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Buckton Scott Named Excusive U.S. Distributor Of Betacote(TM) 20VB Vegetarian Beta Carotene

Fairfield, New Jersey, August 14, 2003 – Leo Cullen, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Buckton Scott Nutrition Inc., announced that effective August 1st the company had entered into a long-term agreement with BioDar Ltd. naming Buckton the exclusive US distributor of BetaCote™ 20VB beta caroten.

BetaCote 20VB is an innovative form of synthetic beta carotene beadlets made from USP 26 grade beta carotene. BetaCote 20VB is suitable for vegetarians because it is 100% gelatin-free and GMO-free. It is Kosher certified and tablet grade, and offers excellent stability in numerous applications. The dark red, free-flowing powder is produced through a patent pending, proprietary vegetarian formula and does not contain lactose or sugar. The beadlets have excellent tableting characteristics, and can resist pressure of up to 10 metric tons per cm2 without any beta carotene leakage.

In announcing the agreement, Mr. Cullen said, “The addition of BetaCote 20VB to our product line is an important one because the product meets a specific marketplace demand. Nutritional products that are targeted to vegetarian consumers are a growing sub-segment of the market and Buckton Scott is enthusiastic about being at the forefront of this market opportunity”.

BetaCote 20VB offers outstanding performance in single ingredient beta carotene tablets, multivitamin tablets and capsules, antioxidant formulations, multi-carotenoid combinations, and functional foods. It is produced by Biodar Advanced Coating Technologies of Yavne, Israel. Biodar offers both toll manufacturing capability and expertise in formulating various oil soluble nutritional ingredients into free-flowing dry beadlets.

Eitan Busnach, Vice President of Marketing for Biodar, adds: “Biodar is proud to introduce these new vegetarian beadlets to the American market. We decided to join forces with Buckton Scott Nutrition on BetaCote 20 VB because the product fits nicely with Buckton Scott 's current nutritional product line. Biodar believes that Buckton Scott's existing activity, reputation, and experienced sales force makes them the best choice for the introduction of this innovative product to the U.S. nutritional market”.More information about BetaCote 20VB is available at

Buckton Scott Nutrition Inc. is the U.S. office of the Buckton Scott Group, which is headquartered in Essex, England. The company also has offices in South America, Germany and China. Buckton Scott has been sourcing and supplying raw materials for over 30 years. The company’s products include amino acids, pharmaceuticals, botanical extracts, essential oils, natural supplements, vitamins and intermediates. Buckton Scott supports a wide range of customers, large and small, with the products and information they need to compete in today’s markets.

Established in 1984, Biodar Ltd. specializes in micro encapsulation and formulation of small crystals and powders. The products are widely used in the food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries. The company operates a 22,000 square foot modern facility. It includes state of the art micro encapsulation equipment for large scale production, together with pilot plants. All development and analytical work is done in Biodar's own laboratory. Quality control and quality assurance are strictly maintained to the highest standards. The company is ISO 9002 and cGMP approved.

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