Botanicals International Granted U.S. Patent for Manufacturing of Powder Ingredients

Applications for Pharmaceutical, Nutritional and Herbal Products

Long Beach, Calif., Oct. 30, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Botanicals International (BI), one of the world's leading suppliers of natural ingredients to dietary supplement, pharmaceutical and food ingredient manufacturers, today announced that the United States Patent Office granted a new patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,276,917) to the Company.

The patent covers a process to form herbal powders that are denser, more granular and generate less dust without the use of fillers or excipients. As a result, BI customers can improve their manufacturing efficiencies and product quality, in a cost-effective manner.

"BI has consistently led the industry through high quality products, innovation, and strong regulatory expertise. This latest invention demonstrates our company's on-going commitment to the dietary supplement industry, as well as our technical group's understanding of the difficulties our customer's can experience in processing herbal products," said Emilio Gutierrez, BI's technical director.

The new product line will be marketed under the Ultra HD or UHD (Ultra - High - Density) trade name.

Botanicals International, founded in 1977 and headquartered in Long Beach, California, is a full service supplier of dietary supplements. BI manufactured products undergo quality testing under the Identilok(r) species identification process. BI's products include whole herb powders and teas, standardized and drug ratio extracts, custom blends designed for specific indications, vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements.


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