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Algalif Launches Astaxanthin Finished Formulations at Vitafoods Europe 2018

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Algalif will introduce a range of premium natural astaxanthin soft gelatin capsules, branded IceCaps, that are supplied in bulk for private label applications. Made with Algalif’s premium Astalif Astaxanthin oleoresin, the soft gels are available in different astaxanthin potencies, including 4, 8 and 12 mg.

At Vitafoods, Algalif will also debut its first branded astaxanthin formulation, Icelandic Harvest 4 mg Astaxanthin + Vitamin E, which combines everything that is great about Iceland into an easy to take dietary supplement. Icelandic Harvest 4 mg Astaxanthin + Vitamin E is supplied in bulk for online and physical retailers interested in adding a little Icelandic magic to their customers’ daily diet. Icelandic Harvest 4 mg Astaxanthin + Vitamin E will be in display at the Vitafoods New Product Zone.

In addition, Tryggvi Stefánsson, PhD., Science Manager at Algalif, will present an educational session on Water Quality, Heavy Metal Controls & Nutraceuticals along with Michel Horn, chairman of EHPM on May 17th at 12:10 on the Vitafoods Centre Stage.  Attendees will gain guidelines for ensuring quality and purity in nutraceutical products.

For more information, visit Algalif at Vitafoods (stand #E54).

Algalif Receives Grant to Optimize HPLC Method for Astaxanthin Quantification

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“The internationally accepted HPLC-method for astaxanthin quantification is time-consuming, laborious, and prone to human error, which can cause fluctuations in the measured astaxanthin titer,” said Dr. Haraldur Gardarsson, Quality Control Manager at Algalif. “Our goals with this research project is to either resolve, circumvent the flaws within the current method, or define an entirely new HPLC method for more accurate astaxanthin quantification.”

The project will be conducted over the summer 2018 and will culminate with the submission of a proposal to the USP for improving the HPLC method.

Algalif Discusses Quality, Safety, and Sustainability in Astaxanthin Production at SupplySide East 2018

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Ingólfur Gunnarsson, Ph.D., Head of Cultivation at Algalif, will host an engaging  session explaining what buyers should look for when purchasing astaxanthin, if they are to make informed choices. The talk will take place at the Exhibitor Presentation on Tuesday, April 10th at 1:00 p.m.

Ingólfur will also join the session “Trending Ingredients in the Nutritional Market” hosted by AIC at 2:30 pm.

Algalif will have educational information and samples of finished products containing Astalíf™ – its branded high-grade astaxanthin ingredient. Astalíf is a pure and potent antioxidant that helps reduce oxidative stress, and supports cognitive health, eye health, muscle recovery, heart health, skin health, and more.

It is available as 5 percent and 10 percent astaxanthin oleoresins, suitable for softgel capsules and topical, oil-based cosmetics, as well as 5 percent astaxanthin biomass, suitable for tablets and soft/hard gel capsules.

Visit Algalif and its distribution partner AIC, at SupplySide East at booth #D136.

About AIC
AIC is an ISO-registered sales and marketing company serving the North American market with food & beverage, nutrition, pharma, personal care and biotech raw materials since 1972. AIC also carries a complete line of biochemical products including DNA/RNA Synthesis Reagents and ACS Reagents through our Advanced Technology Division. Learn more at www.aicma.com.

About SupplySide East 2018
SupplySide East is the East Coast’s leading ingredient and solutions trade show. In 2018, the show will be held from April 10 to 11 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Learn more at www.east.supplysideshow.com.

Algalif Achieves Non-GMO Project Verification for Astalíf Astaxanthin Ingredient

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“We are pleased to achieve this certification and believe it helps reinforce our ommitment to quality and to our customers that want to avoid GMOs in their products,” said Orri Björnsson, CEO of Algalif Iceland. “Much credit goes to our Quality team for its ongoing diligence in supporting and validating the purity and quality of all our products.”

“Buyers are increasingly knowledgeable about what to look for when purchasing astaxanthin which supports our aim to offer the highest quality astaxanthin in the marketplace, at a competitive price,” added Simon Seward, Algalif Global Business Director.

The Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program is North America’s only third-party verification for non-GMO food and products. This third-party verification ensures that Astalíf 5 and 10 have been comprehensively evaluated by an independent party for compliance with a standard developed by industry experts and stakeholders.

Astalíf is a potent natural antioxidant with multiple health benefits and a solid scientific foundation. It is manufactured to rigorous quality and sustainability standards. It is a specialty ingredient for nutraceuticals with applications in brain health, eye health, healthy aging, cardiovascular health, muscle endurance/recovery, and skin health.

Algalif also holds Novel Food, Halal, and Kosher certifications, and cGMP status for its world-class production facility.

About Algalif

Algalif® is a leading supplier of high-grade natural astaxanthin from microalgae, produced in an environmentally-friendly way at its state-of-the-art facility in Iceland. Manufactured to rigorous quality standards and supported by science, its premium astaxanthin, branded Astalíf™, is built on a solid foundation of quality, purity, and sustainability. Algalif utilizes proprietary cultivation and harvesting processes and leverages renewable resources from abundant Icelandic sources.

Algalif to Showcase High-Grade, Natural Astalif Astaxanthin at SupplySide West 2017

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Algalif will showcase its astaxanthin range in booth #U147, along with its distribution partner AIC. Algalif and AIC will provide educational materials, and feature products containing the ingredient. Attendees will be able to discuss their astaxanthin needs with Algalif scientists and expert staff. Algaif CEO Andrew Jacobson will also take part in the “What’s the Buzz on Innovative Ingredients?” session moderated by Jeff Hilton of BrandHive, on the SupplySide West Expo Central Stage on Wednesday, September 27th at 2:30 p.m.

Astalíf debuted last year, and is a potent antioxidant that helps support cognitive health, eye health, muscle recovery, heart health, skin health, and more.  Astalíf is available as 5 percent and 10 percent astaxanthin oleoresins, suitable for softgel capsules and topical, oil-based cosmetics, as well as 5 percent astaxanthin biomass, suitable for tablets and soft/hard gel capsules.

Astalif is manufactured in a state-of-the-art, cGMP-compliant, indoor facility. Algalif utilizes Icelandic water that is filtered through layers of volcanic rock to remain low in minerals and free of chlorination. In addition, Algalif incorporates clean energy practices, and 100 percent of its manufacturing facility is powered by geothermal energy.  It uses a specialized, proprietary lighting system that reduces overall energy consumption by 50 percent and enables optimal microalgae growth, productivity, and yield. Algalif’s unique, enclosed photobioreactor cultivation system and its exclusive three-phase cultivation process help to ensure optimal growth of the microalgae and high yield of pure astaxanthin.

About Algalif

Algalif® is a leading supplier of high-grade natural astaxanthin from microalgae, produced at its state-of-the-art facility in Iceland. The company is dedicated to solving the nutritional needs of current and future generations through the development and delivery of sustainable, high-quality microalgae. Manufactured to rigorous quality standards and supported by science, Astalif™ astaxanthin is built on a solid foundation of quality, purity and sustainability. Algalif utilizes proprietary growing and harvesting processes, and leverages renewable, sustainable resources from abundant Icelandic sources. Algalif is part Sana Pharma, an international company with businesses in food supplements, specialty ingredients, medical devices and OTC medicines.

About AIC

AIC is a Framingham, MA based ISO Certified sales and marketing company serving the food, pharmaceutical, nutritional, personal care, biotech, and industrial markets of North America since 1972. Its success is a result of a company culture built on customer needs, along with partnerships with global manufacturers committed to the rigors and demands of the North American market. Visit www.aicma.com.

Algalif & AIC to Exhibit at IFT 2017

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About AIC

AIC is an ISO-registered sales and marketing company serving the North American market with food & beverage, nutrition, pharma, personal care and biotech raw materials since 1972. AIC also carries a complete line of biochemical products including DNA/RNA Synthesis Reagents and ACS Reagents through our Advanced Technology Division. Learn more at www.aicma.com.

About IFT 2017

Organized by the Institute of Food Technologists, the IFT 2017 will be held from June 25 to 28 in Las Vegas, United States Of America. The event showcases the latest trends and innovations in the Food & Beverage industry. Learn more at www.iftevent.org.

Algalif Achieves Novel Food Certification for Astalif Natural Astaxanthin

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After extensive evaluation, the European Commission and The Food Safety Authority of Iceland certified that Astalif™ meets or exceeds all requirements for an ingredient in food supplements, in a manner that is consistent with the current uses and use levels of astaxanthin-rich oleoresins from Haematococcus pluvialis, and concluded that the ingredient is approved for commercial availability.

“This certification marks a significant milestone for Algalif and represents an important step in our steadfast commitment to quality and purity,” said Andrew Jacobson, CEO of Algalif. “The Novel Food certification comes on the heels of gaining cGMP status for our world-class production facility. I commend our Icelandic team led by Orri Björnsson for its ongoing, rigorous efforts in achieving these important industry certifications.”

About Algalif
Algalif is a high-grade microalgae ingredient supplier from Iceland. We are dedicated to solving the nutritional needs of current and future generations through the development and delivery of sustainable, high-quality microalgae. Astalíf™ Astaxanthin is our first step in this journey. Algalif is a part of Sana Pharma, an international company founded in 2002 with businesses in food supplements, specialty ingredients, medical devices and over-the-counter medicines. Sana Pharma is established in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Czech Republic and the United States, with more than 200 employees.

Contacts

Heidi Rosenberg, Senior Public Relations Counsel, BrandHive, +1 385-222-7043, +1 435-841-2171, heidi@brandhive.com

Upcoming Webinar: Not all Antioxidants are Created Equal: Astaxanthin, the Antioxidant Powerhouse

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Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017  |  Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT (10am-11am PDT)

Antioxidants first came to the public’s attention in the 1990s, when researchers began to understand how free radical damage contributes to health problems. Fueled by new scientific findings and high consumer awareness, the antioxidant category rapidly developed and has remained strong and vibrant ever since – proof that ‘antioxidant’ is more than just a buzzword.

Antioxidants come in a range of forms – vitamins C and E, manganese, selenium, astaxanthin, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, etc. Each with different effects on the body, recommended dosages and formulation considerations. With so many antioxidants available on the market, how do you pick the right one for your nutraceutical formulation?

Astaxanthin (pronounced “asta-ZAN-thin”) stands out as a valuable natural antioxidant for nutraceuticals due to its superb nutritional advantage. 6,000 times more powerful than vitamin C, and with the ability to cross the blood-brain and the blood-retinal barriers, astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants known. Its numerous health benefits are supported by extensive scientific research, including many clinical trials.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Gain insight into how antioxidants support health and well-being
  • Understand what makes astaxanthin a superior antioxidant
  • Learn how to select the best astaxanthin for your nutraceutical formulation

Save your seat today! 

If you can’t attend the live event, register now to receive the recording of the webinar by email.

 

Detailed Program

1. Why are antioxidants so important?

Modern life takes a toll on our body’s antioxidant defense system. Pollution, pesticides, stress, alcohol, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, etc. — all contribute to the production of free radicals. Left uncontrolled, these unstable molecules can damage our cells and tissues, leading to many health problems. Antioxidants are our first line of defense against these harmful molecules. Acting as natural scavengers, they stabilize free radicals and help to keep their damage to a minimum. Gain insight into how antioxidants support health and well-being:

  • What are free radicals and how do they cause oxidative stress?
  • What are antioxidants and how do they work?
  • Why antioxidant supplementation is important?
  • What makes some antioxidants more effective than others?

2. What makes astaxanthin a superior antioxidant?

Astaxanthin is a naturally-occurring carotenoid produced by the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis as a defense mechanism against harsh environmental conditions. For humans, astaxanthin is one of the most powerful natural antioxidants known, with applications in brain health, eye health, healthy aging, cardiovascular health, muscle endurance/recovery, and skin health. Gain insight into what makes astaxanthin an antioxidant powerhouse:

  • What is astaxanthin?
  • Why is astaxanthin superior to other antioxidants?
  • What are the health benefits of astaxanthin?
  • Is it difficult to formulate with astaxanthin?

3. How do you select the best astaxanthin for your nutraceutical formulation?

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right astaxanthin for your nutraceutical formulations — such as manufacturing source, contamination control, sustainability and quality certifications. Learn how to recognize a superior astaxanthin product:

  • How does the manufacturing source affect the product?
  • How does astaxanthin production affect the environment?
  • What contaminants should I be focusing on?
  • What are the possible contamination sources?

Featured Speakers

Tryggvi Stefánsson, Ph.D., Science Manager

Tryggvi has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Genetics from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He has a strong research-oriented background and has held academic positions across Europe as a visiting and postdoctoral researcher. Tryggvi has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers, served on editorial boards, and collaborated on international grant applications consortiums. At Algalif, Tryggvi heads up the R&D and Scale-up Department, a team of dedicated algae cultivation experts, focusing on the production of astaxanthin. The department oversees the continuous optimization of cultivation parameters, contamination control programs, and the company’s R&D ventures. tryggvi@algalif.com

Haraldur Gardarsson, Ph.D., Quality Control Manager 

Haraldur has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers and held academic positions throughout his career – most recently, as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Iceland. As Quality Control Manager at Algalif, Haraldur oversees the day-to-day functions of the analytical, microbiology, and in-process control laboratories. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, supervision of skilled laboratory personnel to inspect and approve raw materials used, full analytical breakdown of products, and issuing certificates of analysis for products manufactured on-site. halli@algalif.com

Algalif to Debut Astalif Astaxanthin at Vitafoods Europe 2017

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Astalíf is manufactured to rigorous quality and sustainability standards in a state-of-the-art, cGMP-compliant, indoor facility in Iceland. This premium form of astaxanthin is a valuable ingredient for nutraceuticals with applications in brain health, eye health, healthy aging, cardiovascular health, muscle endurance/recovery, and skin health. Astalíf is available in 5% and 10% astaxanthin oleoresin, suitable for softgel capsules and topical oil-based cosmetics; and 5% astaxanthin biomass, suitable for tablets and soft/hard gel capsules. New powder, beadlet, and water-soluble options are under development.

“The entire team here at Algalif is excited to showcase our pure Icelandic astaxanthin at Vitafoods,” said Andrew Jacobson, CEO of Algalif. “We have invested heavily in technology, people and processes. Our growth and cultivation systems are fueled with Icelandic water, 100% geothermal power, and proprietary lighting, all of which allow us to produce sustainable, high-quality astaxanthin without interruption. Europe is the next key region for us to build on our existing distribution partnerships in North America and Asia.”

Algalif’s Quality Control Manager, Dr. Haraldur Gardarsson, will share insights on key factors to consider when choosing the right astaxanthin for your nutraceutical formulations at the Exhibitor Presentation Theatre on May 11th at 12:50PM.

Register for free and save €145 . Quote: WBALGAL

About Algalif

Algalif is a high-grade microalgae ingredient supplier from Iceland. We are dedicated to solving the nutritional needs of current and future generations through the development and delivery of sustainable, high-quality microalgae. Astalíf™ Astaxanthin is our first step in this journey. Algalif is a part of Sana Pharma, an international company founded in 2002 with businesses in food supplements, specialty ingredients, medical devices and over-the-counter medicines. Sana Pharma is established in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Czech Republic and the United States, with more than 200 employees.

About Vitafoods Europe

Vitafoods is one of the leading dedicated trade fair and nutraceutical market worldwide. Based in Geneva Palexpo, Switzerland the fair attracts more than 13,000 dedicated professionals looking to secure substantial new business deals right in the heart of Europe. Learn more www.vitafoods.eu.com

Contacts

Heidi Rosenberg, Senior Public Relations Counsel, BrandHive, +1 385-222-7043, +1 435-841-2171, heidi@brandhive.com

Connell Bros. to Exhibit at Food Ingredients China in March

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About Connell Bros.

connellConnell Bros. is among the largest and most highly respected international marketers and distributors of industrial chemicals, minerals and food ingredients in the Pacific Rim. Connell Bros. provides complete supply chain management from transportation and documentation to warehousing, sales and distribution through locations strategically located throughout Asia.  Connell Bros. is proud to be a part of the Wilbur-Ellis group of companies. With a history of more than 100 years, Wilbur-Ellis is a leading international marketer and distributor of agricultural and industrial products. Learn more at www.connellbrothers.com.

About Food Ingredients China

logo-sm-ficFood Ingredients China (FIC) is the largest and most authoritative international show in the food additives and ingredients industry in Asia. The three-day event offers conferences and technical seminars with the latest news on food science and technology.  The event takes place on March 24-26, 2017 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Visit www.fic.cfaa.cn to learn more.