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Natalka Zeleny

BI Nutraceuticals Celebrating 35 Years Of Purity, Quality and Safety at IFT 2012

LONG BEACH, CA, June 20, 2012 — For 35 years, BI Nutraceuticals has been and continues to be a trusted supplier of raw botanical ingredients, providing guaranteed safe and pure botanicals for food and beverage applications. "Thirty-Five years is an incredible milestone not only for our company, but also for the industry," said George Pontiakos, President of BI Nutraceuticals, "We have tirelessly worked to speak out against the dangers of adulteration and hold ourselves to the highest of standards of quality and purity."

In celebration of BI’s 35th Emerald Anniversary, they will be sampling Sparkling Green Tea, a green tea ginger ale, at booth #1882 at the 2012 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Las Vegas, NV. For over 4,000 years green tea has been used as both a beverage and in traditional Chinese medicine. Green tea contains salubrious polyhenols, in particular catechins, the most abundant of which is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that has been shown to promote weight management and overall health.

In addition to the Sparkling Green Tea, brownies and applesauce made with chia will be showcased. Chia seeds deliver the highest levels of total omega-3 fatty acids by weight of any common foods; a complete vegan source of protein; more fiber than common grains; no gluten or cholesterol; and a comprehensive range of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential amino acids. The brownies being showcased have great taste, consistency and mouth feel, without a seed-like texture. They also contain 50 percent less fat than traditional brownies, and deliver 250 mgs of omega-3 fatty acids per serving. Adding chia seeds to applesauce provides a unique twist to a common product, and consumers get more nutrients while enjoying a food they have eaten for generations.

To learn more about these ingredients, or others in BI’s portfolio of more than 200+ GRAS offerings, visit BI at booth #1882 or take part in the Trends and Solution Tour during the show.

About BI Nutraceuticals
BI Nutraceuticals is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including whole herb powders and teas, standardized and drug ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. The company currently offers more than 200 ingredients that have been determined as safe for use in foods and beverages by the FDA or FEMA, the Flavors and Extracts Manufacturers Association. Since 2002, BI has been an innovator in steam sterilization and the company's Protexx HP® process is currently the industry's only species-specific, organic sterilization method. All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metal, pesticide and irradiation testing. All herbal powder ingredients are also tested under the company's Identilok® species identification process. The company has also developed a proprietary process, UltraHD®, which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. For more information, visit

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