Functional foods industry company news

Embria taps VP of sales
Embria Health Sciences appointed Scott Steinford to vice president of sales. Steinford will be responsible for the evaluation and structure of Embria's global strategic sales plan as well as the identification of appropriate distribution and channel partners. He will also manage the sales activities of all existing and forthcoming products. Most recently, Steinford was president of ZMC-Kougen USA, a supplier of pharmaceutical and nutritional ingredients.

CoroWise available in Europe
International provider of food and agricultural products, Cargill, is making its trademarked CoroWise products available to the European market. Launched in the United States in 2003, these plant sterols are cholesterol-lowering ingredients that can be added to foods and beverages. They have been approved for use in the EU in a variety of foods, including yellow fat spreads, yoghurt-type products, milk-based drinks, dressings, mayonnaise, cheese-type products, spicy sauces and rye bread.

L-Tyrosine innovation
Kyowa Hakko has developed the world's first fermentation-based method for the commercial production of L-Tyrosine. The company plans to start full-scale production in 2007. L-Tyrosine is an amino acid, which are the building blocks of proteins. L-Tyrosine is used as a nutritional ingredient, such as in amino-acid infusions and enteral nutritional products (medical foods). Due to reports that it alleviates the symptoms of stress, it is also used as an ingredient in dietary supplements and health foods.

Product earns USP certification
Pacific Rainbow International has received USP certification from US Pharmacopeia for its chondroitin sulfate sodium (bovine) product. The chondroitin sulphate is manufactured in China by Yantai Dongcheng Biochemicals Co, the first manufacturing facility in that country to receive the USP certification for its chondroitin sulphate product line.

Facility expansion in Alaska
Denali BioTechnologies has completed phase one of its 6,100-square-foot, nutraceutical-manufacturing facility in Kenai, Alaska. Construction on the $2.4 million first phase began in February and included the installation of new equipment such as the Refractance Window Dryer (RWD), only the 27th placement worldwide. The RWD process uses proprietary heat transfer technology to gently, efficiently and cost-effectively remove moisture from delicate ingredients to preserve the product colour, flavour, aroma, nutrients and texture.

Beneo approved as dietary fibre
ORAFTI Active Food Ingredients has attained approval for the classification of Beneo inulin as a dietary fibre for labelling purposes in Canada. Canada's Health Products and Food Branch approved the classification. ORAFTI produces and markets chicory-based food ingredients Beneo inulin and oligofructose. The company has pioneered throughout the world the classification of inulin and oligofructose as dietary fibre, and established, through scientific research, that inulin does belong to the dietary-fibre complex.

EPAX enters Australian market
After 18 months of working closely with its Australian distributor Pathway International, EPAX AS, a supplier of omega-3 concentrates, has been granted regulatory approval from Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration. This approval allows EPAX's range of omega-3 oils to be used in complementary medicine products in Australia.

Website for food science
IFIS Publishing has launched a free educational website at Targeted at researchers, food-science professionals and students, the site aims to help develop the skills required to find and use food-science information effectively. Use of the site requires no fees, registration or log-in procedure.

Soft-gel manufacturer expands
Robinson Pharma (RPI) has finished its Phase II manufacturing and production facility expansion in California. RPI has added nine of the industry's newest state-of-the-art, jumbo-capacity soft-gel machines, each fitted with continuous drying capacity. With 19 soft-gel lines, the company now offers the largest potential production volume of any contract soft-gel manufacturer in North America.

Parsons joins Frutarom
Global supplier to the food, beverage, flavour, fragrance and pharmaceutical industries, Frutarom, has appointed George Parsons as an account executive, serving existing and new flavour, fragrance and consumer-packaged-goods customers in the Northeast. Parsons brings substantial experience to his new position. Previously, he held senior sales positions at Tilley Chemical, DSM Food Specialties, Elite Spice Company, FIDCO and Durkee Industrial Foods.

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