Five Companies Join CRN --Two New Directors Welcomed to The Board

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 5, 2003 - The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), one of the dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations, announced the addition of five new member companies: Bioriginal Food & Science Corp. of Saskatchewan, Canada; Merical Vita-Pak, Inc. of Anaheim, Calif.; NuLiv Science Inc. with U.S. headquarters in City of Industry, Calif.; Nutrinova, a Frankfurt, Germany-based company; and Nurture, Inc. of Devon, Pa.

In addition, the CRN Board of Directors recently welcomed two new board members: Samuel Caster of Mannatech, Inc. and Mike Vaughan of Nashai Biotech, LLC.

"It is gratifying to know that as an association we are doing the kinds of things that attract companies who want to be a part of CRN and that encourage industry executives to serve on our board. Our members make us visible and strong, and together we can build a better industry," said Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., president, CRN.

Benoit Cossart has resigned his position on the CRN Board of Directors. After 10 years with Rhodia, a CRN member, Mr. Cossart has accepted a position with another company. CRN thanks Mr. Cossart for his many years of service to CRN and the dietary supplement industry and wishes him success in his new position.

Bioriginal Food & Science Corp., already a member of the CRN Omega-3 Working Group, is a producer and marketer of a core product line of oils high in essential fatty acids processed from a variety of sources, including borage, evening primrose, black currant, flax and fish.

NuLiv Science Inc. is a science and research-based nutraceutical company with expertise in the identification, development and production of active, naturally occurring ingredients and novel formulated products.

Nurture, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets oat ingredients based on its proprietary extraction technologies for oat grains. Its patented ingredients are used in a variety of applications for cardiovascular health, glucose management, weight management and personal care.

Nutrinova, an international supplier of specialty ingredients for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, markets a high intensity sweetener, and is also one of the world's largest producers of potassium sorbate and sorbic acid. In addition, Nutrinova is active in the market for omega-3 fatty acids and is a member of the CRN Omega-3 Working Group.

Merical Vita-Pak, Inc. provides custom packaging services for the vitamin, herbal, nutritional and pharmaceutical markets. One of the largest custom contract packagers in the Western United States, Merical Vita-Pak prides itself on its high quality standards and packaging versatility.

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