U.S. Nutraceuticals Acquires La Haye Laboratories, Inc.

Eustis, Florida – 9/6/02 - U.S. Nutraceuticals, LLC, a leading manufacturer of supercritical fluid extracts for the dietary supplement, nutraceutical and functional food industries, has acquired the astaxanthin business of La Haye Laboratories, Inc., a Redmond, Washington manufacturer of branded dietary supplement ingredients. La Haye, founded in 1986, is engaged in researching, manufacturing and marketing novel, high-potency antioxidants, including its patented astaZANTHIN™ and Zanthin® ingredients. Both ingredients are potent and natural antioxidants utilized worldwide in many leading dietary supplements and cosmeceutical skincare products.

“This acquisition further entrenches our position in the marketplace for proprietary, branded ingredients offering novel characteristics to consumer products manufacturers,” stated U.S. Nutraceuticals president Tony Evans, Ph.D.

La Haye Laboratories president Larry Line sees the acquisition as a powerful and positive development for both companies. “After the unfortunate death of our company founder, Peter La Haye Sr., we have evaluated partnering opportunities to realize Mr. La Haye’s vision of making astaxanthin available to consumers worldwide. U.S. Nutraceuticals adds the pioneering scientific technology, marketing strength and business development resources needed to optimize the leading positions of La Haye Laboratories’ core brands.”

The U.S. Nutraceuticals web site is located @ www.usnutra.com

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