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Company news: Burt’s Bees, OmniActive, Carmex

Company news for the March 2011 issue of Functional Ingredients including: Burt’s Bees, OmniActive, Carmex, P.L. Thomas, Cyanotech, SIGHT AND LIFE, Vitamin Angels and Albion Human Nutrition.

Burt’s cuts waste down to zero
Burt’s Bees of North Carolina has issued a report on its 2020 sustainability goals. In fiscal year 2010, the company brought to zero the amount of waste it generates at all of its U.S. facilities, as well as installed a water-reclamation system that is expected to save 300,000 gallons of water per year. The company was also voted as the No. 1 green brand in the United States, ahead of Whole Foods, Tom’s of Maine, Trader Joe’s and Google. In May the company launched two new products: Nourishing Lip Balm with Bango Butter and Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry.

OmniActive expands Lutemax 2020 education
New Jersey’s OmniActive Health Technologies has developed videos and additional marketing collateral materials to explain the critical need for supplementing one’s diet with amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin isomers. The initiative will include two brief videos geared toward consumers and health professionals, along with a scientific presentation from a lead researcher at Tufts University. For more information, visit

Carmex jars reduce plastic use
Carmex packagingCarma Labs, the makers of Carmex lip balm products, has changed the size of the plastic jars it uses. The product still contains 0.25oz of lip balm in each jar, but the container uses 20 percent less plastic. The company expects to reduce its plastic use by 70,000 pounds each year. The company also recently launched two ultra-hydrating balms with a sheer color tint. Carmex Moisture Plus contain vitamin E, aloe, shea butter and avocado butter, as well as offers SPF 15 protection.

French botanical line comes to U.S.
P.L. Thomas has signed an agreement to market and sell botanical extracts for Burgundy Botanical Extracts. The European product line encompasses both cost-effective generic extracts as well as unique branded ingredients. These ingredients include UTIRose, clinically proven hibiscus extract for urinary tract comfort and health; EyesBerry, a superior blend of berries naturally rich in anthocyanosides for eye support; and IridoForce, a devil’s claw extract for joint health. Burgundy is a French manufacturer of botanical extracts with facilities in France and Spain, which are certified for ISO 22000,  ISO 9001, GMP and Ecocert.

Astaxanthin ingredient earns self-affirmed GRAS
BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin by Cyanotech Corp has been self-affirmed GRAS at 1.5 mg per serving by a panel of experts assembled by GRAS Associates. A 1.5 mg dose is an efficacious level for antioxidant applications. This compares to another Astaxanthin supplier that recently obtained GRAS status at a level of 0.1 mg per serving, a level that does not have significant benefits for antioxidant or other applications, the company said. Cyanotech has been producing natural astaxanthin in its open pond system in Hawaii continuously since 1997 using proprietary technology. The company produces BioAstin Natural Astaxanthin and Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica.

Groups work to improve vit A access in India
SIGHT AND LIFE and Vitamin Angels team upTwo leading humanitarian groups committed to fighting global malnutrition have teamed up to address vitamin A deficiency in India. SIGHT AND LIFE and Vitamin Angels will work to develop a locally sustainable supply and distribution system of the important vitamin within the country. While a visible indicator of vitamin A deficiency is xerophthalmia, an eye disorder that can lead to permanent blindness in children, many more suffering from vitamin A deficiency show no signs of xerophthalmia, but have a reduced ability to resist infections. Eliminating vitamin A deficiency is therefore considered critical for child and maternal health programs.

Amino acid chelates patent
Albion Human Nutrition was issued a new patent entitled “Hypoallergenic Metal Amino Acid Chelates and Metal Amino Acid Chelate Containing Compositions.” It relates to the composition, preparation, administration, and formulation of hypoallergenic metal amino acid chelates and products containing them. The chelates produced via this patented method may be able to be used by the vast majority of people reported to suffer from allergy and sensitivity problems.

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