, which recently signed a production scale-up agreement for DHActive with a fermentation company.

Sabinsa Gets Supercritical
The Sabinsa Corporation has completed construction of its new supercritical CO2 extraction facility at Bangalore, India's SAMI Labs, the company's manufacturing division. One advantage of supercritical extraction technology is that residual solvents are eliminated from the final product.

Imaginetix That!
New study results reveal how CeladrinT, a novel cetylated fatty acid mixture produced by Imagenetix, Inc. of San Diego, is absorbed into the body to enhance joint function. In a presentation at the Experimental Biology Conference in New Orleans, researchers at the University of Minnesota revealed how CeladrinT resists digestion within the stomach, providing an intact form for intestinal absorption.

No Cutting CTS
Cyanotech Corporation has reported that the results of an unpublished, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study of BioAstin, a natural astaxanthin product, showed improvement in the condition of patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), both in the severity and duration of pain. The study suggests BioAstin may offer a natural alternative to the CTS surgical procedure.

Vanson, HaloSource Merge
Vanson Inc. and HaloSource Corp. have merged to form Vanson HaloSource, uniting the core business functions and scientific expertise needed to create innovative products based on Vanson's chitin and chitosan technology and HaloSource's antimicrobial technology.

Dean Rides The Wave
Texas-based Dean Foods has agreed to acquire 64 per cent equity interest in Colorado-based White Wave Inc., the maker of Silk, the leading refrigerated soymilk that had sales of $125 million in the 12 months ending March 2002.

"We are extremely excited about this transaction," said Gregg Engles, Dean Foods chairman and CEO. "We believe that soymilk is one of the most promising branded growth opportunities in the food and beverage industry today."

LycoVit Goes GRAS
BASF has announced self-affirmation of Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) status by an external panel of experts for LycoVit, which the experts concluded is similar to naturally occurring lycopene. It is considered safe for conventional foods, including cereals, yoghurt, beverages, instant soup, salad dressing, meal replacements, nutrient bars, meatless meats and snack foods. It is available in powder and dispersion forms.

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