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March 2009

 


Ganeden Biotech and Heartland Sweeteners to Produce Probiotic Sweetener

INDIANAPOLIS (March 03, 2009) - Ganeden Biotech, Inc. a Cleveland-based manufacturer of the patented probiotic strain GanedenBC30T today announced an exclusive partnership with Heartland Sweeteners, an Indianapolis-based leading innovator of health and wellness products and calorie-free sweeteners, to produce a new probiotic-enhanced sweetener.

The companies will work together in the coming months to develop a calorie-free artificial sweetener to be distributed nationally in retail grocers, including many already carrying Heartland Sweeteners' Nevella® line. The new sweetener can be used in a variety of traditional sweetener applications, as well as in baked goods as a healthy, no-calorie alternative.

"This collaboration marks a significant step forward in our effort to take probiotics beyond the yogurt aisle," said Andrew Lefkowitz, CEO of Ganeden Biotech. "We are partnering with Heartland Sweeteners to quickly bring to market an innovative product that can help support and maintain a healthy digestive system and boost immunity."

Heartland Sweeteners chose Ganeden Biotech's patented probiotic bacteria, GanedenBC30, because of its unique ability to survive manufacturing and baking temperatures and remain shelf stable. GanedenBC30's superior survivability can be attributed to its protection by an organic shell, which allows the bacteria to reach the digestive tract alive and in large numbers where it can provide the greatest benefits to consumers. 

"By partnering with Ganeden Biotech, we can produce a sweetener that not only helps foods and beverages taste great, but also provides health benefits," said Michael Servie, President of Heartland Sweeteners. "Consumers now have an alternative to yogurts and dairy drinks and can now strengthen their body's defenses simply by adding this new product to their coffee, tea and baked goods". The collaboration is the latest partnership between Ganeden Biotech and national manufacturers looking to bring digestive and immune health benefits to new product offerings. "In recent months Ganeden Biotech has partnered with several companies to expand probiotics products beyond the refrigerated section of the grocery store."

About Ganeden Biotech

Founded in 1997, Ganeden Biotech, Inc. is based in Cleveland, Ohio and is the largest seller of over-the-counter probiotics in the U.S. through its Digestive Advantage® and SustenexT brands. It also licenses its patented probiotic bacteria, GanedenBC30, for use in commercial food and beverage applications, medical foods, nutraceuticals and in animal health industries. GanedenBC30 is self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by an independent panel of experts assembled to assess its safety in use as a food ingredient. For more information about licensing, visit www.ganedenlabs.com. For probiotic supplement information, visit www.digestiveadvantage.com or www.sustenex.com.

About Heartland Sweeteners, LLC

Based in Indianapolis, Heartland Sweeteners, LLC., is a leader in the production and development of innovative food products that are great for the whole family. Heartland produces and distributes branded and private label sweeteners for the food industry. Their branded products of Nevella® and idealT are great for the whole family, diabetics and people watching their calorie intake. Both Nevella and ideal are great for baking and are distributed throughout North America and expanding into Europe, Central and South America. Visit Heartland at www.idealsweet.com and www.nevella.com.

 

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United Country Announces Exclusive Affiliation with Earth Asset Partnership, LP

Shawn Smith, United Country's new affiliate and partner, specializes in complex land planning and valuation assignments, services that are now available to you as a marketing tool.

Earth Asset offers a comprehensive array of specialized real estate advisory services, including planning and valuation analysis for complex asset issues such as conservation and historic preservation easements, family property held in trust and multi-ownership problem solving.

Whether you're trying to secure a listing, quiet a buyer, or enlighten your clients about viable tax planning options such as conservation, Earth Asset is available to assist you. And, with United Country's exclusive partnership agreement, you will have the competitive advantage of Earth Asset's experience and skill set on your team.

Ms. Shawn M. Smith is the founder and manager of Earth Asset, as well as founder and co-owner of United Country's newest Vermont office, The Legacy Collection, located in historic Woodstock. Her law background is complemented by more than nine years of land planning, appraising and transactional experience.

Shawn's work is tailored to meet each client's individual needs, and she often creates work- products intended for intra-family decision-making, internal asset management, pre-acquisition market-edification, conservation opportunity and offer-price substantiation, pre-disposition planning and valuation analysis, and appraisals for IRS estate settlement and charitable gifting purposes. In addition to her advisory services, Shawn has participated in marketing and sales projects totaling more than $45 million.

Shawn has been awarded assignments ranging from 1 to 445,000 acres, routinely valuing properties in the $1,000,000 - $20,000,000 range, and she has more than $450,000,000 of real estate asset evaluation experience. This breadth of work has enhanced her ability to analyze a variety of asset types, especially properties with complicated legal and/or ownership issues, and those considered to be super-luxury. As a result, Shawn has the skill set necessary to provide clients with in-depth analysis of the value-consequences of conserving, holding, developing, selling and buying real estate.

If you have a "must get" listing opportunity, a seller with unrealistic expectations, a property that has been sitting with no activity or clients interested in exploring conservation options, Earth Asset may be able to help. In general, Shawn's consulting practice is fee-based. However, she has a number of options available that may suit your and your client's goals and needs. Contact her today to learn more!

Ms. Shawn Smith, Founder and Manager

Earth Asset Partnership and United Country - The Legacy Collection

(802) 457-4818;

Email: shawn@earthasset.com

www.earthasset.com

CASE STUDY: Sawyer Bay Farm

Over the course of Shawn's career, she has analyzed and valued a wide range of real estate asset types, including coastal and mountainous estates, family compounds, equestrian complexes, inns, gentlemen farms and timberland. Shawn has undertaken assignments all over the country, including a project for Boise Cascade relative to its 200,000-acre holding in Idaho, a luxury equestrian estate in Florida and a premier coastal estate on the eastern shore of Maryland.

One project Shawn successfully completed is the Sawyer Bay Farm, a 287-acre gentleman's farm located on Lake Champlain in northern Vermont. Through a connection with a former client, Shawn was contacted and asked to help the property owner and his family get a better handle on its value and determine what steps could make the property more appealing to buyers. In other words, Shawn was engaged to first develop an opinion of "highest and best use" and associated market value, and then to manage a market-preparation project.

Shawn was engaged for the Sawyer Bay Farm project in May 2007; the property had been for sale since 2006. Initially listed for $12.5 million, the property had been reduced over time to $6.495 million. According to the listing broker, the property had not received any offers during its time on the market.

In order to transition Sawyer Bay Farm into a property that would present better to the marketplace, as well as to convince the property owner to list it at a defendable, sound price, Shawn spent several days on-site inspecting the property and its improvements, land and shoreline. She also spent several days researching in the town hall, interviewing the state permitting officer via telephone and managing the creation of GIS plans. Finally, Shawn participated in land planning and valuation analysis, prepared a market value report documenting opinion of value and potential list prices with expected days on market, and managed landscape architects, a landscaper, an interior designer and contractors.

Following Shawn's completion of this engagement, the Sawyer Bay Farm was listed again, this time at Shawn's suggested price of $4.35 million. The listing broker used Shawn's GIS plans for marketing and after just three months on the market, the property was put under agreement. Sawyer Bay Farm is a significant success for Earth Asset not only for the activity generated for the sellers, but also for the property's extremely brief time on the market.

About United Country

United Country Real Estate is the largest integrated real estate and auction company in the U.S. Based in Kansas City, Mo., the company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country is the only national franchise specializing in country properties. The company supports nearly 675 offices nationwide with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing web sites (over 750 separate sites), publishes seven proprietary real estate catalogs with a cumulative distribution of 1.5 million, an extensive, current buyer database and national advertising of properties to more than 90 million potential buyer prospects a week. United Country has been recognized as a Top 25 Franchise by the Wall Street Journal and among Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500®.

 

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New Study Shows Probiotic Strain Effective in Boosting Immune Response 

--Bacillus coagulans boosts key immune marker upon exposure to cold and flu viruses

CLEVELAND, March 12, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A promising new study in the March issue of Postgraduate Medicine suggests that a strain of probiotic bacteria, GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, PTA-6086), increases the body's immune response to viruses that cause common viral respiratory tract infections such as colds and flu. Study data showed significant increases in T-cell production of TNF-alpha, a key immune marker, versus control upon exposure to adenovirus and influenza A in healthy adults who consumed a daily capsule of GanedenBC30 for 30 days. While many health professionals believe that probiotics can help people who have specific health conditions, there has been controversy surrounding the benefits of probiotics in healthy people. The new study supports the idea that probiotics can indeed benefit those who are healthy.

The study measured the changes in blood TNF-alpha levels upon exposure to adenovirus and influenza A in 10 healthy adults prior to and following a 30 day regimen of GanedenBC30, which is marketed as a dietary supplement called Sustenex and is also available in a variety of fortified packaged foods. Results showed a 250% increase in TNF-alpha levels with adenovirus and a 1709% increase in TNF-alpha levels with influenza A after subjects took the probiotics for a period of 30 days. Increased production of TNF-alpha in response to viral exposure indicates a heightened immunological effect.

Colds and flu are the most common illnesses among humans. They have significant health and economic consequences, especially among young children, the elderly, and people with underlying or chronic conditions. Every year, an average of 5 to 20 percent of people in the U.S. contract the flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu-related complications, and approximately 36,000 people die from the flu. It is also estimated that 1 billion colds occur annually in the U.S.

"These results demonstrate the ability of GanedenBC30 to boost the immune system of healthy adults against viruses that cause some of the most common human illnesses," said Mira Baron, M.D., author of the study. "The study helps support the long-suspected belief about the beneficial effects of GanedenBC30 on the immune system and adds to the emerging body of evidence that probiotics can benefit healthy people as well as those with specific health issues.

Probiotics are live, beneficial microorganisms similar to the "friendly" bacteria found naturally in the body's digestive system and have best been known for their ability to support the body's digestive system by helping to reduce symptoms of digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, gas, and bloating. Researchers have long postulated the role probiotics play in boosting immune function through promoting a healthy bacterial ecosystem in the digestive tract, which comprises approximately 70 percent of the body's immune system, a hypothesis supported by the current study.

"The results of this research are interesting and set the stage for the continued study of the effects of the GanedenBC30 strain of probiotics on the immune system," said Dr. Justin Sonnenburg, an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, who has reviewed the study's findings. "The standard practice today is for people to take medicine to achieve symptomatic relief of colds and flu, but this research hints that healthy adults may be able to boost their immune system to potentially ward off infection and prevent such illnesses."

The study points out that different strains of probiotics have different inherent properties, suggesting that the unique ability of GanedenBC30 to survive common conditions that can potentially kill other probiotics before they can have a beneficial effect, such as manufacturing conditions, extreme temperatures, and the harsh gastric environment, may contribute to its ability to support the immune system. Dr. Ken Alibek, M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., an infectious disease, microbiology, and immunology expert who has studied Bacillus coagulans extensively, believes that the strain may be the most ideal in existence, noting that "no other probiotic has the ability like that of Bacillus coagulans to survive the challenges probiotics face in reaching the intestinal tract where they can do good" and added that "once there, no other strain is as prolific in producing the beneficial by-products responsible for many of the benefits of probiotics."

"This study is another step forward in our understanding of probiotics and the many health benefits they can deliver," said Andrew Lefkowitz, CEO of Ganeden Biotech, which helped fund the study through a research grant and has completed a total of seven clinical trials using GanedenBC30, including trials in immunity, IBS, intestinal gas, Crohn's disease, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. "We will continue to fund research investigating the benefits of GanedenBC30 and its ability to improve the quality of life."

About Ganeden Biotech

Founded in 1996, Ganeden Biotech Inc. is a private company based in Cleveland, Ohio, and is the largest seller of over-the-counter probiotics in the U.S. through its Digestive Advantage and Sustenex brands. It also licenses its patented probiotic bacteria, GanedenBC30, for use in commercial food and beverage applications as well as in medical foods and dietary supplements. GanedenBC30 was found to be Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by an independent expert panel assembled to assess its safety in use as a food ingredient. Digestive Advantage and Sustenex are available at over 40,000 retailers nationwide including Walmart, CVS/pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Stop & Shop, Giant, Publix, Kroger, and Target.

 

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Red Mango Introduces the First Probiotic Iced Tea July 27  

Red Mango introduces first probiotic iced teas July 27. The delicious and nutritious teas are available in three unique flavors. (PRNewsFoto/Red Mango)

Includes New and Exclusive Probiotic GanedenBC30(R), in Its All Natural Frozen Yogurt

DALLAS, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Mango, the fastest-growing retailer of authentic nonfat frozen yogurt, today announced it will become the first retailer to offer made-to-order iced teas fortified with probiotics. Three proprietary flavors, all incorporating GanedenBC30(R), a patented strain of probiotic shown to help support the immune system and regulate the digestive system, are available in participating Red Mango stores beginning July 27. Additionally, Red Mango's Original, Pomegranate by POM Wonderful(R) and Tangomonium(TM) authentic frozen yogurt sold throughout New York will now include GanedenBC30 through an exclusive agreement. By September, all other Red Mango stores will have frozen yogurt with GanedenBC30.

Lemonocity(TM) (Lemonade Green Tea), Mysteaque(TM) (Vanilla Black Tea) and Fanteasia(TM) (Wildberry Hibiscus Tea) iced teas are each uniquely delicious, low-calorie, sweetened with natural cane sugar and contain a significant amount of probiotics, or good bacteria. Since its inception, Red Mango has focused on educating its customers about the advantages of authentic frozen yogurt and the probiotics Red Mango contains.

"Red Mango provides easy and delicious ways to be healthy," said Dan Kim, Red Mango's founder, president and chief executive officer. "Our new iced teas have both the benefits of antioxidants and probiotics, and our frozen yogurt became even healthier with the addition of GanedenBC30."

GanedenBC30 provides additional health benefits because of its excellent stability, which helps it survive better through the digestive system. Scientists now recognize that 70 percent of our immune system is actually living in the digestive tract, which emphasizes the importance of digestive health.

"Red Mango is redefining a healthy treat. Their nonfat frozen yogurt, already naturally rich in probiotics is now fortified with the GanedenBC30 strain. It's a delicious all-natural treat that is good for you," stated Dr. Steven Pratt, the physician who revolutionized the superfoods movement and author of bestselling "SuperFoodsRx" and the recently published "SuperHealth: 6 Simple Steps, 6 Easy Weeks, 1 Longer, Healthier Life."

Red Mango frozen yogurt is 100 percent natural, made in the ways real yogurt is made, and offers a deliciously authentic yogurt flavor. It contains significant amounts of live and active cultures that are beneficial to one's health, has no fat, is gluten-free and contains no preservatives or artificial ingredients. In 2007, Red Mango became the first natural frozen yogurt concept in the U.S. to be certified by the National Yogurt Association's Live and Active Culture seal program, which confirms that Red Mango meets or exceeds the criteria for healthy frozen yogurt.

About Red Mango:

Founded in 2002 in South Korea, Red Mango opened its first U.S. store in July 2007 in Los Angeles and has since celebrated more than 50 store openings across California, New York, Washington, Illinois, Hawaii, New Jersey, Nevada, Utah, Indiana, Arizona and Texas. Red Mango received Nation's Restaurant News' 2009 "Hot Concepts!" award and has been named the best frozen yogurt in Seattle, Las Vegas, Chicago, Utah and New York by independent publications. Headquartered in Dallas, Red Mango serves uniquely delicious frozen yogurt that is all-natural, nonfat, gluten-free and packed with beneficial live and active probiotic cultures. Red Mango's frozen yogurt has been certified by the National Yogurt Association's Live and Active Culture Seal for meeting the required criteria for healthy frozen yogurt. Red Mango is a portfolio company of CIC Partners, also headquartered in Dallas, one of the premier mid-market private equity firms in the nation. For more information about Red Mango, please visit www.redmangousa.com. For franchising information, please visit www.redmangofranchising.com or call 214-871-6865.

About Ganeden Biotech:

Founded in 1997, Ganeden Biotech, Inc. is based in Cleveland, Ohio and is the largest seller of over-the-counter probiotics in the U.S. through its Digestive Advantage(R) and Sustenex(TM) brands. It also licenses its patented probiotic bacteria, GanedenBC30, for use in commercial food and beverage applications, medical foods, nutraceuticals and in animal health industries. GanedenBC30 is self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by an independent panel of experts assembled to assess its safety in use as a food ingredient. For information about GanedenBC30, visit www.ganedenbc30.com and for licensing information, visit www.ganedenlabs.com.

About Steven Pratt, M.D.

Steven Pratt, M.D. is the author of "SuperHealth" and the bestselling "SuperFoodsRx" books and is the scientific brain behind the growing SuperFoodsRx brand. He is a nationally recognized medical authority on diet, lifestyle and longevity science. In scientific forums around the world, Dr. Pratt has lectured on diet and its relation to chronic disease. He is a senior member of the medical staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. SOURCE Red Mango