Vitafoods: Vegapure® Sterol Esters From Cognis

Cognis Nutrition & Health has announced it is to market its natural sterol esters
under the brand name VEGAPURE®.

Vitafoods 13/5/2003: Two products, particularly aimed at the functional foods sector are: Vegapure® 95, which contains the highest concentration of sterol esters available and is suitable for fat-containing food; and Vegapure® 67 WDP, a high potency water dispersible powder perfect for drink mix formulations, energy bars or in dairy products such as milk and yoghurt.

In the early 1950’s, plant sterols were found to prevent absorption of dietary cholesterol. Since then, a persuasive body of evidence supporting the cholesterol lowering effectiveness of sterols and sterol esters has been amassed. Dr. Franz Timmermann, Cognis’ Market Segment Manager for Functional Food & Medical Nutrition, said: "Sterol esters are accepted as a positive example of Functional Foods by nutritional experts and legal bodies. Applications have been restricted to table spreads but, now the SCF has given its opinion that the use of sterol-based ingredients is acceptable in other types of food (under certain labelling requirements), we expect a growing demand for our products.

"Cognis invested in facilities to purify sterols more than 45 years ago and today is the world leader in sterol processing. Cognis brings the expertise, capacity and commitment to make our customers’ products successful", added Dr.Timmermann.

In addition to the sterols produced at the Group’s facility in Kankakee, Illinois, Cognis has the world’s largest stand-alone manufacturing facility for phytosterols at Boussens, near Toulouse, in France.

For more information about Vegapure® contact:
Cognis Nutrition & Health
Dr. Franz Timmermann
Market Segment Manager Functional Food & Medical Nutrition
Grünau Illertissen GmbH
Robert-Hansen Strasse 1
89257 Illertissen / Germany
Phone: +49-7303-13-395
Fax: +49-7303-13-287

Cognis Nutrition & Health, a business unit of Cognis Group, provides antioxidant, botanical and nature-based ingredients for dietary supplements; pharmaceuticals and healthcare; functional foods and medical nutrition, and animal nutrition. As a leader in food technology, Cognis manufactures emulsifiers, emulsifier-based compounds and numerous other speciality products for the food industry worldwide.

Cognis Nutrition & Health is exhibiting at stand 4811 at Vitafoods International 2003, Palexpo 5, Geneva, and is also this year’s Executive Exhibition Sponsor.

Media Contact: Val Holmes
Phone: +44 (0)20 8979 2333
Mobile +44 (0)7775 615901 between 12-15 May 2003

About Cognis
Cognis is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients with almost 9,000 employees in close to 50 countries. The company has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and Schroder Ventures Life Sciences. In 2002, Cognis recorded sales of 3.1 billion euros and an operating profit before depreciation, amortization and exceptional items (EBITDA recurring) of 393 million euros.


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