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BI Nutraceuticals Steps Up Green Efforts – Overhauls Packaging to Significantly Reduce Waste

BI Nutraceuticals has reduced the size of its finished goods shipping box, which will result in saving nearly three quarters of a million pounds of wood per year. By shaving one inch off the height of the box, BI can now stack its shipping pallets two boxes high and still fit in a standard 48-inch rack position. This reduces the need for one wooden pallet for every 450 kgs of finished goods shipped, an annual reduction of 15,000 pallets or three quarters of a million pounds of wood per year.

"This packaging overhaul is not about going green for the sake of going green, but rather putting in place processes that reflect BI's corporate philosophy to utilize environmentally-friendly business practices that help protect and preserve our natural resources and provide continued benefits to our customers," noted George Pontiakos, President and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. "This initiative saves trees, reduces fuel costs required during shipping and helps our customers more effectively store our ingredients, since a pallet can now hold twice as much BI product."

BI currently uses an environmentally friendly, high-heat, low-moisture steam sterilization process, Protexx HP(R), to sterilize all of its raw materials. Protexx HP is certified organic and leaves no potentially hazardous bi-products. BI will continue to evaluate its current processes and procedures to determine additional ways in which the company can reduce its overall environmental footprint.

About BI Nutraceuticals:
BI Nutraceuticals 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. Since 2002, BI has been an innovator in steam sterilization and the company's Protexx HP(R) process is currently the industry's only species-specific, organic sterilization method. 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. For more information,

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