Supplement industry continues to reach out to global community

The very nutrients that Americans take for granted are the very nutrients that are needed by so many people around the world. For many decades, the dietary supplements industry has taken up the charge to fill this ever-widening gap.

Vita-Tech International, Inc. donated one ton of vitamins to Conakry, Guinea, West Africa, to support nutritionally disadvantaged populations in polio treatment centers throughout the country, as well as rural villages in the area surrounding Conakry.

"This donation will provide nutritional support for hundreds of people for a long period, with follow-up shipments planned to insure continuity of care," according to Tom Tierney, President of Vita-Tech. The donation will be administered by Polio Home, operated throughout the country by the ONG Groupe Lyceum.

"Our earth has no corners, so we are all next-door neighbors," commented Tierney. "Vita-Tech is very pleased to make a difference via this charitable product outreach," he said.

At this year's Expo East, Vitamin Angels and New Hope Natural Media (Functional Ingredients' parent company) are joining together to host the largest industry-wide event to assist in providing essential nutrients to children worldwide.

Vitamin Angels will host its annual Celebration of Angels fundraiser on Friday, September 25, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Boston Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, to coincide with the Natural Products Expo East. This year's free event invites attendees to experience the difference they and their companies can make by partnering with Vitamin Angels in this global health initiative that benefits millions of children and proves that vital nutrients save lives.

This year, Vitamin Angels celebrates their 15th anniversary and the 15 million children they plan to reach in 2010 with industry partners. Attendees will have an opportunity to donate in an interactive festival setting with live music and entertainment. A special performance by one of the most sought after Journey tribute bands, Captured, will make Celebration of Angels an experience like no other at Expo East this year.

"We are excited to give everyone at Expo East the opportunity to have fun, get involved and learn about the children we serve," says Howard Schiffer, founder of Vitamin Angels. "This year's event will allow attendees to see why 25 cents is the most important, life-saving contribution these children need from them this year."

Vitamin Angels' Celebration of Angels event would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors like: New Hope Natural Media, The Organic Center, Vitamin Shoppe, Purity Products, Lightlife, Lonza, Pure Encapsulations, Healthwell Ventures, Presence Marketing, UNFI, To Go Brands, Inc., New Chapter Organics, Whole Foods Magazine, Organic India and Vitaquest.

For more information about Celebration of Angels including sponsorship opportunities visit:

Vita-Tech International is a privately held business that manufactures food supplements and nutraceuticals to support human health and successful aging. Founded in 1954, Vita-Tech is one of the oldest such private label firms in the United States. For more information, visit:

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