This week: The Organic Coup grows | Enzymotec krill goes TMAO-free

New product launches, certifications and other natural products company news this week.

The Organic Coup, a USDA Certified Organic fast food restaurant, announced plans to have 10  locations by February 2017. There are currently six California locations, with four more opening in the next two months.

OmniLean, a metabolic health ingredient by OmniActive, received self-affirmed GRAS notification. 

Solix Algredients Inc. expanded its Solasta Astaxanthin product range with a new product tailored for easier handling and processing efficiency. Solasta 110 is a 10 percent natural astaxanthin oleoresin product designed to provide greater operational flexibility and cost savings to supplement, beverage and personal care product makers. 

Working with Avionos, Bear Naked Custom Granola was recently awarded the "Customer Management Award" by Consumer Goods Technology. This award is presented to "the consumer goods firm that is best leveraging technology or business process change to manage customer relationships, trade promotions, marketing and/or consumer insights."

On behalf of its 151 member and associate co-ops, National Co+op Grocers announced a $50,000 donation to Fair Food Network to support growing its healthy food incentive program to retail food co-ops nationwide. Fair Food Network is a national nonprofit pioneering solutions that support farmers, strengthen local economies and increase access to healthy food in underserved communities.

The FDA) has "no questions at this time" regarding Kemin’s submission for GRAS status for ZeaONE Zeaxanthin from marigolds (Tagetes erecta, L.), confirming its safety for use in a wide range of functional food and beverages. ZeaONE is distributed and marketed as OPTISHARP Natural through a strategic partnership with DSM Nutritional Products. Also, the Food Technologies division of Kemin now offers BactoCEASE NV OR Liquid as part of its buffered vinegar food safety solutions line. As an alternative to traditionally used synthetic preservatives, this line of buffered vinegar-based products helps manufacturers offer safe and label-friendly meat and poultry products, and is available in liquid, dry, no sodium and organic varieties.

Enzymotec has unveiled an improved grade of its K-Real krill oil, which offers enhanced levels of freshness. Produced using Enzymotec’s MSO 2.0 process, K-Real contains no trimethylamine, the volatile molecule that gives rotting fish its unpleasant smell. It is also free of trimethylamine-oxide (TMAO), a compound found in marine products that has been linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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