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Functional ingredients industry news | November 2007

Israeli-Spanish agreement
Israeli company Galam Group, a leading supplier of non-GMO Crystalline Fructose (Fruitose) in Europe, has reached an agreement with the Spanish leader in the liquid fructose and liquid sugars market, Atomer S.L., to take a majority participation in the company. In 2004, Galam Group set up Eurosweet, a subsidiary located in Germany, in the field of liquid sweet blends for the food and beverage industries. The investment in Atomer S.L. reinforces Galam Group?s presence in Europe in the liquid blends market.

XenomisXenomis signs pact with Harvard
Xenomis LLC of Pittsburgh has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Harvard Medical School for proprietary science that will assist in the development of nutraceutical products. Under the terms of the agreement, Harvard will receive downstream royalties and equity. Xenomis was formed in 2005 to pursue nutraceutical products containing Xeno Factors, based upon new science from a Harvard Medical School license, plus proprietary Australian Extraction technology. Numerous studies of Xeno Factors suggest major health benefits, including longevity, endurance and enhanced memory. Xenomis products are rich in highly concentrated polyphenols, equivalent to 50-100 bottles of red wine, without the alcohol.



GOEDOmega-3 grant given to Purdue
The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, or GOED, has funded a grant to Purdue University for the founding of the International Omega-3 Learning and Education Consortium for Health and Medicine. The consortium will be directed by Dr Bruce Watkins and will be responsible to reach out to educators, healthcare professionals, consumers and the media with information on omega-3 fatty acids and how they are beneficial for health. For more information, visit or contact Lindsay Wright at +1 (801) 746-1413.





Barry CallebautCocoa processing company purchased
Barry Callebaut, a leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has signed an agreement to acquire Food Processing International, a cocoa processing company in Eddystone near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. FPI owns a factory with a capacity for cocoa liquor production of 25,000 metric tonnes per year. Financed by a group of private investors, the factory began production in 2006 and is now fully operational. Barry Callebaut?s ACTICOA products have been specially formulated to maximize polyphenol and antioxidant content of the cocoa.





CorazonasCompact for heart-healthy snacks
Corazonas Foods has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Brandeis University to utilise their technology to create several new categories of heart-healthy snacks. Brandeis? technology allows high levels of plant sterols to be incorporated into snack foods while retaining the product?s flavour. The technology makes natural plant sterols biologically available in oils at concentrations of 2 to 25 per cent, enabling them to effectively block cholesterol absorption and reduce LDL levels.





Kyowa Hakko names VP of sales
Leo Cullen, long-time nutraceutical industry veteran, has joined Kyowa Hakko USA as vice president of sales and marketing of the Bio-Chemicals Group. Based in New York, Cullen will focus on expansion of Kyowa Hakko USA business, including organizing sales and marketing activities and focusing on speciality business areas.



BioGaiaBioGaia distribution in northern Europe
BioGaia has signed an agreement with Sunstar Suisse SA, which gives the company exclusive rights to distribute BioGaia's probiotic oral health products in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Sunstar Suisse already distributes BioGaia's oral health products in Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The goal in Sweden, Norway and Denmark is to sell the products through pharmacies and dental clinics. The products will be sold under Sunstar's brand G.U.M. Periobalance, with a clear BioGaia profile.



Kent WoodNew president at XanGo
Kent Wood has been named president of XanGo, LLC. Wood, a founding executive, most recently served as president of operations for the Utah-based company that distributes its XanGo Juice in the US and 18 international markets. Wood will also serve as chairman of the company?s Executive Committee.





Quality SealNew FiberAid quality seal
Lonza is extending its new branding concept to its prebiotic fibre ingredient, FiberAid. Earlier this year, Lonza introduced a new seal and branding concept for its Carnipure ingredient. The new FiberAid quality seal is graphically in line with the Carnipure seal, which has been tested with end consumers and rated as trustworthy, high quality and modern. Both the FiberAid and the Carnipure quality seals can be used on end consumer products.





Therese MansellNew president at National Enzyme
National Enzyme has appointed Terese Mansell to serve as president. Mansell is a six-year veteran of the company and as director of sales and marketing has led the firm to record sales. As president, she will be responsible for the company's day-to-day operations, and will work closely with the company's founder and CEO, Anthony Collier.





PeptoProProducts for Dutch Olympians
A year before the Olympics in China, DSM and the Dutch Olympic Committee/Dutch Sports Federation (NOC*NSF) have unveiled two innovations in the field of sports nutrition. PeptoPro powder and a special grade of Lafti for athletes will be made available to the Dutch Olympic team in the run-up to and during the Olympics. The Lafti grade has been developed exclusively for the athletes. The products are the first in a series of innovations that DSM is developing for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.




New Arista office in South Carolina
Arista Industries, a supplier of marine and vegetable oils, has opened its new South East Sales Office in South Carolina. Michelle Coluccio, an industry professional with 12 years of experience, will manage the new office, and be responsible for sales and service for the areas of North Carolina to Florida through Missouri to Louisiana. Coluccio will serve Arista customers for all product and sales issues: michellec or 843 717 4590.


Frutarom's Innovation CenterFrutarom opens Innovation Center
The new Innovation Center of Frutarom Switzerland has been completed. The facility includes conference rooms; flavour analysis and flavour-creation areas; sensor technology; and the application-related confectionery, baked goods and beverages departments. With the interaction of colours, shapes and light, the green cube building aims to create an inspiring environment, which continues into a 1,500-square-metre park with art installations.


GOED grows to 40 members
The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, or GOED, announced that its membership now stands at 40 companies. ?One year ago, 12 companies joined together to found the trade association. Its goal is to maintain the growth of the markets for omega-3 products by educating consumers, health care professionals and governmental bodies about the benefits of the fatty acids. ?


Edouard BrochuProbiotics pioneer passes on
Edouard Brochu, a pioneer in probiotics and cofounder of Institut Rosell, died in July at the age of 96. An agronomist and microbiologist born in Quebec, Brochu dedicated his career to the development of lactic acid and probiotic bacteria, and the investigation of their health benefits. In 1932, he co-founded with four colleagues the Institut Rosell. He was its president or general manager between 1944 and 1988. Institut Rosell is today the Human Health and Nutrition Division of Lallemand.


InterHealth names sales manager
InterHealth Nutraceuticals has appointed Christopher Hoover as its Western region sales manager, US and Canada. Prior to joining InterHealth, Hoover held several sales-management positions for companies that produced a wide variety of nutraceuticals. Most recently he served as general manager for Ashley Martin Manufacturing and its predecessor, Montana Naturals. He has also worked for Carrington Laboratories and Cornerstone Nutritional Labs, where he directed new business development.


Marvin FlowermanPL Thomas founder dies
Marvin Flowerman, founder of PL Thomas, died in August in New Jersey at age 82. Born in New York City, Flowerman graduated from Brooklyn College at age 18 to join the army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a platoon sergeant and translator. In 1955, with partner Paul Greene, Flowerman founded PL Thomas, a sister paper-trading company and several manufacturing companies. He enjoyed working in his ceramics studio in his home, led fund raising and construction of a neighbourhood library, and served six years as an elected councilman in Far Hills, New Jersey.

Sabinsa opens India facility
Sabinsa has completed construction of a $6 million manufacturing facility in Hyderabad, India. The building and its 100 employees will manufacture herbal extracts and phytochemicals for world markets, including the US, Europe and Japan. Located in India's Genome Valley, the new plant covers an area of 200,000 square feet with a dedicated 60,000-square-foot area that houses a series of testing labs and manufacturing equipment.

Chocolate factory opens in Russia
Barry Callebaut, leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, inaugurated its new state-of-the-art chocolate factory located 60km south of Moscow in Chekhov, Russia. With a production capacity of 27,500 metric tonnes, the facility will enable the company to be closer to its growing customer base in Russia, and to better capture the region's growth potential, the company says. It expects to triple its sales in Russia within the next three years. Barry Callebaut's chocolate sales in Russia quadrupled between 2000 and 2005.

Joint venture births rice facility
DSM and B?hler have opened Wuxi NutriRice Co, a joint-venture production facility. This facility produces Nutri-Rice: nutritional enriched rice kernels to be mixed with natural rice that are produced via a patented process that protects the stability of the nutrients while ensuring high bio-availability and good taste. Wuxi NutriRice will market the enriched rice kernels (NutriRice) to rice millers working with rice mills and retailers.

Glanbia think tank adds members
The Glanbia Scientific Advisory Committee, a scientific think tank that meets four times a year under the chairmanship of Professor Gerald Fitzgerald of University College Cork, has two new members. Professor Ian W. Marison, head of school of biotechnology at University College Dublin, is a specialist in bioprocessing technology; and Ted Dinan, professor of psychiatry at University College Cork, a specialist in food and its influence on brain cognitive performance.

Marketing VP named at LycoRed
LycoRed has named Udi Alroy as vice president of global marketing and sales. Alroy worked for LycoRed-Bio, a daughter company of LycoRed, from 2004 to 2005, moving to LycoRed in late 2005 as marketing director.

Plan to benefit maca growers
Naturex has developed a plan to enhance economic and social conditions for Peruvian maca growers and their communities. Maca, a traditional Andean crop grown at high altitude, is made into Naturex extracts called Maca Pure and Maca Tonic. Naturex will now grant free patent licenses to Peruvian-owned companies in Peru to manufacture maca extract for end users, and increase the price paid to maca growers.

Don McLemore, 'King of Quality'
Don McLemore, vice president of standards at New Hope Natural Media, was presented with the first 'King of Quality' award at the September United Natural Products Alliance seminar on the final GMP regulation at the Marriott Salt Lake City Center. McLemore has worked with companies throughout the industry for more than a decade, helping them make claims for their products that are appropriate and in compliance with the US Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission regulation. "There was really no other candidate," said UNPA Executive Director, Loren Israelsen. "Don is like gravity. He is invisible, but he influences everything."

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