Nebraska Cultures and American Ingredients Join Forces to Distribute Dr. Shahani's Exclusive Brand of Probiotics

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Aug 23, 2004 -- Nebraska Cultures Inc. of Walnut Creek and American Ingredients of Anaheim have announced a marketing alliance between the two companies making American Ingredients exclusive distributor in North America for Nebraska Cultures and their Dr. Shahani's line of quality probiotics, effective immediately. Michael Shahani, Director of Operations of Nebraska Cultures and Howard Simon, President of American Ingredients, made the announcement jointly.

Nebraska Cultures is a 24-year-old company that manufactures and supplies high quality probiotics ingredients, particularly the noted DDS-1 strain of L. acidophilus. The company was founded by Shahani's father, Dr. Khem Shahani, who was a pioneer in probiotics research and is credited with discovering the DDS-1 strain.

American Ingredients, Inc., a division of Pharmachem Labs of Kearney NJ, is an established, reputable supplier of high quality, unique, cutting-edge premium ingredients to the nutraceutical and dietary supplement industries. American Ingredients is noted for the high level of service to its clients throughout North America from coast to coast shipping from warehouse facilities in California and New Jersey to provide prompt delivery capability. Value added services include custom blending, granulation and drum-to-hopper capability to meet exacting specifications

"We are extremely pleased that American Ingredients has become a major part of the next phase of our growth," said Shahani. "They will help us respond to the growing demand for probiotics in North America."

"Nebraska Cultures' probiotic line of products fits our profile of partnering with only high quality ingredient manufacturers," Simon commented. "They have pioneered the development of probiotics contributing meaningfully to the rapidly growing category of products specifically designed to address digestive health concerns."

American Ingredients is a member of the Pharmachem family of companies that includes Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc., H. Reisman Corporation and MPT all located in New Jersey in addition to the Avoca Division located in North Carolina.

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