COLUMBIA, Md., Aug 27, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- DHA omega-3 innovator Martek Biosciences announced today that its patented, vegetarian form of DHA omega-3, life'sDHA(TM), will be featured in new Ricos(R) Cheese Sauce. Sold to schools throughout the USA, the cheese sauce will provide 32 mg of DHA per serving in the standard foodservice packaging of #10 cans, 15 oz. cans and 140 oz. pouches. A 3.5 oz. single serve cup which contains 50 mg of DHA will also be offered.
"This product breaks new ground for Martek's life'sDHA(TM) on two fronts," said Steve Dubin, Martek's CEO. "First, by being a foodservice product and second, by being our initial offering in the school foodservice market."
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) omega-3 is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that serves as a primary building block for the brain and the eyes and supports brain, eye and cardiovascular health throughout life. There is a large and growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that people of all ages, from infants to aging adults, benefit from an adequate supply of DHA omega-3 in their diets. Scientific reviews have noted the importance of DHA omega-3 in proper brain and eye function, and there are studies currently underway to investigate its role in decreasing the prevalence of certain neurological disorders. Yet despite its importance, Americans have among the lowest dietary intakes of DHA omega-3 in the world.
Martek's life'sDHA(TM) is unique in the market because it is derived from a sustainable and vegetarian source. Made from microalgae under tightly controlled manufacturing conditions, life'sDHA(TM) is free of oceanic contaminants that may be present in certain fish or fish oils. Microalgae are the only vegetarian source of DHA omega-3, the key omega-3 for brain and eye development and function.
Ricos Products Company, located in San Antonio, Texas, is the originator of concession nachos and a premier supplier of snack foods around the globe. As a global customer service oriented company, Ricos offers a full line of snack foods to over 40 countries. Their products can be found in schools, theatres, stadiums, amusement parks, restaurants, hotels, pubs, airports, snack bars, etc. and are also available at retail outlets such as club stores, grocery stores and convenience stores.
Martek Biosciences Corporation (NASDAQ: MATK) is a leader in the innovation and development of DHA omega-3 products that promote health and wellness through every stage of life. The company produces life'sDHA(TM), a sustainable and vegetarian source of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), for use in foods, beverages, infant formula, and supplements. The company also produces life'sARA(TM) (arachidonic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid, from a sustainable, vegetarian source, for use in infant formula. For more information on Martek Biosciences Corporation, visit http://www.martek.com.
Sections of this release contain forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon numerous assumptions which Martek cannot control and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ. These statements should be understood in light of the risk factors set forth in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2006 and other filed reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-K/A, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.