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Courtney Morton

BI Nutraceuticals’ Food Technologist Alison Raban Earns Certified Food Scientist Designation from IFT

LONG BEACH, CA, April 16, 2013 — Alison Raban, a Food Technologist charged with product development and creating custom solutions for BI's food and beverage clients, has received the designation of Certified Food Scientist (CFS) from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). This new program was created in response to industry demand for a certification that could help differentiate individuals and their applied knowledge in food science. Raban is a member of the inaugural class of CFS recipients.

"This credential further underscores Alison's extensive expertise in food and beverage product development and understanding of the most recent science and technological advancements in food science," stated Randal Kreienbrink, Vice President of Marketing, BI Nutraceuticals. "Her commitment to furthering her knowledge and skills in food technology is immensely beneficial to BI's food and beverage customers."

To maintain CFS certification, individuals must complete 75 hours of continued education every five years to ensure they are current on the latest developments in food science. For more information on the CFS program, visit

About Alison Raban:
Alison's expertise spans both the QA/QC and R&D areas and she has a unique understanding of the most pressing challenges impacting today's food and beverage manufacturers. Prior to joining BI Nutraceuticals, Raban worked as a Product Development Technologist for Big Train Inc., where she developed a wide range of dry beverage bases for use in food service, as well as retail. She has also held positions as Product Development Scientist and Quality Assurance Chemist with Flavor Infusion LLC, where she specialized in beverage development, as well as managed extensive quality testing for all finished products. Raban holds a BS in Chemistry from California Polytechnic State University.

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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