Cargill Introduces OptaFlex™;The First North American-Source of Solvent-Free Chondroitin Sulfate

New OptaFlex™ is premium quality white, low odor product

MINNEAPOLIS – November 11, 2002 – Cargill Health and Food Technologies (H&FT) announces the breakthrough development of OptaFlex™-- the first solvent-free chondroitin sulfate derived from 100 percent North American sources.
“We are extremely excited to launch this highly unique and valuable product. Through proprietary technology we are able to produce this natural chondroitin sulfate without the use of traditional solvents,” said Ted Ziemann, president of Cargill Health & Food Technologies. Steve Snyder, director sales & marketing, H&FT, said: “OptaFlex™ is an innovative product that will provide a point of differentiation for our customers. We believe dietary supplement manufacturers will recognize the value a North American sourced, solvent-free premium chondroitin sulfate can bring to their products.”
“Chondroitin sulfate/glucosamine has been the number one [selling] specialty supplement for the past five years, according to the Nutrition Business Journal Supplement Business Report 2002,” said Roberta Rosenberg, director of marketing research, H&FT. “OptaFlex™ will complement Cargill’s Regenasure™, a non-shellfish glucosamine product being launched next year.”
Cargill Health & Food Technologies, based in Minneapolis, is a leading developer, processor and marketer of science-based, healthy ingredients for food and dietary supplements worldwide. It is a business unit of Cargill, Incorporated, an international marketer, processor and distributor of agricultural, food, financial and industrial products and services with 97,000 employees in 59 countries. Cargill provides distinctive customer solutions in supply chain management, food applications, and health and nutrition.


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