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Neptune Technologies and Marine Life Sciences Enter Worldwide Distribution Alliance With Weider Global Nutrition

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. ("Neptune") (NASDAQ.NEPT - TSX.V.NTB) reported today that it entered a worldwide alliance with Marine Life Sciences who has entered into an agreement with Weider Global Nutrition for the distribution of dietary supplements and functional food products in the global nutraceutical market.

Neptune has developed in collaboration with Salt Lake City-based Marine Life Sciences functional custom-built combinations of proprietary marine ingredients, to be commercialized under the trademark APO3™. APO3™ contains Neptune Krill Oil (NKO®) and Alpha-3 CMP(tm), a concentrated marine algae phytoplankton, and will be commercialized as a dietary supplement and as a functional ingredient in a new functional food product line. Weider Global Nutrition, credited as the founder of the sports nutrition market and recognized through its magazines with 38 million readers worldwide, is pursuing the initial launch through the Food, Drug, Mass and Club channels. Only for the U.S., the dietary supplement market is estimated at US$22.5 billion and the functional food market at US$31.4 billion.1

"The launch of Neptune's first functional food product in the market constitutes a major achievement of a critical milestone in the Company's functional food research and development program. This alliance adds strategically to our recent alliances anounced during the last fiscal quarter and puts the Company ahead of schedule for its functional food market entrance," said Dr. Tina Sampalis, Chief Scientific Officer of Neptune. "It is extremely exciting to have created in collaboration with our partners the first functional food product containing in one serving all the vital nutrients of the base food chain with clinically proven ingredients at therapeutic doses," she added.

The combination of Neptune Krill Oil, a krill zooplankton, with Alpha-3, an algae phytoplankton, provides consumers with the first and only total plankton extract (APO3™) in the functional food and dietary supplement markets. Therefore APO3™ sets a new standard in the premium nutraceutical market. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) functionalized on phospholipids combined with potent antioxidants and minerals work in synergy offering significant health and athletic performance benefits.

"We are very excited to be the exclusive provider of APO3™, the NKO® and Alpha-3 CMP(tm) formulation, and entering the market with products containing ingredients which are clinically proven to target major consumer health concerns," said Mr. Bill Robbs, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Marine Life Sciences. "We believe that combining the best marine bioactive ingredients will synergistically enhance the benefits of existing formulations and future products, making the Weider family of products better than any other products in the market and deliver significant consumer health benefits," he added.

"We are fortunate to be partners in bringing to market, what we feel, is the most significant addition to the nutrition category since Glucosamine and Chondroitin over 12-years ago," states Lyndon Johnson, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Weider Global Nutrition. Mr. Johnson also states, "We will selectively launch our products in the Vitamins-Minerals-Supplements Category for the Food, Drug, Mass and Club channels, a U.S. market estimated at US$14.5 billion, and the Functional Food Category, where we will support both Branded and Store Brands from day one."

"We are pleased to partner with a company such as Marine Life Sciences which shares our values and dedication for developing innovative, safe and effective products meeting rigorous quality standards. Weider is a partner of choice for Marine Life Sciences and Neptune, because of its leadership position in the health and fitness industry with brand recognition and impeccable reputation in more than 120 countries," said Dr. Toni Rinow, Corporate Development and Investor Relations of Neptune.

NKO® is a proprietary phospholipid omega-3 composition extracted from Antarctic Krill and patented for its extraction process, composition and for its medicinal use. NKO®'s safety and health benefits have been demonstrated by clinical studies in hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), premenstrual syndroms, inflammation and arthritic disease. The development of several functional food product lines as well as pharmaceutical product opportunities for three pharmaceutical markets including the over-the-counter, the prescription medical food and prescription drug market are currently underway.

1 NBJ 2006 Industry Report

About Neptune Technologies
Neptune researches and develops proprietary bioactive ingredients and products for nutraceutical and pharmaceutical applications and is carrying out clinical research to show the therapeutic benefits in various medical indications. The Company patents and protects its innovations and continuously expands its intellectual property portfolio. Neptune has already obtained many regulatory approvals allowing commercialization of its products in various geographic markets and has filed for and is expecting additional approvals. Neptune continues to strongly support its strategic development plan to form partnership with worldwide leaders in the nutraceutical industries. Neptune signed agreements with Nestlé and Yoplait, worldwide leading food manufacturers, and paved its entrance into the global functional food market.

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Chr. Hansen Inaugurates World's Largest Dairy Culture Plant

“As the Minister of Food I welcome a production unit that produces natural ingredients for healthy foods, and I am also pleased to note that Chr. Hansen has chosen to place the new state-of-the art factory in Denmark generating jobs and strengthening the scientific and technical know-how profile Denmark needs to build on in the global competition,” said Eva Kjer Hansen, Danish Minister of Food, in her inauguration speech.

The new plant, built in only 15 months, is an investment in the future and will support the growth and commercial success of the company. Chr. Hansen is already today the world’s leading supplier of dairy cultures for the global food industry.

”Dairy cultures are our largest area of business representing two thirds of our total turnover. We have seen continuing positive sales for quite some time, and lately the growth has exceeded all our expectations with present growth rates at 12-15%. This investment makes it possible for us to supply the global market with high quality products farsightedly, fast and flexibly”, says Lars Frederiksen, CEO, Chr. Hansen.

Yoghurt for all of Europe
The new plant is able to produce dairy cultures to cover the total yoghurt production in Europe, which amounts to approximately 10 million tons annually.
It contains state-of-the-art technology and builds on high-level know-how.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to further optimize and improve the expertise and competencies that the Chr. Hansen culture business is renowned for. We are an innovative company that has provided the market with several popular solutions. As of today 20% of the culture business turnover comes from products younger than three years old. The new plant will help us sustain this and keep us on the cutting edge,” says Knud Vindfeldt, Executive Vice President, Cultures & Enzymes Division, Chr. Hansen.

At present Chr. Hansen has culture production sites in France, Germany, USA and Denmark.

Pacific® Almond Beverages Go Organic

Industry reports show consistent growth in organic food and beverages and Pacific® Natural Foods is responding to this high demand for organic beverages by converting its entire all-natural non-dairy Almond Beverage line to organic, becoming the only brand in the marketplace with a full line of organic non-dairy almond beverages.

The complete line includes: Organic Almond Original, Organic Almond Vanilla, Organic Almond Unsweetened Original and Organic Almond Unsweetened Vanilla in 32oz aseptic containers; and Organic Almond Chocolate and Organic Almond Vanilla in 8 oz. four packs. The suggested retail prices for the 8 oz. four packs are $3.49-$3.99 and the 32 oz. beverages are priced at $2.49-$2.99.

Kevin Tisdale, director of marketing at Pacific Natural Foods, said the new Organic Almond Beverages are a natural progression for the company – a leading manufacturer of non-dairy, alternative beverages.

“Our customers are seeking not only alternatives to dairy, but they want products made with quality organic ingredients,” Tisdale said. “Several industry studies support our commitment to offering innovative products that taste great and are healthier, Certified to the Source™ and organic.

For example, the Organic Trade Association reported that the U.S. organic industry grew 21 percent to $17.7 billion in consumer sales in 2006. Last year, sales increased for food and beverages to $20 billion. A recent Mintel consumer survey also found that just more than half of all Americans said they have purchased organic foods in the past year, while more than a quarter bought organic beverages.

All of Pacific Natural Foods’ products are made with fresh, wholesome, all-natural and organic ingredients that are Certified to the Source™; ensuring that all ingredients meet the highest standards for safety, health and quality. The proprietary Certified to the Source™ certification program guarantees those standards by working with suppliers to identify ingredient sources and track the history of each ingredient from seed to shelf.

Founded in 1987, Pacific Natural Foods is a recognized leader in natural foods and its mission is to be the most respected brand in natural products. From the founder’s office at the company headquarters in Tualatin, Oregon, to the factory floor, from Pacific Natural Foods’ organic farms to retailers’ shelves, the company is committed to building a business that is widely respected. Through its commitment to The Delicious Taste of Nature™, Pacific Natural Foods is dedicated to helping families and individuals live healthier, more vital and rewarding lives. The company’s products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada in mainstream grocery and natural food stores. For more information, visit

D.D. Williamson Hires Greg Kreder In Science and Innovation

D.D. Williamson announces the hiring of Greg Kreder as Product Development Scientist for the Support Center in Louisville.

“Having Greg on our team further strengthens our customers’ confidence in our proven performance to offer new color solutions,” said Margaret Lawson, Vice President, Science and Innovation. “We’re confident he will excel in his new role to create product innovation through science,” added Lawson.

\Kreder brings 18 years of experience in the brewing industry, where he worked in product development and research projects. Kreder earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Southern Illinois University.

Every day more than 1.5 billion servings of food and beverages containing D.D. Williamson coloring is consumed around the world. D.D. Williamson improves the allure of foods and beverages through visual appeal. A trusted and recognized provider of color solutions for the food and beverage industry, the company operates eleven manufacturing sites on five continents. The world leader in caramel color offers a broad spectrum of natural coloring, including colorMaker™ custom blends. Visit for more information. Relaunches, Provides Visitors With Immune HealthInformation

Embria(R) Health Sciences, a raw material manufacturer of science-backed natural ingredients, today launched its newly-redesigned Web site,, to better inform manufacturers, health care practitioners and consumers about the company and its ingredient offerings.

The site now includes a complete research library supporting the company's all-natural ingredient, EpiCor(R), an immune-balancing high- metabolite immunogen, as well as an extensive immune health component, wherein visitors can learn more about the immune system in general, take health surveys and connect with medical experts. A new Corporate Wellness section discusses EpiCor's role in professional wellness programs. In addition to the updated content, the site is even more user-friendly with the integration of improved navigational tools and a simpler layout. The home page displays a gallery containing interactive graphics and a permanent navigating sidebar highlighting current news and events.

"This Web site is an integral part of our effort to keep existing and potential customers up-to-date on not only new research on EpiCor, but also any immune health developments in general," stated Cheryl Sturm, director of marketing for Embria Health Sciences, "The new content on the site gives manufacturers, healthcare practitioners and consumers access to information specific to their needs, whether that's new study results, industry updates, distribution contacts or links to retail outlets."

About Embria Health Sciences:
Embria Health Sciences,, combines science and nature to bring high-quality, research-based natural ingredients to the global human nutrition market. Embria's key product is manufactured using a proprietary technology, which produces vital metabolites that deliver nutritional benefits and support increased bioavailability. A recently published study found Embria's all-natural ingredient, the immune-balancing high-metabolite immunogen EpiCor, to significantly decrease the incidence and duration of cold and flu symptoms.

Organic Alliance, Inc. Plans to Have USDA Certified Grass Fed Organic Beef Available to Customers This Fall

Organic Alliance, Inc., announced today that USDA Certified Grass Fed Organic Beef will be available to OAI customers this fall. Grass fed Organic Beef has up to three times the Amino 3 levels vs. Corn Fed Beef, which is much better for the consumer's digestive track.

The modern meat-centered diets of the wealthy nations feature highly processed foods and feedlot animals replete with chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics. Specifically, organics have a different mix of fats, with far more of the omega-3 fatty acids that help keep arteries clean, maintain modest body weight, and build the immunity system. Benefits of organic beef eliminate refined carbohydrates and poor-quality meats in diets.

About Organic Alliance:
Organic Alliance plans to become one of the world's leading providers of USDA certified organic foods and crops to many of the nation's leading consumer package companies and food processors, as well as some of the largest national food grocery chains out there. Organic Alliance sources top quality, safe tested and certified organic produce at the source -- prior to customer shipment, utilizing USDA certification in conjunction with the in-house OAI Quality Team. Company CEO Tom Morrison was CEO of Superior Farming, formerly one of the largest corporate farms and organic farming operations in the world before being acquired by Sun World International and later Black Diamond Capital Management. For more information, please visit

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Peter Wennström leads the debate on Functional & Health Food

The Healthy Foods European Summit will be held October 6-7 at Royal Horseguards Hotel in London. For a personal invitation from Peter Wennstrom, click here.

Killer stress

Stress Portrait of a Killer We know. We hear it every day. Stress is bad—very bad—for us. It sends cortisol and adrenaline coursing through our bodies and, unchecked, causes adrenal fatigue, makes us age faster, and contributes to some pretty major health problems, such as heart disease. So why can't we just turn off the switch? Stanford's Robert Saplosky, who has studied stress in mammals for decades, addresses that question in tonight's National Geographic special airing on PBS. Watch a short intro and check out your local listings at the Stress: Portrait of a Killer website.

O Organics™ Debuts Grocery Retail Industry's Most Comprehensive Line of USDA Certified Organic Supplements

O Organics, one of the country's largest organic brands by retail sales, announced today the launch of O Organics Supplements, the mainstream grocery retail industry's most comprehensive line of USDA certified organic supplements. Featuring popular supplements including Vitamin C, Calcium and St. John's Wort, the 12 SKU line brings additional depth to O Organics' extensive product portfolio of affordable, high quality organic offerings. Available in Safeway supermarkets beginning today, O Organics Supplements will be rolling out across additional retailers nationwide during 2009.

The Supplements line represents the latest step in the evolution of the O Organics brand, growing from an initial launch of 30 products in 2005 to a multi-category lifestyle solution of over 300 USDA certified organic products with offerings in every aisle of the supermarket. Supported by a multi-million dollar consumer marketing campaign to drive traffic to its retailers, O Organics offers supermarket chains and food service organizations a complete and proven solution to quickly and easily implement a comprehensive organic strategy across their organizations.

"As one of the retail world's fastest growing product segments, the organic sector is rapidly outgrowing its niche status and becoming a mainstream staple with strong, across-the-board demand from the many shoppers who are looking for healthier, more environmentally friendly options," said Sheetal Khanna, Director of Brand Strategy for Global Brands at Lucerne Foods Inc. "We're continually developing new products to best serve this fast-changing market and the O Organics Supplements line delivers exactly the type of simple, effective and affordable solutions these consumers desire."

The 12 organic supplements initially available from the O Organics Supplements line are Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Cranberry, Echinacea, Echinacea & Golden Seal, Garlic, Ginseng, St. John's Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, Saw Palmetto and Green Tea. Made from the highest-quality organic ingredients, O Organics is able to leverage the national resources of the recently formed Better Living Brands(TM) Alliance to offer the new supplements at affordable prices while minimizing the impact on the environment.

About O Organics
O Organics is one of the nation's largest organic brands by retail sales and offers consumers and retailers a complete, multi-category lifestyle solution with over 300 products in 30+ categories. Launched in October 2005, O Organics offers a complete range of the highest quality organic foods at prices that are in reach of everyday shoppers. Available in mainstream grocers, O Organic simplifies the shopping experience by allowing consumers to take care of all their organic and conventional food needs in a single location. Additionally, the brand has been recognized as one of the key players transforming the organic sector from niche to mainstream by making great-tasting organic foods affordable and widely available to consumers nationwide.

About Better Living Brands(TM) Alliance
Better Living Brands Alliance is a group of world-class food and beverage manufacturing, marketing and distribution companies formed to meet consumer demand and fuel consistent growth in consumption of organic and health and wellness foods and beverages. The Better Living Brands Alliance mission is to help consumers live better lives everyday by offering brands that delight.

Farmer Recognized For Vision of First Organic Dairy Brand

The largest trade association for the natural and organic products industry, the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA), honoured those individuals who have made significant contributions to the sector with the CHFA People of Excellence Awards, September 13, 2008.

The most prestigious awards, the CHFA Hall of Fame Award and the CHFA Organics Achievement Award, were presented to two long-time advocates of health and well-being.

The CHFA Hall of Fame Award was presented to a natural health retailer Leo Schafer of Unity, SK. Known as Doctor Schafer, he is considered a pioneer in the art of alternative healing on a local, national and international scale. Dr. Schafer was also a founding member of the CHFA when the Association started in 1964.

The CHFA Organics Achievement Award was presented to Ted Zettel, the president of Organic Meadow Inc. Today Organic Meadow products have become a national entity sold coast to coast but it was only 19 years ago, when in 1989, a group of organic farmers, including Mr. Zettel, formed a cooperative, OntarBio Organic Farmers Cooperative. Little did these organic farmers know OntarBio would go on to become Organic Meadow, the label that now leads the market on a national scale.

The CHFA People of Excellence Awards took place during Expo East 2008, September 11-14, the largest conference and trade show in Canada for the natural and organic products industry featuring more than 550 exhibiting companies with the latest in natural and organic products for home, health, and planet.

Preliminary numbers show that this year’s conference and trade show increased its attendance by 11 per cent over the last show underlining the increased interest in the fast growing market health and nutrition.

The Canadian Health Food Association ( is Canada’s largest national trade association dedicated to the natural and organic products industry. Our members represent the entire supply chain including growers, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and importers involved in a variety of industry sub-sectors such as vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal products, homeopathics, sports nutrition products, natural and organic foods, fibres and health and beauty aids. CHFA member products support Canadians seeking optimal health and well-being.

List of winners of the CHFA People of Excellence Awards at Expo East 2008 include:

CHFA Hall of Fame Award

Leo Schafer

CHFA Organics Achievement Award

Ted Zettel

Rising Star

Healthy By Choice Natural Products, Bradford, ON

Spotlight Award Environmental – Retailer

Avril Supermarché Santé, Granby, QC

Spotlight Award Environmental – Supplier

Sequel Naturals Ltd., Port Coquitlam, BC

Preferred Nutrition Award for Excellence in Retail Sales

Luna Curle, Planet Organic, Calgary, AB

Jack Gahler Memorial Award for Excellence in Inside Sales

Guylaine Blanchet, SISU, Burnaby, BC

Jack Gahler Memorial Award for Excellence in Field Sales

Jeremy Stewart, Natural Factors, Coquitlam, BC

CHFA Brock Elliott Memorial Award for Retailing Excellence

Harmony Whole Foods, Orangeville, ON

CHFA Supplier of Excellence Award

Body Plus Nutritional Products Inc., Toronto, ON

Gordon Storie of Memorial Bursary

Daniel Madrid, Nutrition Works, Winnipeg, MB

Exhibitor Awards

CHFA Exhibitors Award – Large Booth

Sequel Naturals Ltd., Port Coquitlam, BC

CHFA Exhibitors Award – Medium Booth

Abundance Marketing, Stoney Creek, ON

CHFA Exhibitors Award – Small Booth

vivi mind, Laval, QC