LONG BEACH, Calif., February 20, 2008 - BI Nutraceuticals, the leading supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for more than 30 years, has named CK Foods as the company's exclusive distributor for Eastern Canada, specifically the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. CK Foods will distribute BI's library of more than 700 ingredient offerings, including high quality beverage extracts such as acai and goji berry, functional food offerings including psyllium and dietary supplement ingredients including the company's branded rosemary extracts RoseOx(R) and Rossentia(R).
"CK Foods is a well-established, highly respected raw material supplier in Canada, and we expect that this partnership will allow us to not only effectively reach Canada's numerous food, beverage and nutraceutical manufacturers, but also provide added growth for our already expanding business in the region," stated George Pontiakos, President and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. "BI continues to experience tremendous success internationally as product manufacturers worldwide demand, and we deliver, ingredients that have been sourced from the highest-quality materials, tested to ensure proper species identity and steam sterilized to eliminate potential contaminants while preserving color, flavor and bioactive components."
C.K. Foods Inc., and its nutritional raw materials division CK Nutritional Ingredients, was formed in 1982 as a distributor of baking ingredients, as has evolved over the years to become a trusted supplier of trend-setting functional and nutritional ingredient solutions to food, beverage, dietary supplement and natural health products companies across Canada. The company is firmly committed to offering industry-leading formulation assistance and generous product sampling, as well as proven expertise in concept design, product and applications development. For more information visit www.ckfoods.com.
BI Nutraceuticals, with facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Long Island, NY, Boonton, NJ and Suzhou and Shanghai China, is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including whole herb powders and teas, standardized and drug ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metal, pesticide and irradiation testing. All herbal powder ingredients are also tested under the company's Identilok(R) species identification process. The company has also developed a proprietary process, UltraHD(R), which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. Additionally, BI Nutraceuticals offers steam sterilization via the company's Protexx HP(R) process. For more information visit www.binutraceuticals.com.
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