Zuellig Appoints George Pontiakos President and CEO of North American Operations

LONG BEACH, Calif., January 27, 2006 - The Zuellig Group (ZG) today announced the appointment of George M. Pontiakos to President and CEO of Zuellig Group North America. He will oversee all aspects of North American operations including BI Nutraceuticals, Premium Performance Ingredients, AF Zeta and the Zuellig Group Nutrition and Ingredients, China.

"George has extensive experience across a diverse range of industries, and has been successful in building the companies he manages into world leaders in their respective markets," stated Bill Meaney, CEO, The Zuellig Group. "We are very pleased to have him join our team and feel that his strong and decisive leadership will have a tremendous positive impact on the company."

Pontiakos has held senior leadership positions at several leading consulting, medical services and technology companies including Monovasia, which he founded, Oluma, Lucent, Agere, Ortel, NetVantage and Timeplex. He has wide-ranging experience in scaling geographically dispersed global companies to maximize their ability to successfully compete in the marketplace. Pontiakos holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.

Zuellig Group Nutrition and Ingredients (ZGNI) is a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of value-added, premium quality, dietary supplement and food ingredients. The entities within the group include BI Nutraceuticals, Long Beach, CA, Premium Performance Ingredients, Islandia, NY and ZGNI ­ China, Shanghai, China. ZGNI services the nutrition, food and healthcare industries worldwide.

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