Parry Organic Spirulina Achieves ‘Certified Raw’ and ‘Certified Clean’ Status

Certifications from The International Center for Integrative Systems Grows Market Opportunities for Industry-Leading Superfood

Orlando, FL 30 January 2017 – Valensa International (Eustis, FL USA) announced today that its Parry Organic Spirulina Ingredient has received Certified R.A.W.TM and Certified C.L.E.A.N.TM status from the raw foods industry standards body, The International Center for Integrative Systems. The certifications underscore important issues for natural foods and vegan consumers, such as low-temperature, minimalistic processing, nutrient value and density, bioavailability, and sustainable, ethical manufacture. These recent certifications add to a number of other quality proof statements for Parry Organic Spirulina, including USP Verified, organic certifications, Food Safety Standards certifications, and GRAS.

According to Umasudhan C.P, CEO & President at Valensa, Organic Spirulina is the first – and currently only – spirulina product on the market that meets these broad Parry array quality assurance standards. participation in Raw Food Certified and Clean Food Certified programs is a part of an on-going effort by Valensa and Parry Nutraceuticals to offer consumers, food manufacturers and supplement retailers the highest quality and safest spirulina ingredient in the world. “We’re very proud to have made this investment in R.A.W. and C.L.E.A.N. certifications. We think they open up new market opportunities for our customers – but also help to build trust with every consumer out there,” he said. “This is critical with an ingredient like spirulina. Unlike many dietary supplements, which are taken in milligram doses, many consumers use spirulina like a food – sometimes taking 5 grams or more per day. This makes it particularly important that we focus on quality and safety since even small amounts of impurities can have an impact.,” he said.

Rediscovering Good Food – Certified R.A.W. /Certified C.L.E.A.N.

Responding to industry concerns for consistent, understandable standards for raw foods manufacturers, Within these certification projects, for products to be Certified R.A.W.:

  • They must be “real”, they must be 100% safe, must be 100% non-GMO and most ingredients must be organic.
  • They must be “alive”. The ingredients must have a high number of bio-available enzymes based on testing.
  • They must be “whole”, minimally processed, (below 212 degrees) and must have a high Aggregate
Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) score.

For products to be Certified C.L.E.A.N., they must be:

  • Safe, based on compliance standards defined in detail
  • Ethical, the ingredients must be100% non-GMO and should have been manufactured using humane processes.
  • Nourishing, as determined by ANDI Score.
Thirty-year track record – with a growing list of certifications.

In addition to these new certifications, Parry Organic Spirulina is USP DIVP-certified, with 32 parameters covered under product description, physical & chemical analysis, phyto-pigment analysis, fatty acid profile, microbial analysis, heavy metals and contaminants analysis. It is GRAS affirmed. It is certified by three major organic standards organizations – USDA NOP, Naturland (Germany), and Ecocert (France).

Parry Organic Spirulina is carefully manufactured and processed to deliver the highest levels of phyto- nutrients such as pure phycocyanin, carotenoids, beta-carotene and chlorophyll A. The company also has upgraded its packaging of Parry Organic Spirulina to ensure freshness and protection of phyto-nutrients during storage and transportation.

Parry Organic Spirulina is cultivated in a remote region of Southern India using pure artesian ground water. The facility is isolated from cities, farms and major water bodies – eliminating contamination due to pollution, pesticides, shellfish and, importantly, metals. Parry Organic Spirulina meets California Prop-65 standards for heavy metals at a 5 g serving size – with extraordinary low levels of lead (<0.01 ppm). The ingredient’s high protein levels (>60%) and low metals levels make it a ‘go to’ ingredient for vegan/vegetarian protein formulations.

New Markets and Brand Insurance

According to Umasudhan, consumer product developers and retailers can look at Parry’s commitment to quality – as evidenced by these new certifications – as support for brand building. “The vegan/raw market is certainly growing, and we want to support our customers with differentiating value propositions. Raw certification is one way we can do this,” he said. “Part of a brand is a promise of safety and quality. At Valensa and Parry, we are very conscious of that promise and want to do everything we can to help our customers keep it. We know we can with Parry Organic Spirulina,” he added.

About Valensa International, LLC

Headquartered in Eustis, Florida USA (near Orlando), Valensa International is a leading science- based developer and provider of high quality nature-sourced products for nutritional supplements and functional foods. Valensa’s certified organic production facilities are located in a protected pine/saw palmetto grove. Valensa International is the proud owner of more than 60 US and International Patents for Formulations and Manufacturing (Deep Extract® Supercritical CO2 and O2B® Peroxidation Blocker stabilization.)

Valensa brands include: Flex Pro MD® and Flex Pro ES® joint health formulations, Go Easy®, ImmunumTM, Eye Pro MD®, Pur-Blue® Premium Coated Spirulina, SpiruZan®, Prostate 360TM, Cran- Gyn® & Fem Cool® Women’s Health Formulas, Organic USPlus® Saw Palmetto Oil & Palmetto RossoTM, Zanthin® Natural Astaxanthin, Tresalbio® Chia Seed Extract, Chia Gold® Stabilized Chia Seed Oil, VerillaTM Perilla Oil, Ginger extract, Parry Organic Spirulina, and Parry Tomato Lycopene Complex.

Valensa is committed to production and processing that supports the environment and fair labor practices for those that work the land and participate in the production process. For more information, visit www.valensa.com.


Valensa Launches Chia Gold® Stabilized Chia Seed Oil in EU after Novel Foods Approval

Top-Selling US Brand Sets Industry Standards for Quality, Stability and Taste Advanced, Patented Processing Technology

Orlando, FL 21 November 2016 – Valensa International announced today that it has begun offering its Chia Gold Stabilized Chia Seed Oil in Europe. The company gained Novel Food approval for the ingredient via a substantial equivalence opinion in September of this year. The ingredient, which was launched by Valensa in the United States in 2012 is one of the top-selling Chia-based Omega-3 ingredients in the US market – known for its exceptional shelf-stability, pleasant taste and overall quality based on Valensa’s proprietary processing technologies. Chia Gold contains 550 milligrams (mg) of ALA Omega-3 per gram of oil. It is a part of Valensa’s industry-leading portfolio of chia-based ingredients, developed with the company’s solvent-free, supercritical CO2 extraction technology and proprietary O2B® Peroxidation Blocker stabilization technology. Chia Gold is available for use in the same food categories and at the same use levels as Europe’s existing chia oils, which includes its use in fats and oils (? 10%) and in food supplements (? 2 g/day).

According to Sylvia de Jong, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Valensa, Novel Food approval for Chia Gold will allow European consumer products companies to enhance the Omega-3 nutritional profile of their products in applications where taste and product stability are primary concerns. “Omega-3s are among the most desirable nutritional ingredients in Europe and Chia is emerging with consumers as a popular source – because it is plant-based and sustainable. It has the potential to become a differentiator in a broad range of consumer products,” she said. “With Chia Gold, consumer product developers can use the best-tasting, most shelf-stable chia oil product on the market – unleashing their creativity in formulation while assuring the highest quality for their customers and building their brands,” she added.

Valensa Launches Chia Gold® Stabilized Chia Seed Oil in EU after Novel Foods Approval Top-Selling US Brand Sets Industry Standards for Quality, Stability and Taste.

Advanced, Patented Processing Technology

According to Stephen Hill, Vice President of Product Development, “Valensa utilizes its state-of-the-art Deep Extract® Supercritical CO2 extraction process (solvent-free) to produce the highest Omega-3 concentration, highest purity chia oil in conditions that delay the onset of rancidification – particularly when compared to conventional expeller-press processes. This process delivers the best tasting chia oil on the market – an important factor for taste-sensitive formulations like gummies and nutrition bars”.

In addition, Valensa utilizes its patented O2B® Peroxidation Blocker technology to stabilize Chia Gold and employs a Rancimat® device to validate shelf life. Years of data with Chia Gold show an industry-leading stability for the ingredient and a shelf-life of at least 2 years, even at room temperature. As a company, Valensa holds 13 U.S. and International patents for Chia oil and has a state-of-the art extraction facility that maximizes the quality, stability and shelf life of the oil produced. Chia Gold raw materials are ethically and sustainably sourced and monitored for quality.

Said de Jong: “After the reception that Chia Gold has had in the United States, we’re excited to be able to offer this ingredient in the European market. We feel that consumer product companies will embrace the market opportunities this special value proposition will enable.”

About Valensa International, LLC

Headquartered in Eustis, Florida USA (near Orlando), Valensa International is a leading science- based developer and provider of high quality nature-sourced products for nutritional supplements and functional foods. Valensa’s certified organic production facilities are located in a protected pine/saw palmetto grove. Valensa International is the proud owner of more than 60 US and International Patents for Formulations and Manufacturing (Deep Extract® Supercritical CO2 and O2B® Peroxidation Blocker stabilization.)

Valensa brands include: Flex Pro MD® and Flex Pro ES® joint health formulations, Go Easy®, Immunum™, Eye Pro MD®, Pur-Blue® Premium Coated Spirulina, SpiruZan®, Prostate 360TM, Cran-Gyn® & Fem Cool® Women’s Health Formulas , Organic USPlus® Saw Palmetto Oil & Palmetto Rosso™, Zanthin® Natural Astaxanthin, Tresalbio® Chia Seed Extract, Chia Gold® Stabilized Chia Seed Oil , Verilla™ Perilla Oil, Ginger extract, Parry Organic Spirulina, and Parry Tomato Lycopene Complex.

Valensa is committed to production and processing that supports the environment and fair labor practices for those that work the land and participate in the production process. For more information, visit www.valensa.com.

 


Valensa To Commercialize Algal Scientific Algae-Based Immune Health Ingredients in U.S. Human Health & Nutrition Markets

Company Has Successfully Completed In-vitro Clinical Trial Work and is Now advancing into Human Clinical Trials on Immunum™ Line

Orlando, FL 17 January 2017 – Valensa International (Eustis, FL USA) announced today that it has reached an agreement with Algal Scientific Corporation (Plymouth, MI USA) to commercialize Algal’s PureAlgalTM branded ingredients – whole dried microalgae (Euglena gracilis) and purified beta-1,3-glucan – in the human health and nutrition markets. Valensa is ready to offer these algae based ingredients to its customers in various channels like Natural & Health food stores as unique, well differentiated algae ingredients and also as part of its Immunum™ formulations. These products have a strategic fit into Valensa and further reiterates its leadership status in the microalgae business with existing products like Zanthin® Natural Astaxanthin Complex (extracted from Haematococcus pluvialis grown in Chile), Parry Organic Spirulina & Organic Chlorella.

PureAlgalTM Euglena gracilis is a golden yellow powder produced from US-grown, non-GMO Euglena gracilis that is free of allergens and contains about 50% beta-1, 3-glucan along with numerous micronutrients, minerals, and vitamins. Algal Scientific also produces PureAlgalTM Beta-Glucan 95% through a water-based, non-solvent, and low temperature extraction process to create the highest purity beta-1, 3-glucan available on the market today. Valensa has conducted in vitro pilot studies with both ingredients and plans to develop a full-scale, gold-standard clinical trial in early 2017. Valensa will use the Algal Scientific ingredients in a series of formulated dietary supplement products, including as a component in its ‘greens’ product lines, such as those containing Parry Organic Spirulina and Zanthin® Natural Astaxanthin, to offer immune health support.

According to Dr. John Minatelli, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Valensa, this partnering with Algal Scientific will allow for the development of exciting new science and unique products moving into the future. “Algal Scientific has done a great job in developing a substantial body of science with its Euglena gracilis material in the animal health field. Based on this and our own initial clinical work with the material, we are very excited about the opportunity for developing formulated products under the ImmunumTM product line to offer a range of immune health products,” he said. “As people are now

beginning to understand the importance of immune health support, we are actively developing next- generation solutions for the market, helping educate the industry and expecting to see the market expand dramatically,” he added.

PureAlgal™ – A better immune health ingredient

Manufactured in the United States, in a 30,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art fermentation facility, PureAlgalTM products are made through a patent-pending four-step process. The Euglena gracilis microalgae are grown indoors in sterile stainless steel tanks with purified water and food-grade fermentation nutrients. Once the algae accumulates 50% beta-glucan by weight, it is filtered and separated from the fermentation broth.

The beta-glucan can be further extracted intact and undamaged from the algae without the use of solvents or high heat, retaining its natural potency. The resulting product is dried, milled and packaged. Compared to yeast-based products containing only 60 – 80% beta-glucan, PureAlgalTM Beta-Glucan is more concentrated at 95%. It is also considered more bioavailable due to its linear structure and small particle size as well as being more efficacious in respect to key immune markers.

According to John Tucker, CEO of Algal Scientific, the choice of Valensa International as a commercialization partner for its PureAlgalTM ingredients was based on Valensa’s broad experience in the supplement and human nutrition markets – represented by the company’s experience in producing targeted, formulated products as well as its background with superfoods such as its Parry Organic Spirulina. “We are excited to work with the team at Valensa to help bring our unique algae-based ingredients to the human dietary supplement market,” he said. “We could not envision a better partner.”

About Valensa International, LLC

Headquartered in Eustis, Florida USA (near Orlando), Valensa International is a leading science- based developer and provider of high quality nature-sourced products for nutritional supplements and functional foods. Valensa’s certified organic production facilities are located in a protected pine/saw palmetto grove. Valensa International is the proud owner of more than 60 US and International Patents for Formulations and Manufacturing (Deep Extract® Supercritical CO2 and O2B® Peroxidation Blocker stabilization.)

Valensa brands include: FlexPro MD® and FlexPro ES® joint health formulations, Go Easy®, ImmunumTM, EyePro MD®, Pur-Blue® Premium Coated Spirulina, SpiruZan®, Prostate 360TM, Cran- Gyn® & FemCool® Women’s Health Formulas, Organic USPlus® Saw Palmetto Oil & Palmetto RossoTM, Zanthin® Natural Astaxanthin, Tresalbio® Chia Seed Extract, Chia Gold® Stabilized Chia Seed Oil, VerillaTM Perilla Oil, Ginger extract, Parry Organic Spirulina, and Parry Tomato Lycopene Complex.

Valensa is committed to production and processing that supports the environment and fair labor practices for those that work the land and participate in the production process. For more information,
visit www.valensa.com.

About Algal Scientific Corporation

Algal Scientific leverages extensive expertise in algal biology and fermentation to produce novel ingredients for functional foods, dietary supplements, and animal feeds. With a 30,000 sq. ft. production facility in Plymouth, Michigan, Algal Scientific produces PureAlgalTM Euglena gracilis and PureAlgalTM

Beta Glucan 95% for human consumption as well as an animal feed additive sold under the brand ProGlucan. Algal Scientific is committed to producing innovative algae-based nutritional products that are certified Kosher and Halal and are free of allergens, genetically engineered organisms, and contaminants. For more information, visit www.algalscientific.com or www.purealgal.com.