TerraVia Holdings Inc. announced that it has received a generally recognized as safe (GRAS) no questions letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Algae Butter. This response paves the way for commercialization of this revolutionary structuring fat through its joint venture partner, Bunge North America. Algae Butter is a palm-free, non-hydrogenated, vegan solution for bakery, spreads and confectionery applications. It also provides clean taste and can reduce saturated fat by up to 50 percent in most applications.
Munk Pack has launched ready-to-eat Protein Cookies that are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO and packed with 18 grams of plant protein. They come in four flavors: Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia, Double Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin Spice.
New to Biotta's line of functional juices is USDA Organic Apple Beet Ginger Juice, the company's first blend of fruit and vegetable juices with a kick of ginger, the sweetness of apple and the savory taste of beets.
Nutraceutical International Corp. announced that it has acquired substantially all the assets associated with the Zhou Nutrition brand from Branson Books LLC. The purchase price was approximately $19.7 million in cash. Zhou Nutrition sells its line of 24 proprietary dietary supplement products on its own website and via other internet retailers.
Two veteran retail food executives were appointed to Alkaline Water Co.'s advisory board. Al Marasca is former president and chief operating officer at Ralphs Grocery Company, former president of the Western Association of Food Chains and former director of the Food Marketing Institute. Frank Lazaran was chairman, CEO and president of Marsh Supermarkets, and previous to that was CEO, president and director of Winn-Dixie Stores.
KeHE Distributors celebrated the grand opening of its newest LEED-certified distribution center in Douglasville, Georgia, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the 450,000-square-foot facility on April 12. The facility employs energy-efficient practices, including HVAC system and lighting, and has 100,000 square feet of dedicated freezer and cooler space. It replaces KeHE’s former facility in Kennesaw.
In continuing efforts to focus on targeted growth segments and strengthen global presence, OmniActive Health Technologies has hired Johan Kamphuis as president, Global Business. Kamphuis brings diverse business development and leadership experience, having spent the last 34 years working in the functional foods and dietary supplement industries with companies including Bioriginal Food & Science Corp, DSM and Gist Brocades. Kamphuis most recently served as executive vice president at Bioriginal.
Firmenich appointed Jerry Vittoria as head of Fine Fragrances worldwide. He will replace Olivier de Lisle, who is retiring. Vittoria joined Firmenich in London in 1990 as account director before becoming general manager for fragrances in the United Kingdom. In 2001 he moved to the U.S. and took on roles of increasing responsibility with Firmenich, culminating in president, Fine Fragrance North America, in 2010.