COLUMBIA, Md., April 11, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- DHA omega-3 innovator Martek Biosciences announced today that NuGo Nutrition, an all-natural line of snack bars, has introduced two new flavors to its NuGo Organic(TM) line, Dark Chocolate Almond and Dark Chocolate Pomegranate, featuring 32 mg of Martek's life'sDHA(TM), a vegetarian form of DHA omega-3. DHA is a fatty acid important for optimal brain, eye, cardiovascular and nervous system development and maintenance throughout life. Available at retailers nationwide and online, the bars are USDA certified organic.
"We are pleased to be working with NuGo Nutrition on this healthy, portable treat. NuGo Organic Snack Bars, already enjoyed by health-conscious consumers, are now providing the opportunity to benefit from DHA omega-3 along with other key nutrients for health," said Steve Dubin, Martek's CEO.
DHA omega-3 is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that serves as a primary building block for the brain and the eye and supports brain, eye and cardiovascular health throughout life. There is a large and growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that people of all ages, from infants to aging adults, benefit from an adequate supply of DHA omega-3 in the diet. Scientific reviews have noted the importance of DHA omega-3 in proper brain and eye development and function, and there are studies currently underway to evaluate its role in decreasing the prevalence of certain neurological disorders. Yet despite its importance, Americans have among the lowest dietary intakes of DHA omega-3 in the world.
Martek's life'sDHA(TM) is unique in the market because it is derived from a sustainable and vegetarian source. Made from microalgae under tightly controlled manufacturing conditions, life'sDHA(TM) is free of oceanic contaminants that may be present in certain fish or fish oils. Microalgae are the only vegetarian source of DHA omega-3, the key omega-3 for brain development and function.
NuGo Nutrition was developed to give consumers healthy, great tasting nutrition bars that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Created by Keith Rohrlick and David Levine, the food products company promotes good nutrition in a healthy, portable size. NuGo currently markets three product lines: NuGo Family bars in 6 flavors; NuGO Organic in 3 flavors and Smarte Carb in 2 flavors. NuGo continually responds to its customers' requests for new and improved nutritional products with exceptional flavor and taste. Healthier choices from nutrition conscious NuGo will be at a store near you soon with more products debuting each year. For more information, visit http://www.nugonutrition.com/
Martek Biosciences Corporation (MATK) is a leader in the innovation and development of DHA omega-3 products that promote health and wellness through every stage of life. The Company produces life'sDHA(TM), a sustainable and vegetarian source of DHA omega-3, for use in foods, beverages, infant formula, and supplements, and ARA (arachidonic acid), an omega-6 fatty acid, for use in infant formula. For more information on Martek Biosciences, visit http://www.martek.com/.
Sections of this release contain forward-looking statements concerning, among other things, expectations regarding NuGo Nutrition's line of snack bars with life'sDHA(TM) product launch, customer acceptance of Nugo Nutrition's line of snack bars with life'sDHA(TM), and widespread use of life'sDHA(TM). These statements are based upon numerous assumptions which Martek cannot control and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ. These statements should be understood in light of the risk factors set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2006 and other filed reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-K/A, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.