Roche launches new lutein product forms

Roche Vitamins has launched two new innovative lutein product forms for the food and dietary supplement market: Lutein 5% CWS and Lutein 5% TG/P. Lutein is one of the most exciting new ingredients to hit the food and dietary supplement industry in recent years.

Lutein 5% CWS is a cold-water-dispersible form specifically developed for the fortification of foods and beverages, and for effervescent tablets.

Lutein 5% TG/P is a new tablet-grade form suitable for a range of tabletting applications, and delivers excellent performance even at high doses.

Lutein is a carotenoid found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, and is an important antioxidant and filter of blue light. High concentrations of lutein are found in the human retina. Several studies have shown a positive relationship between the consumption of lutein and the incidence of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of acquired blindness in the Western world. 25-30 million people are affected worldwide.

Roche's Vitamins and Fine Chemicals Division is the world's leading supplier of vitamins and carotenoids to the feed, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. It has its own research centres, production facilities and worldwide sales and distribution network. In 2002, it employed 7300 people and recorded sales of approx. 3.4 billion Swiss francs. As announced, Roche has sold its Vitamins and Fine Chemicals Division to the Netherlands-based DSM group, pending approval of the merger control authorities. For further company information, visit Roche Vitamins on the Internet at

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